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Old 02-14-2004, 08:18 AM   #1
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DLINK DFE-530TX and Mandrake 9.2

As I understand from another Website, the Dlink DFE-530TX is supposed to function in Mandrake Linux 9.2. However, they did not offer any thoughts as to how one makes it happen. HardDrake identifies the card as a VT86C100A [Rhine 10/100]. Upon entering DrakConnect, under LAN configuration, it lists eth0 as being down. I then click Configure Local Area Network..., enter an IP address and subnet mask, set Boot Protocol to static, and select yes for Started on boot. I click Activate now, and nothing happens. If I click Ok and close out the LAN configuration window, the IP address and subnet mask disappear. If I Launch the wizard and enter the particulars, it seems to maintain the settings with the exception of the DNS server, which always reverts back to the loopback address ( However, when I go back into LAN Configuration again, the settings are missing. To me, one who has spent many years dealing with Microsoft OS issues, the problem appears to be driver-related, or at least related to the card's settings that the driver should accommodate.

If the problem is driver-related, how do I install a new driver and get the card functioning? The documentation seems to bypass driver installation altogether. I have already downloaded one from Dlink for Linux in tar format. If the problem is related to something else, what is the problem and how do I correct it?

BTW: The system upon which Mandrake runs is dual-booting with Windows XP Pro.


Greg Shade


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