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Old 08-30-2001, 12:03 AM   #1
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Caldera 2.4 & Netgear FA311 - setup problem

Another new Linux user (sigh)

I bought the Netgear FA311, which says it works with Linux - but on opening it, only Redhat drivers are provided.

Anyway, I compiled the fa311.c driver, and copied the fa311.o file into \lib\modules\net.

When I run the Ethernet Interface program, the Netgear FA311 card does not appear in the list of card names or drivers.

Q. How do I select a driver just added - is there a list I need to update?

Thank you for reading this, and I appreciate the help of anyone!

Old 08-30-2001, 03:54 AM   #2
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I'm not familiar with Caldera, but I have used the FA-311 (with much headache involved).
First, the driver for the 311 should be named "natsemi.o", and the source-code file is "natsemi.c". The current source file can be obtained here. Some NIC vendors will rename modules to reflect the name of the card (as it seems to be in your case), but compare your fa311.c to the natsemi.c I referenced above just to be sure. If they're the same, it should be OK.

If you have successfully compiled the fa311.o file, and placed it in /lib/modules/net, you can try to manually load/insert the module by doing "insmod fa311" or "modprobe fa311" (for modprobe, you might have to use fa311.o instead of just fa-311). After that, do "lsmod" to view all loaded modules. If insmod or modprobe worked, you should see the fa311 module in the list.

If this worked, add the line "alias eth0 fa311" to your /etc/modules.conf file to initialize the NIC/module at bootup.

Remember that UNIX is case-sensitive, so if your module is named, for example, FA311.o instead of fa311.o, substitute your exact filename for the filename I used.

Also- if you do the above, and everything seems to go OK, but on reboot the NIC fails to initialize, try turning off Plug-N-Play support in your BIOS; it can cause conflicts with some cards under Linux.


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