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Old 02-02-2004, 02:58 AM   #1
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3com 3c575 10/100 pccard working only in 10 mode

Hi all,
I searched the forum for a similar problem and came by a few threads but for non working cards and this one

where there is a driver for my card.

I am using a laptop and a 3com 3cxfe575bt pcmcia card using the 3c9x driver. (SuSE 9.0 chose the driver for me!). Is there any way to change this driver with the one mentionned in the above thread?

Thanks in advance for the kind answer
Old 02-03-2004, 05:21 AM   #2
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Hi all,
I found the driver I am looking for. It is in the lib/modules/2.4.21-166-default/pcmcia-external and is called 3c575_cb.o.
Now would anyone be so kind to point me in the right direction on how to change the current driver to the 575 one. I don't know how to do that and much more...

Old 02-04-2004, 08:15 AM   #3
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Hi to all who read this article,
if anyone has the same problem please at least leave a message so I know I'm not alone fighting my linux laptop. I learn a lot by reading all these articles but still can't figure out how to change my driver for the right one.

Here I put some info:


Module Size Used by Not tainted
videodev 5696 0 (autoclean)
isa-pnp 30664 0 (unused)
usbserial 18620 0 (autoclean) (unused)
parport_pc 26248 1 (autoclean)
lp 6208 0 (autoclean)
parport 22888 1 (autoclean) [parport_pc lp]
ipv6 209952 -1 (autoclean)
key 63256 0 (autoclean) [ipv6]
3c59x 26160 1
ds 6668 2
yenta_socket 9760 2
pcmcia_core 43232 0 [ds yenta_socket]
hid 19972 0 (unused)
keybdev 1996 0 (unused)
mousedev 4084 1
joydev 5120 0 (unused)
evdev 3584 0 (unused)
input 3360 0 [hid keybdev mousedev joydev evdev]
usb-uhci 22224 0 (unused)
usbcore 58668 1 [usbserial hid usb-uhci]
raw1394 16592 0 (unused)
ieee1394 183364 0 [raw1394]
nls_cp437 4348 1 (autoclean)
vfat 9900 1 (autoclean)
fat 30712 0 (autoclean) [vfat]
nls_iso8859-1 2812 3 (autoclean)
ntfs 74924 2 (autoclean)
lvm-mod 63236 0 (autoclean)
reiserfs 199476 1


Linux version 2.4.21-166-default ( (gcc version 3.3.1 (SuSE Linux)) #1 Thu Dec 18 18:23:14 UTC 2003
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000000bfe0000 (usable)
BIOS-e820: 000000000bfe0000 - 000000000bff0000 (ACPI data)
BIOS-e820: 000000000bff0000 - 000000000c000000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000100a0000 - 00000000100b6e00 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000100b6e00 - 00000000100b7000 (ACPI NVS)
BIOS-e820: 00000000100b7000 - 0000000010100000 (reserved)
BIOS-e820: 00000000fff80000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
821MB vmalloc/ioremap area available.
0MB HIGHMEM available.
191MB LOWMEM available.
ACPI: have wakeup address 0xc0001000
On node 0 totalpages: 49120
zone(0): 4096 pages.
zone(1): 45024 pages.
zone(2): 0 pages.
Building zonelist for node : 0
Kernel command line: root=/dev/hda8 vga=0x317 acpi=off desktop splash=silent
bootsplash: silent mode.
Initializing CPU#0
Detected 366.640 MHz processor.
Console: colour dummy device 80x25
Calibrating delay loop... 722.94 BogoMIPS
Memory: 190560k/196480k available (1579k kernel code, 5532k reserved, 605k data, 160k init, 0k highmem)
Dentry cache hash table entries: 32768 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
Inode cache hash table entries: 16384 (order: 5, 131072 bytes)
Mount cache hash table entries: 512 (order: 0, 4096 bytes)
Buffer-cache hash table entries: 8192 (order: 3, 32768 bytes)
Page-cache hash table entries: 65536 (order: 6, 262144 bytes)
CPU: L1 I cache: 16K, L1 D cache: 16K
CPU: L2 cache: 256K
Intel machine check architecture supported.
Intel machine check reporting enabled on CPU#0.
CPU: After generic, caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Common caps: 0183f9ff 00000000 00000000 00000000
CPU: Intel Mobile Pentium II stepping 0a
Enabling fast FPU save and restore... done.
Checking 'hlt' instruction... OK.
POSIX conformance testing by UNIFIX
mtrr: v1.40 (20010327) Richard Gooch (
mtrr: detected mtrr type: Intel
ACPI: Subsystem revision 20030619
ACPI: Disabled via command line (acpi=off)
PCI: PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfedce, last bus=21
PCI: Using configuration type 1
PCI: Probing PCI hardware
PCI: Probing PCI hardware (bus 00)
PCI: Using IRQ router PIIX [8086/7110] at 00:05.0
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0b.0
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0b.1
PCI: Cannot allocate resource region 4 of device 00:05.1
Limiting direct PCI/PCI transfers.
Linux NET4.0 for Linux 2.4
Based upon Swansea University Computer Society NET3.039
Initializing RT netlink socket
apm: BIOS version 1.2 Flags 0x02 (Driver version 1.16)
Starting kswapd
bigpage subsystem: allocated 0 bigpages (=0MB).
kinoded started
VFS: Disk quotas vdquot_6.5.1
aio_setup: num_physpages = 12280
aio_setup: sizeof(struct page) = 48
vesafb: framebuffer at 0xdf000000, mapped to 0xcc810000, size 2496k
vesafb: mode is 1024x768x16, linelength=2048, pages=0
vesafb: protected mode interface info at c000:9da0
vesafb: scrolling: redraw
vesafb: directcolor: size=0:5:6:5, shift=0:11:5:0
bootsplash 3.0.9-2003/09/08: looking for picture.... silenjpeg size 22326 bytes, does not fit into framebuffer.
found (1024x768, 11098 bytes, v3).
Console: switching to colour frame buffer device 118x38
fb0: VESA VGA frame buffer device
pty: 256 Unix98 ptys configured
Serial driver version 5.05c (2001-07-08) with HUB-6 MANY_PORTS MULTIPORT SHARE_IRQ SERIAL_PCI enabled
ttyS00 at 0x03f8 (irq = 4) is a 16550A
Real Time Clock Driver v1.10e
Floppy drive(s): fd0 is 1.44M
FDC 0 is an 8272A
RAMDISK driver initialized: 16 RAM disks of 64000K size 1024 blocksize
loop: loaded (max 16 devices)
Uniform Multi-Platform E-IDE driver Revision: 7.00beta4-2.4
ide: Assuming 33MHz system bus speed for PIO modes; override with idebus=xx
PIIX4: IDE controller at PCI slot 00:05.1
PIIX4: chipset revision 1
PIIX4: not 100% native mode: will probe irqs later
ide0: BM-DMA at 0x1000-0x1007, BIOS settings: hdaMA, hdbio
ide1: BM-DMA at 0x1008-0x100f, BIOS settings: hdcio, hddio
hda: FUJITSU MHT2030AT, ATA DISK drive
blk: queue c03bc8e0, I/O limit 4095Mb (mask 0xffffffff)
ide0 at 0x1f0-0x1f7,0x3f6 on irq 14
hda: attached ide-disk driver.
hda: host protected area => 1
hda: 58605120 sectors (30006 MB) w/2048KiB Cache, CHS=3648/255/63, UDMA(33)
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
Partition check:
hda: hda1 hda2 < hda5 hda6 hda7 hda8 >
ide-floppy driver 0.99.newide
md: md driver 0.90.0 MAX_MD_DEVS=256, MD_SB_DISKS=27
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
NET4: Linux TCP/IP 1.0 for NET4.0
IP Protocols: ICMP, UDP, TCP, IGMP
IP: routing cache hash table of 1024 buckets, 8Kbytes
TCP: Hash tables configured (established 16384 bind 32768)
Linux IP multicast router 0.06 plus PIM-SM
NET4: Unix domain sockets 1.0/SMP for Linux NET4.0.
cryptoapi: loaded
RAMDISK: Compressed image found at block 0
Freeing initrd memory: 277k freed
VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem).
reiserfs: found format "3.6" with standard journal
reiserfs: enabling write barrier flush mode
reiserfs: using ordered data mode
reiserfs: checking transaction log (device ide0(3,8)) ...
for (ide0(3,8))
Using r5 hash to sort names
VFS: Mounted root (reiserfs filesystem) readonly.
Trying to move old root to /initrd ... failed
Unmounting old root
Trying to free ramdisk memory ... okay
Freeing unused kernel memory: 160k freed
md: Autodetecting RAID arrays.
md: autorun ...
md: ... autorun DONE.
reiserfs: enabling write barrier flush mode
lvm-mp: allocating 42 lowmem entries at c1dbb000
LVM version 1.0.5+(mp-v6c)(22/07/2002) module loaded
reiserfs: enabling write barrier flush mode
Adding Swap: 385520k swap-space (priority 42)
reiserfs: enabling write barrier flush mode
reiserfs: enabling write barrier flush mode
NTFS driver 2.1.4a [Flags: R/O MODULE].
NTFS volume version 3.0.
NTFS volume version 3.0.
MSDOS FS: IO charset iso8859-1
raw1394: /dev/raw1394 device initialized
usb.c: registered new driver usbdevfs
usb.c: registered new driver hub
usb-uhci.c: $Revision: 1.275 $ time 18:43:16 Dec 18 2003
usb-uhci.c: High bandwidth mode enabled
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:05.2
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 00:0c.0
PCI: Sharing IRQ 11 with 00:0d.0
usb-uhci.c: USB UHCI at I/O 0xffe0, IRQ 11
usb-uhci.c: Detected 2 ports
usb.c: new USB bus registered, assigned bus number 1
hub.c: USB hub found
hub.c: 2 ports detected
usb-uhci.c: v1.275:USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver
hub.c: new USB device 00:05.2-1, assigned address 2
usb.c: USB device 2 (vend/prod 0x46d/0xc016) is not claimed by any active driver.
uhci.c: USB Universal Host Controller Interface driver v1.1
mice: PS/2 mouse device common for all mice
usb.c: registered new driver hiddev
usb.c: registered new driver hid
input: USB HID v1.10 Mouse [Logitech Optical USB Mouse] on usb1:2.0
hid-core.c: v1.8.1 Andreas Gal, Vojtech Pavlik <>
hid-core.c: USB HID support drivers
Linux Kernel Card Services 3.1.22
options: [pci] [cardbus] [pm]
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0b.0
PCI: Found IRQ 11 for device 00:0b.1
Yenta IRQ list 04b0, PCI irq11
Socket status: 30000020
Yenta IRQ list 04b0, PCI irq11
Socket status: 30000007
cs: cb_alloc(bus 20): vendor 0x10b7, device 0x5157
PCI: Enabling device 14:00.0 (0000 -> 0003)
cs: IO port probe 0x0c00-0x0cff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0820-0x08ff: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x0800-0x080f: clean.
cs: IO port probe 0x03e0-0x04ff: excluding 0x4d0-0x4d7
cs: IO port probe 0x0100-0x03af: excluding 0x170-0x177 0x370-0x37f
cs: IO port probe 0x0a00-0x0aff: clean.
3c59x: Donald Becker and others.
See Documentation/networking/vortex.txt
14:00.0: 3Com PCI 3CCFE575BT Cyclone CardBus at 0x4000. Vers LK1.1.16
PCI: Setting latency timer of device 14:00.0 to 64
00:00:86:3b:bc:dc, IRQ 11
product code 4e56 rev 07.1 date 03-10-98
14:00.0: CardBus functions mapped 10800080->ccb4b080
Internal config register is 600000, transceivers 0x40.
8K byte-wide RAM 5:3 Rx:Tx split, MII interface.
MII transceiver found at address 0, status 2809.
Enabling bus-master transmits and whole-frame receives.
14:00.0: scatter/gather enabled. h/w checksums enabled
amd64-cpuf: version 1.00.06 - August 13, 2003
amd64-cpuf: Not an AMD processor
powernow: AMD processor not detected.
IPsec Security Association Database (SADB): initialized.
IPsec Security Policy Database (SPD): initialized.
IPsec PF_KEY V2: initialized
IPv6 v0.8 (usagi-cvs/IPsec6 based StS) for NET4.0
IPv6 over IPv4 tunneling driver
parport0: PC-style at 0x378 (0x778) [PCSPP,TRISTATE]
parport0: irq 7 detected
lp0: using parport0 (polling).
usb.c: registered new driver serial
usbserial.c: USB Serial support registered for Generic
usbserial.c: USB Serial Driver core v1.4
isapnp: Scanning for PnP cards...
isapnp: No Plug & Play device found
eth0: no IPv6 routers present
mtrr: 0xdf000000,0x400000 overlaps existing 0xdf000000,0x200000
Linux video capture interface: v1.00

Well... That's it for today. If anyone has an idea of what could be wrong or what to change or whatever please don't hesitate, even if you are not sure, any info.

Sounds desperate but I will not give up.

Old 02-05-2004, 07:50 AM   #4
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Hi Maximilian,
since nobody cares about notebook users you are left on your own. By browsing the net and reading other people's problems on newsgroups you can find valuable information that could eventually guide you to the solution of your (MY) problem.

In alt.os.linux.suse one person has the same problem with a realtek card functionning only at half duplex and some guy answered him he should use mii-tool to set the speed of the card. As a result I did try the mii-tool and yes it showed me that my card is working in plain 100bt but only half duplex:

eth0: negotiated 100baseTx-HD, link ok

So I tried 'mii-tool -A 100baseTx-FD' but unfortunately as I look back to see the state it is in it says:

eth0: no link

Honestly that does not surprise me att all since it is not using the right drvier for the card as seen from the lsmod command listed above. At least I learned how to turn on FD and HD and the mii-tool for the day I know how to switch this driver to the right one.

This was a post from Maximilian to myself... Ha ha :-) Stay tuned because someday I'll find the answer somewhere in a newsgroup or on this site.



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