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Old 08-01-2004, 11:41 PM   #1
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"Bringing up interface eth0: failed" on 3com NIC

First off thank all of you for being such a helpful and inspiring community.

I've been trying to get my NIC card configured all day today. I'm running a Dell Dimension XPS R450 with Mandrake 10. I'm trying to set up a new connection with a 3Com 3c905 100BaseTX [Boomerang] ethernet card using the 3c59x driver.

My problem is, after installing a new lan connection, it'll say:
Shutting down interface eth0: [ok]
Sutting down loopback interface: [ok]
Setting network parameters: [ok]
Bringing up loopback interface: [ok]
Bringing up interface eth0: [FAILED]

when I check the message file in /var/log/ i find the following correlating to my Ethernet card:
localhost ifplugd(eth0)[925]: ifplugd 0.21binitializing.
localhost ifplugd(eth0)[925]: Using interface eth0/00:60:97:AF:FE:CD with driver <3c59x> (version: LK1.1.19)
localhost ifplugd(eth0)[925]: Using detection mode: SIOCGMIIPHY
localhost ifplugd(eth0)[925]: Initialization complete, link beat not detected.
localhost network: Bringing up interface eth0: failed

I really don't know where to go from here..
thanks for your time and help..
Old 08-02-2004, 12:34 AM   #2
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Run modprobe -v 3c905, or whatever the driver is called. (3c95x?) (Be logged in as root.)

See if you get the same error.
Old 08-02-2004, 12:36 AM   #3
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Is there a cable plugged into the card?
try put this in /etc/modules.conf
options 3c59x options=0x204
also check the output of "mii-tool -v eth0"
read /usr/src/linux/Documentation/networking/vortex.txt for more info.

Last edited by Demonbane; 08-02-2004 at 12:38 AM.
Old 08-17-2004, 12:18 AM   #4
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Talking 3c905

If you want to get your 3com network card to work, but not
using dhcp, what you have to do is edit the file :


and put in the line :


this was already in my ifcfg-eth0 file, i just had to change it
from =no to =yes


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