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Old 01-29-2004, 10:37 AM   #1
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Smoothwall 2.0 & DFE-530 TX REV A

Dear Linux Users,

I've been struggling with a paticular setup for the past few days, and I was wondering if someone could please shed some light on my situation.

I've been tinkering around with several linux firewall distro's lately and I settled on smoothwall Firewall.

After attempting to use coyote linux, freesco, etc. I expeirenced rather the same problem.

My problem is with the network card I am attempting to use.

My setup is.

Motherboard : I430VX-02071997C-00 - PCChips
Eth0 : (GREEN) DFE-530TX REV A - reconized as a via-rhime
Eth1 : (RED) Linksys 10/100 Ethernet Lan Card - reconized as tulip,

Everything else has been stripped out of the computer, except for a HDD/FDD & CDROM.

Memory - 64MB.

I originally encountered a problem with trying to use two Linksys 10/100 Ethernet Lan Cards, or two D-Link 538TX network cards. The system refused to boot with any comination of thoose four.

Changed Video card out, tried playing with the BIOS and then reinserting the second of thoose 4, but each time the system wouldn't boot/no video/no audio error.

So I found luck with a DFE-530TX REV-A that I pulled from another machine, which reconizes the card and allows me to boot. assigns IRQ as well.

The problem i'm expierencing is,

The install goes so far as detecting the DFE-530TX REV-A as a via-rhime, and everything completes.

However, this card will not provide IP addresses.

I confirmed that this card is functional on two seperate machines, changes PCI slots, assignment. But still no luck.

The linksys card seems to reconize the WAN connection though.

Any tips, hints?

Thanks in advance.

Old 01-29-2004, 04:57 PM   #2
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It's not the cards job to provide an IP address, thats up to the system admin for static IPs and the DHCP server for dynamic IPs


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