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Old 05-07-2004, 08:53 AM   #1
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ISA network card. I have io, irq and driver -now what?

I got an isa card that I'm trying to get to work on an old pentium running slackware 9. I have had some trouble with it, but I've managed to get isapnp to activate it, I think. Here's the output when I run isapnp:

Board 1 has Identity 70 61 f0 e3 05 01 22 05 07:  AXE2201 Serial No 1643176709 [checksum 70]
AXE2201/1643176709[0]{Ethernet PnP ISA Card /S   }: Port 0x240; IRQ5 --- Enabled OK
(The line breaks might be wrong since my screen is very small)

Looking good, I proceed to load the driver module:
modprobe ne irq=5 io=0x240
and get:
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/net/ne.o.gz: init_module: No such device or address
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/net/ne.o.gz: Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters,
 including invalid IO or IRQ parameters.
 You may find more information in syslog or the output from dmesg
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/net/ne.o.gz: insmod /lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/net/ne.o.gz failed
/lib/modules/2.4.20/kernel/drivers/net/ne.o.gz: insmod ne failed
There's nothing in dmesg, just the name of the module. Since the irq and io address are the same as reported by isapnp, I don't really know what to try next. eth0 is supposed to pop up in the output of ifconfig when the module is loaded, right?

I believe ne is the correct module. The guy I got the card from didn't remember how to configure it, but he was sure it was an ne2000 clone. I've also been searching for this AXE2201 string, and every page I found says that it uses the ne module.

There is no text or identifiers on the card by the way. Only a number that turned up no matches on google.

What else... I tried with and without PnP enabled in BIOS. When it is enabled it reports the following:
ISA/PNP device listing ...
Card No. Device No. DMA   IRQ   Device Name
   1        0       NA     5    Ethernet PnP ISA Card /S
I also wrote a script that modprobed ne with all possible combinations of irq and io, looking for "eth" in the output of ifconfig for each one, just in case But no hits.

So, does anyone hace any advice on what I should try next?
Old 05-07-2004, 06:03 PM   #2
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Guess what -this text is streaming to the linuxquestions server from an isa network card! Yep, I guess it did work all the time, but ifconfig didn't show any eth0 until I configured an ip address and all that. I can't really see what I'm typing now though, I'm using lynx and feeling very lost. I'd better continue with the installation and get X running.


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