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Old 01-12-2002, 11:44 AM   #1
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SUSE 7.3 Ethernet probs


Finally got SUSE 7.3 running on my HP N5425 laptop w/ no probs except it will not find my on board ethernet (Accton EN2422), not my 3Com FE575 PCMCIA ethernet card, and of course not my DLink DWL-650 802.11b card. Obviously, I would prefer to use my wireless but I 'm getting desperate, hence the 3Com card. SUSE tech support suggested I enter tulip in the module section of the network card configuration in YaST2. No tulip module to be found in Yast2... Cannot get a link light on any of the ethernet connections. This is really frustrating me since I can't get Redhat or Mandrake t recognize this laptop's monitor. All help/suggestiosn would be appreciated.
 
Old 01-13-2002, 01:33 AM   #2
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I think that enabling the tulip driver would do it if anybody could help me do it in SUSE 7.3
 
Old 01-13-2002, 01:02 PM   #3
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I don't know much about Suse as I'm a big fan of burned ISOs and Live-evals make me gag.

The onboard card should be supported, and the 3Com card should definately be supported. Why you pop in the card, and this may sound childish, but bear with me... does the machine make 2 high pitched beeps? or, a high pitched beep and... well, a bonk. The first noise is it finding the existence of the card, the second is the card being initialized properly, or improperly.

What's the output of lsmod and lspci from the command line (with the 3com in)?

The module probably loaded right, its probably just a matter of configuring the card. Tulip should have been the module to work with the onboard accton, but after googling a bit it looks like that chipset is being a pain.

Also, the wireless card has support, sort of. The D-Link card works off of the prism2 intersil chipset and Linux support is just coming out of its infancy and into adolescence. It tends to steal the car and run it in to trash cans. Regardless, there are 3, yep, 3 possible drivers to get it to work. One is the orinoco driver package (probably on your machine) which is really made for lucent cards but evidently supports prism2 cards somewhat, two is from a project group called Linux-wlan, and the last is produced by this french grad student (no kidding), which works really well. I can supply the URLs if you would like, I'm just overcome by a fit of laziness.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 01-13-2002, 01:31 PM   #4
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Beep sequence w/ ALL of the cards is beep, beep beep, bonk. There is a built in console log that runs in the background in SUSE that displays "linux kernel: spurious 8259a interrupt:IRQ7"
Line from lspci (don't know how to use insmod) states: "Accton Technology Corporation: Unknown device 9910 (rev 11)
I have been busy trying the various 3Com drivers in Yast2 but none seem to work and I can't find any evidence that SUSE even knows the D-Link and the 3Com exist! If I could get Redhat to work w/ the this laptop's monitor I'm sure all would be well but Redhat and Mandrake wouldn't configure the monitor properly so I bought SUSE for $40. Thanks for your help, didn't seem like anybody was going to even try.
 
Old 01-13-2002, 02:51 PM   #5
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I wish I could help more. I don't know much about the GUI configurators like Yast2 for SuSe and Linuxconf for RH as they tend to be wildly different from distro to distro, so I largely avoid them.

Lemme get this straight though... if you have both cards in (I keep forgetting laptops come with two PCMCIA slots, my bloody Thinkpad doesn't), then one set of drivers got loaded. Oh, before I might have mistyped, 'lsmod' will list all of the modules currently loaded. 'insmod' is the command to insert another module into the running kernel: 'insmod tulip', for instance, would try to ram the tulip modules into the kernel.

Sorry, fiddling with eth devices is kind of a pain without information... I bet it loaded the orninoco driver for the wireless card...

What do you get from: 'dmesg'
That's the output of the actual loaded kernel, more or less. As you load more modules, more messages will appear in dmesg. Its great for de-bugging WHY something didn't load instead of say... RedHat's linuxconf message: insmod failed.

Also, some more people should jump in here soon, hopefully someone who knows the ins and outs of SuSe so you can figure out how to get this to all work automagically after we figure out what the problem is.

Cheers,

Finegan
 
Old 01-13-2002, 03:18 PM   #6
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dmesg worked well. Learning something new everyday in Linux which is why I love it. Here goes:
eth0: 3CM 3CCFE575CT Tornado CardBus at 0x200, 00:00:86:51:f2:25, IRQ 11 product code 'NV' rev 10.0 date 04-10-97
eth0: CardBus functns mapped 60020000->e119c000.8K byte-wide RAM 5:3 Rx:Tx split, MII interface.
Enabling bus-master transmits and whole frame receives.
cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffffff: clean.
hermes.c: 12 Dec 2000 David Gibson
orinoco.c.0.07
dldwd: David's Less Dodgy WaveLAN/IEEE Driver
orinoco_cs.c 0.06
eth1: Firmware ID 1F vendor0x5 (UNKNOWN) version 1.03
eth1 MAC address
eth 1 Staion name "Prism I"
eth1: ready
eth1: index 0x01: Vcc 3.3, irq3 io 0x0100-0x013f

I think that's all of the relevant info as far as my connectivity issues go. You were rightabout the drivers for the wireless! It looks to me like they're in there but how do I enable/input the MAC address of my wireless hub to my wireless card. The wireless card is getting power and blinking which usaully means it just needs the MAC address of the wireless hub. I will call anybody on my dime who thinks that might be able to help and have the time to waste. Thank you very much for helping so far!
 
Old 01-13-2002, 04:09 PM   #7
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First off... it seems that the wired card, the 3Com, was initialized properly... to make sure, try these commands:

'ifconfig eth0 xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx up' That will assign the IP address... of whatever you put in for the xxx's and bring the device up.

'ifconfig' This will give you the listing of all current working network devices. lo means loopback by the way.

'iwconfig' is the main command among a number of others that come in the wireless tools package. Try: 'iwconfig eth1' If it returns no such command found or something, you're going to have to install the wireless-tools.v19(20?21?).rpm that is somewhere on those SuSe CDs. Then just 'man iwconfig' to figure out how to manipulate the card settings....

Hopefully the wireless card will work. You have to remember that the orinoco driver's support for the D-Link card is considered in infancy. That 'bonk' may have been the card not initializing properly... poke through dmesg to make certain.

Also... you may not need to fiddle with iwconfig. The default is to have the card initialized in promiscuous mode, so unless you gave your wireless network a name... or whatever, try:

'dhcpcd eth1'

That will probably just sit there and time out eventually. It takes about 60 seconds to give up. If it takes less than that, check to see if it worked under 'ifconfig'.

Cheers,

Finegan

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