Re: Adding a driver at installation
>From the Ethernet HOWTO:
5.1.15. 3c900 / 3c905
Status -- Supported
These cards (aka `Boomerang', aka EtherLink III XL) have been recently
released to take over the place of the 3c590/3c595 cards. Cameron
Spitzer of 3Com writes that the ``3C900 has a scatter gather bus
master controlled by a descriptor ring in main memory. Aside from
that, it's a lot like 3C590.''
You may still be able to get a couple of these cards at a reduced
price through one of 3Com's evaluation deals, if you are quick.
To use this card with v2.0 kernels, you must obtain the updated
3c59x.c driver from Donald's site at:
This updated 3c59x driver allows you to use the 3c900 in a 3c59x
compatible mode, and has been reported to be quite stable
Andre Henke <firstname.lastname@example.org> writes:
> Dear Debian Folks,
> I'm trying to make a new installation of Debian Linux. However,
> although you're hardware HOWTO mentions compatability with the 3com
> 3c90x Boomerang PCI network adaptor, there is no option for this device
> in the installation routine. The closest adaptor is the 3Com Vortex but
> this selection hangs the install process. I looked at the nasa sight
> and saw that an uncompiled driver written in C exists for the Boomerand
> but I have no idea how to compile it and add it to the installation. (I
> am installing from the cdrom that came with the November issue of Boot
> Magazine.) Should I create the kernal skipping the network card and try
> to add it later. I hope to use this machine to run BIND and the Squid
> cache server so the network connection is pretty important. Please send
> whatever advice you can. Thanks in advance.
> Stephen Guthartz
> Planet do Brasil
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