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Old 06-25-2003, 04:49 AM   #1
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FA310TX NICs not working with RH8.0


I just installed RedHat 8.0 on a Compaq Presario 2266 which is equiped with a Cyrix MII 225MHz CPU, 4.2 GB HD, 256MB SDRAM, and 2 Netgear FA310TX Fast Ethernet PCI Cards.

I have added "apm=off" to the kernel boot parameters because the system hung during bootstrap.

The current problem is that I cannot get the system to recognize my NICs. I have tried installing the TULIP driver but to no avail. I have copied tulip.c into /home/root and tried to compile it and get only about 2000 errors. C and C program development is not my forte, nor is any of the X flavors.

My goal is to incorporate this box into my LAN which is comprised of several W2K boxes, a W95 laptop, and an old WFW311 386 box. TCP/IP networking and Windows, I know, but Linux is at this point, a mystery to me.

Thanks in advance.
 
Old 06-28-2003, 06:51 PM   #2
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According to :

"http://www.geocities.com/SiliconValley/Lab/6125/linux/fa31x.html"
"https://listman.redhat.com/archives/redhat-install-list/1999-April/msg00410.html"

this card uses the tulip driver.

What does "modprobe tulip" do?
What does "lsmod" give?
What does "dmesg |grep 310" give?
 
Old 06-29-2003, 05:34 PM   #3
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>What does "modprobe tulip" do?

Returns nothing

>What does "lsmod" give?

Returns "tulip 43552 0 (unused)

>What does "dmesg |grep 310" give?

Returns "Inode cache hash table entries: 16384 (order 5,131072 butes)

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I'm afraid I'm probably going to just buy a 3com nic. I haven't got a book on linux yet & am even having trouble mounting an MSDOS formatted FAT12 diskette.

Thanks to Bill Gates, I never learned a real OS.

Oh, well.
 
Old 06-29-2003, 07:49 PM   #4
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I have had problems in the past with many TX-based NIC's. Many of them use additional drivers(besides the main driver itself) for initialization that not even windows gets right at times. You might want to check into this.
 
Old 06-30-2003, 03:58 PM   #5
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Cougar : Don't rush to the store yet. :-)

What does the command: "lspci -v |grep -i ether" say?

Oh, and also please post the output of the command : "/sbin/ifconfig -a"
 
Old 07-01-2003, 06:30 AM   #6
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lspci -v | grep -i ether

00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: Lite-On Communications Inc LNE100TX (rev 20)
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: Lite-On Communications Inc LNE100TX (rev 20)

/sbin/ifconfig -a

lo link encap:local loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask 255.0.0.0
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:80 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:5218 (5.0 Kb) TX bytes:5218 (5.0 Kb)
 
Old 07-01-2003, 06:35 AM   #7
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deanrantala - I meant to note to you that the NICs did not require any additional drivers when W2K was loaded on that box. I initially was going to use it for a firewall, thus the two NICs, but I wound up using it as a security sandbox on my LAN.
 
Old 07-01-2003, 05:23 PM   #8
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Cougar : I found the following instructions at the Linksys Knowledge Base, I've modified them for Red Hat Linux 8.0. Because I cannot test this, I can't guarantee if it's going to work :

1. Log in as root (with the command "su -")
2. From the console, type in: ifup eth0
3. From the console, type in: ifup eth1
4. After running the command in step 2 and 3 the cards should be
initialized, then input : redhat-config-network
5. After the configuring the card with step 2 and 3, input : ifconfig
6. After running "ifconfig" you should have seen two devices, eth0 and lo.
7. From the console Input : vi /etc/modules.conf
8. Input the following at the beginning of the file : alias eth0 tulip
9. Save changes.
10. You would be back at the console, type in init 6 to restart the system.
After you do that - and with a little bit of luck - your LNE100 will be setup.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 06:35 AM   #9
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Okay, here are the results of the ifup command:

ifup eth0

/sbin/ifup: configuration for eth0 not found
Usage: ifup <device name>

ifup eth1

/sbin/ifup: configuration for eth1 not found
Usage: ifup <device name>

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btw: I had not mentioned this yet, but I appreciate your and deanrantala's assistance.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 07:44 AM   #10
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WIn 2k and XP are usually pretty good with these cards - a big improvement over 95,98,ME. Anyway, it's just that I *always* have lost of issues when trying to get these cards running under linux.

Tell you what, find your inet1 (or rc.inet1) file. It is usually somewhere under /etc/ . This is the main file responsible for your network cards configuration. If you can't find it, do a

whereis inet1

or

whereis rc.inet1

this will help you locate the script. Once you find that, copy the first half of so, post it back here and I will take a look at it.
 
Old 07-02-2003, 12:19 PM   #11
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There is no rc.inet1 file. There is an rc.local & an rc.sysinit, but I don't know of those are related.
 
Old 07-05-2003, 01:35 PM   #12
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Cougar, try the following commands :

"su -"
<root password>

"modprobe tulip"

"lsmod |grep tulip" <-----(do you see that it has been loaded?)

"dmesg |tail -n 5" <-----(what does this report?)

"ifconfig eth0 10.0.0.1"

"ifconfig" <-----(what does this report?)

Do you see, besides a device called 'lo', the 'eth0' device?
 
Old 07-19-2003, 08:32 PM   #13
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Thanx for all your help guys, but I just threw in a couple 3COM NICs and saved myself and you all a whole lot of time. The NICs were free & it took all of 10 minutes to swap them.

Anyhoo, thanx to those that offered your assistance!
 
  


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