configuring ISA NIC

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by toracat » 2008/04/13 18:37:27

Well, not sure how much I can help at this stage, but...

Let's pretend that the card can use the ne2000 ISA driver. Make sure you have this file:

/lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/ne.ko

then run the command:

modprobe ne

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by weslowsk » 2008/04/13 22:53:11

thanks for clarifying, Alan...

toracat:

ls -al /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/ne.ko
ls: /lib/modules/2.6.9-67.EL/kernel/drivers/net/ne.ko: No such file or directory

so it's missing...how do I get it?

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by toracat » 2008/04/13 23:39:53

It looks like this driver is enabled in the centosplus kernel. Try the following:

wget http://mirror.centos.org/centos/4/centosplus/i386/RPMS/kernel-2.6.9-67.0.7.plus.c4.i686.rpm

rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.9-67.0.7.plus.c4.i686.rpm

Then reboot to the newly installed kernel. If your lucky, your card may be recognized when you boot this kernel. If this works out, we can go to the next step and set up the centosplus kernel as your default.

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by weslowsk » 2008/04/14 04:32:21

ls -al /lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers/net/ne.ko
-rwxr--r-- 1 root root 11828 Mar 15 10:25 /lib/modules/2.6.9-67.0.7.plus.c4/kernel/drivers/net/ne.ko

then I ran modprobe:

modprobe ne

no error, I guess that's good? But it didn't automatically detect the card on boot of the plus kernel...
what should I try next?

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by toracat » 2008/04/14 09:55:47

If modprobe ne ran without an error, that's a good sign. Do you get any output with:

cat /proc/isa

Or, what do you see with

/sbin/ifconfig

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by weslowsk » 2008/04/14 12:53:27

cat /proc/isa
cat: /proc/isa: No such file or directory

ifconfig still gives just the loopback

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by weslowsk » 2008/04/14 13:10:33

cat /etc/syscofig/hwconf

shows the card:

-
class: UNSPEC
bus: ISAPNP
detached: 0
driver: unknown
desc: "PLUG & PLAY ETHERNET CARD - EDI0119"
deviceId: EDI0119
pdeviceId: EDI0119
compat: PNP80d6
-

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by weslowsk » 2008/04/14 13:15:54

running lsmod after the modprobe ne:

lsmod
Module Size Used by
ne 7305 0
8390 11585 1 ne

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by AlanBartlett » 2008/04/14 13:34:39

Whilst [b]toracat[/b] is otherwise occupied, I'll make this suggestion:

[b]system-config-network[/b]

After defining the card (under [b]hardware[/b]), then the eth0 device (under [b]device[/b]), exit and save the configuration.

Now perform a:

[b]service network restart[/b]

Any success?

Alan.

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Re: configuring ISA NIC

Post by weslowsk » 2008/04/14 17:46:09

I just have the text version of system-config-network installed, so there's no [b]hardware[/b] there.

I should note that I temporarily stole a PCI NIC from one of my other boxes, so it's configured fine as eth0. So, when i used system-config-network, there was a place for eth0 to be configured, obviously, but nothing for the isa card.

I got this from /var/log/messages:

Apr 14 06:49:20 frink kernel: pnp: Device 00:0f disabled.

...

Apr 14 06:49:14 frink network: Bringing up loopback interface: succeeded
Apr 14 06:49:18 frink network: Bringing up interface eth0: succeeded
Apr 14 06:49:24 frink kernel: pnp: Device 00:0f activated.

...

Apr 14 07:04:20 frink kernel: pnp: Device 01:01.00 activated.
Apr 14 07:04:20 frink kernel: ne.c: ISAPnP reports Generic PNP at i/o 0x240, irq 5.
Apr 14 07:04:20 frink kernel: ne.c:v1.10 9/23/94 Donald Becker (becker@scyld.com)
Apr 14 07:04:20 frink kernel: Last modified Nov 1, 2000 by Paul Gortmaker
Apr 14 07:04:20 frink kernel: NE*000 ethercard probe at 0x240: 00 00 b4 8f 31 47
Apr 14 07:04:20 frink kernel: eth%d: NE2000 found at 0x240, using IRQ 5.

any ideas?

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