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Old 05-08-2004, 06:28 PM   #1
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Hi all,

after a year or so hiatus off from the last debacle of a Linux attempt, I have decided to give Linux another go.

Old machine (P180/64MB RAM/2GB drive) that actually installed Debian smoothly this time. Got X running first try and everthing.

I have three ISA NICS. An Intel FA82595, an SMC 83C690L and a NetgearEA201. None of these NIC's get recognized by the O/S and none will install. I actually found a driver for the Netgear card and got as far as extraction in DOS to the floppy. The readme then states-

1. Login to the network as root. (On maintenance mode)

2. Insert the driver diskette in Drive A and use the "doscp" command
to copy the SCOUNIX Driver into the UNIX directory.
For example:

# cd /
# doscp a:/scounix/setup setup
(or # doscp b:/scounix/setup setup)
# chmod +x /setup
# ./setup a:/scounix
(or # ./setup b:/scounix)

Well doscp is not a valid command and i'll be darned if I can find any way to make it, or any of the others work. In fact I have scoured the WWW for two days on how to install a NIC driver under Linux and there simply is no 1-2-3 tutorial that I can find. Seems that if it is not recognized during the inital set-up you are SOL. Even going back to dpkg-reconfigure (insert package here, I have not found an applicable one yet) there is no way to tell it to look at the floppy. In fact isn't the filesystem completely different anyway? How could this ever work??

Any ideas out there on how to do this? Please don't say go buy a PCI NIC.
These things will all work all the way back to WIN 3.11 so Linux MUST be able to use them somehow.

Old 05-09-2004, 10:02 PM   #2
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You shouldn't have to compile the drivers; they should be already there and ready to be loaded with the modprobe command. Nothing involving the letters "SCO" will ever be of any help with Linux.

For the Intel FA82595, try (as root):

modprobe eepro

For the SMC 83C690L (as root):

modprobe wd

For the Netgear EA201 (as root):

modprobe ne



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