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Old 04-23-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
Frittenbude
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Network ethernet card not working under 64bit Linux: Need help


Hello everybody

since I am using a new motherboard (Abit AX8) with an onboard gigabit network interface (IC Plus - IP1000A), I can't get the interface working on my Fedora Core 4 (beta 2) 64bit linux.
The drivers offered by the manufacturer only seem to work with 32bit linux kernels if I am correct. Here is a link to the drivers download page:
http://www.icplus.com.tw/driver-pp-IP1000A.html

Am I right with my supposition that I can't use the network driver on a 64bit kernel?
Unfortunately the network card does not seem to be supported by my linux distribution out of the box.

I'd be glad to get some help or hints of you how the situation about 64bit is like in connection with drivers.

Thank you in advance!

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Frittenbude
 
Old 04-24-2005, 07:43 AM   #2
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Come on guys. We must have some experts in here who can give me hints.

Or should I post this thread in an other subforum?

Bye,
Frittenbude
 
Old 04-24-2005, 09:16 AM   #3
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for 64-bit OS uou need 64-bit drivers. 32-bit will not work.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 10:37 AM   #4
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yup, obliviously this company know a great nothing about Unix/Linux. Just look at their drivers, they are ZIPPED (they never heard about tar/gunzip??).
I doubt these ones will work under a 64 bits architecture... but make sure there isn't an open source drivers for your card in latest kernel. Sometime there is OS alternative solution to proprietary drivers.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 12:56 PM   #5
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Thank you for your answers.

I think this company won't offer 64bit drivers in the near future. They don't even offer 64bit drivers for windows xp.
I just wrote an email to the support, but the answer is probably that they won't offer a 64bit version.

Unfortunately the default kernel of my linux distribution (Fedora Core 4 beta 2 64bit - very latest one) does not offer an open source driver.
At the worst I have to use a PCIe gigabit ethernet card with a marvell chip. I know that this one is supported by the kernel out of the box.

By the way. How is it possible that open source drivers are available for devices of manufacturers who don't offer them by themselves? Some kind of reverse engineering?
Do you think there is a chance to happen for my case?

Best regards,
Frittenbude

Last edited by Frittenbude; 04-24-2005 at 01:07 PM.
 
Old 04-24-2005, 02:31 PM   #6
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If this is reverse in reverse engineering you will se the info about it. Sometimes manufacturer will allow to develop open source drivers for whatever reasons.

If your card is popular then yes you have chance otherwise you may wait for a long time (if ever)
 
  


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