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Old 11-02-2013, 04:08 AM   #1
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pnpdump and ISA 3c515 "corkscrew" board

Hi, I have an ACHME 486 DX 2-66 Motherboard. I have replaced the HP network card with a 3Com 3c515 Corkscrew network card.

The 3c515 card is plug and play and I have not had any success so far in getting it working with my linux kernel. The kernel has the drivers for the card compiled in and upon booting says that 0 3C515 cards were found.

I have made use of isapnptools but running "pnpdump" says no boards found.

I was wondering if I am missing a step needed in order to get the 3c515 card seen by the kernel ?

(Info on 3c515 driver
Old 11-02-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
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If pnpdump doesn't see the board, it's not responding to PnP probes. That's not a driver problem, but a problem with the card or the motherboard. Try re-seating the card and check for excessive dust buildup inside the slot.

I know the 3c509 can be configured to operate in non-PnP mode with hardcoded I/O port, IRQ and DMA settings. I don't know if that's also the case with the 3c515, but if it is, you may need to use the 3Com diagnostic/configuration tool (an MS-DOS application) to view/change the settings.
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Old 11-02-2013, 10:15 AM   #3
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ok, will bootup into DOS and use the 3c5x9x configuration disk, and see what happens...
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Hello there.... It is not a plug and play computer but the instructions say I can manually set the card from DOS (using the EtherDisk). I have removed all the other ISA cards from the machine....

I tried booting up in DOS and using the 3c515 EtherDisk disk.

I get the following message when I try to run the INSTALL.EXE from the "3COM Diskette EtherDisk (R) Diskette for the 3C515 Fast EtherLink ISA":

"Error getting the current working directory
Press any key to continue..."

I am guessing this is because I do not have a hard drive on this machine - I am guessing it is looking for a C drive.
Old 04-09-2017, 03:44 AM   #5
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Just to let you know..... I have not yet got the corkscrew board working yet but I have been using a 3com 3c509 instead.

This thread show what I got up to in terms of ISA network cards:

eexpress 16 10+ ISA network card


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