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Old 06-23-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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network problem with laptop

I just installed debian on my old notebook, and it's having trouble with the ethernet interface. On booting up, it says "flipping to 10Base2" and then won't initiate properly, either through dhcp or statically. After a while (few minutes) it flips back to 10BaseT, and then I can run dhclient and get an IP. I can't figure out how to get it to boot up in 10BaseT mode to begin with. mii-tool can't see it, and ethtool just keeps saying "operation not supported" with everything.

the module is 3c589_cs, with the ethernet going through a pcmcia card. I upgraded to lenny/sid, and everything else seems pretty much okay. do I have to set something in one of the /etc module files?

>> edit: not sure if this helps or not:

debian:~/# modinfo 3c589_cs
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.18-6-486/kernel/drivers/net/pcmcia/3c589_cs.ko
author:         David Hinds <>
description:    3Com 3c589 series PCMCIA ethernet driver
license:        GPL
vermagic:       2.6.18-6-486 mod_unload 486 REGPARM gcc-4.1
depends:        pcmcia,pcmcia_core
alias:          pcmcia:m0101c0562f*fn00pfn*pa*pb*pc*pd*
alias:          pcmcia:m*c*f*fn00pfn*paF03E4E77pb*pc*pd*
alias:          pcmcia:m0101c0589f*fn*pfn*pa*pb*pc*pd*
alias:          pcmcia:m*c*f*fn*pfn*pa58D93FC4pb992C2202pc*pd*
alias:          pcmcia:m0101c0035f*fn00pfn*pa*pb*pc*pd*
alias:          pcmcia:m0101c003Df*fn00pfn*pa*pb*pc*pd*
parm:           if_port:int

Last edited by slackhack; 06-23-2008 at 01:54 PM.
Old 06-24-2008, 01:50 PM   #2
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bump - doesn't do this with knoppix cd... still searching for the reason...


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