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Old 09-29-2003, 01:12 PM   #1
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Question Ethernet card will not activate


I am running Redhat 9, and I have a 3com 3c920 ethernet card. The problem is that I do not have the settings for the card, and it will not activate. This is rather frustrating! I am a newbie, and would really appreciate any help with this.

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If your system is a laptop and that's a pcmcia card, read on. If not, this post won't be any help.

Try (as root) "pcmcia start".

If the pcmcia stuff isn't running, the kernel can't see the hardware when its trying to load modules to figure out what card you've got.

(You might need to install some more packages to have the pcmcia command. If you're on a laptop, you definitely want it. Look for "pcmcia".)

I may be able to help if it's an ordinary ethernet card also, but I need more details -- what kind of system you're putting it in, how long that card's been on the market, and so forth. Try a Google search on "linux 3c920 driver". That may turn up a driver if it's a new card.

I'll be mildly suprised if that's the problem, though. Most of the ethernet manufactures have gotten pretty good about including Linux drivers with the card when they make a new one.

Good luck,

Old 10-05-2003, 07:09 PM   #3
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Well, not sure if I can help, but I'll do my best. In RH, I noticed it wouldn't pick up my NIC either, until I turned off the "Plug and Play OS" setting in my BIOS. After that, it picked up the card and all was well. I am a Slackware user now, and it has never had a problem. What distro are you using? Do any messages relating to eth0 (first NIC) show during boot? You can run the command "dmesg" to look at the kernel's boot process and check what the various hardware components did at boot time. Good luck!



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