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Old 06-23-2003, 08:58 PM   #1
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Netgear FA511 with Linux


I am looking and hoping for feedback regarding which latest version of Linux (Red Hat, Mandrake, Slackware, etc) is compatible with the Netgear FA511 PCMCIA card. I purchased this card however no matter what I tried I was not able to get it to work with Red Hat 9. Anyone here who has the same card and got it to work with any version of Linux?

Any suggestions and ideas will be greatly appreciated.

Old 06-24-2003, 01:42 AM   #2
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This probably won't help you much but I went digging through /etc/pcmcia/config and found an entry for the FA511A.

card "NetGear FA511A Fast Ethernet"
manfid 0x022d, 0x511a
bind "tulip"

From what I know about that card, that should be all you need to get is work with pcmcia3.1.31-9. This is for a stock RedHat 8.0 install. I don't know if the tulip driver needs any tweaking.

Good Luck
Old 08-16-2003, 04:58 PM   #3
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I just bought a Netgear FA511 to replace a DLink dfe690txd that had no 2.4 drivers.

The FA511 worked out of the box under Suse 8.2 (pcmcia-cs 3.2.3-47) [uses the tulip driver] running on a Thinkpad 570.

Old 10-05-2003, 02:41 PM   #4
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Do my eyes deceive me? Someone has managed to get the FA511 working under Linux?

Back in February or March I tried to get the FA511 working on my old Thinkpad 770ED. I tried various distros, from Slack to Mandrake to Redhat, but none worked. So I tearfully had to get out my Win2000 CD and reinstall Windows

None of the distros I tried came with the tulip_cb driver needed by the FA511, plus my laptop's speakers stopped working in Linux.

But if the FA511 works with Linux now then I just might give it another shot and give Slackware 9.1 a try.
Old 10-06-2003, 04:10 PM   #5
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The tulip driver is supported in the kernel, at least the 2.4.22 kernel. Don't know if the bare.i has it enabled. I had it working in my test box.


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