I recently installed Red Hat Linux 9, but had some considerable difficulty getting the PCI network card to work. I am writing this page partly as reminder of what was needed, in order to help me on my next reinstall, and partly in the hopes that it might help another newcomer to Linux.
Here are some assorted notes on configuration.
The network card shows up in several different ways. As far as I can tell, these all refer to the same thing.
dmesg | grep eth: eth0: ADMtek Comet rev 17 at [MEMORY LOCATION], [MAC ADDRESS], IRQ 10
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST
UPdoes not appear.
inet addr: 192.168.0.1 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask: 255.255.255.0in the eth0 configuration. This can be configured with the network configuration tool, or on the command line with
ifconfig. The address of the router is not actually specified (it just finds it since it's on the network (?)).
This is the driver information. The tulip driver needed for this card comes with Red Hat Linux 9. It should contain the following (not requiring editing)
alias eth0 tulip(says that the tulip driver is to be used for that device)
options tulip irq=10(set automatically (?) by network configuration tool)
I think at some point the on board network adapter and the PCI card were conflicting, causing the system not to be able to configure the PCI card. I'm still not sure exactly what caused the messages.
These didn't necessarily prove to be all that helpful for me particularly, but might be in the future:
I tried running kudzu under the GNOME windowing system, but it made everything go haywire. The windows wouldn't respond properly to mouse clicks and I had to reboot.
I tried breaking it after I got it working, to see if I could fix it again
This is not any sort of definitive guide, nor am I planning on adding substantially to this page. I probably won't know the answer to any other questions that you might have on this subject, but feel free to email me if you want, at mark[at]jeays[dot]net.
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