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System can't detect NIC

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Hi, all. I'm somewhat of a newbie w/ the following prob.:
Installed RH6.1 on a 486DX2100 whitebox w/32MB RAM (yeah, I know, but if I can get it all to work here, think of the posibilities... Please don't tell me I should use better hardware; I want to make this work). Everything works w/ the exception of a NIC. Have tried NE2000 compatible and SMC Ultra 8216. The NICs do show link and activity, but system simply won't detect them. I've looked at the /var/log/messages and /var/log/dmseg for any clues, but nothing. Have tried autoprobe...nothing. Any advice as to how I might solve this prob. would be greatly appreciated.

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by jadair In reply to System can't detect NIC

I would suggest that maybe it is not a plug and play NIC card and therefore this is why it is not found by windows, install the card and boot into windows and run the add new hardware wizard, if this does not work you will have to find the drivers for the NIC at www.winfiles.com.

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by tysonmathews In reply to System can't detect NIC

In the CMOS make sure that you have the IRQ for your nic Like lets just say IRQ5 persay be sure IRQ5 is set to use ISA and that is is enabled. By default there set to disabled. I had that issue too! But then I ran into another issue and that Redhat didn't support that Nic ( Linksys Ether 16 ISA ). But that was a much much older version than 6.1


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by lowkey In reply to System can't detect NIC

Try disabling plug and play on the NIC. I 've had to do this with several Linksys and 3Com NICs.

To turn off plug and play you need a program from the manufacturer (both Linksys and 3Com include this utility on their driver disks). Run the utility, turn off p&p and then select the settings you want the card to use. Reboot into Linux and setup the card by hand. Be sure to refer to the Networking HOW-TO to see which NIC driver to use with you card.

Good Luck!

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by dnpowers In reply to System can't detect NIC

According to the HCL that card is supported by the smc-ultra.o module. As root try modprobe smc-ultra and post your findings... You can also to lsmod to see if the module is loaded. If this card has some software used to configure the parameters of the card, you might need to do that.

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by zeph242 In reply to System can't detect NIC

Some PNP cards will work for you and some will not. Here is what you can try: find out the IO, IRQ, yada, yada, yada for your card. You can do that by sticking the card into Windows machine, or run some diag tool in DOS. Then put it in you Linux box. try loading appropirate module like ne2k.o or ne2000.o using ismod. You might have to use insmod with parameters like 'insmod MODULE io=0x... irq=..' If you get unresolved sybol messages you might have to load 8390.o module. Also go to /proc there is bunch of files like pci that contains info about PCI devices, another useful files are ioports and intrrupts. Sometimes you might have to rejumper your card if it conflicts with some other hardware. /proc directory should help you resolve conflict issues.

Once you figure out the card manually, edit the /etc/conf.modules to load the modules on boot.

There is one more useful tool called pnpdump. Use it carefully. Sometimes it may freeze up the machine. Good luck.

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