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Old 08-27-2004, 03:04 PM   #1
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How to install a nic card tips for a newbie

Well, I am totally new to Red Hat in general. I have currently Red Hat 7.0 up and running. But, for someone new to install a nic card.....I am about to give up. Researching on the internet provides too many answers, but my problem is...where do I start? For example:

Motherboard: ECS K7S5A w/
LAN: Sis 900 PCI

I have tried LinucConf with the kernal "sis900.o" using luck
I have tried insmod luck
This and that, and trying the "/etc/rc.d/init.d ./network restart" it always says either "The device is busy" or "Invalid parmameter parm_io (if I try the IRQ and/or IO variable"

Do I need IRQ and IO varibles on a PCI device?
Do I need my BIOS on "NON-PNP OS"?
Do I need to do anything else besides editing modules.conf?

Where do I start or is there a nice pdf/book online to tell me everything I need? This has cost me work and I am about to put linux back on the shelf for the 3rd time.

Thanks all for your help! You can make me a linux user!
Old 08-27-2004, 03:08 PM   #2
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Originally posted by ZARGON
You can make me a linux user!
lol - that's hilarious.

Anyway - you seem to be going in the right direction - insmod'ing and such.....
However, you sound to me, like you have a BIOS issue.
Reboot your machine, and go into your BIOS.
Find the option (usually under "Advanced") labeled "Plug and Play OS"
Change it to no.

This is a common problem. Your error that states "Device or resource busy" usually indicates that this is the problem.
When your machine does it's POST, it gathers info about the HW state, and addressing to pass to the OS (Winders)
Linux doesn't like this info, as it's not what the kernel wants to hear.
So, you get your error.
DIsable that, boot again, load your mod, and you should be good to go.
Old 08-27-2004, 03:48 PM   #3
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I think you might be making this harder than it is. You really need to just find out if it's a module on your system or not. If it is, you just need to modprobe the driver, then presto... you have your NIC working. Also, consult your bios there should be an option there that is in reference to your NIC. (I'm assuming that your card is onboard.) It might be disabled... worth a check.

If you cannot find it anywhere and it is not detected, I'll assume to say that you're running this Linux distribution on the same (or different) hard drive inside of your main system. If this is the case you can download the driver on your hard disc then mount your drive so you can fetch the compressed file with your driver on it. You could download the driver to install for your NIC (if there is any), then modprobe the driver. You may find some assistance with this site right here...
[url =] Network Drivers [/url]

You don't need to set the IRQ for the PCI since it's onboard.
Hope this helps.

Last edited by Crunch; 08-27-2004 at 03:51 PM.
Old 08-27-2004, 04:47 PM   #4
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Well, my BIOS's internal Lan is enabled, and it's set to non plug and play OS, but when I try modprobe sis900 I get that the device is busy, etc.

But for compiling a new driver, I found that sis's website had a sis900_108.tar.gz which includes sis900.h and sis900.c.

What would be the steps to tar/gzip and compile these to their places?

Thanks guys!


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