RE: 3com NIC question
For reasons unbeknownst to me, I've had problems
before when using 3c509's with Debian's stock
installation kernel. There has even been a few
times when I had to swap NICs just for the installation
to work. As soon as I compile my a custom kernel for
the machines and put the 3c509's back in, it works fine.
I don't use DHCP here, but it's just something I've
noticed. I have three machines running 3c509's now
with custom (i.e. not the stock) kernels and they
work great. The 3c509's, IMO, are damn good cards.
[jeremy@EARTHQUAKE:pts/1:~]$ grep ^eth0 /var/log/dmesg | head -n 1
eth0: 3c509 at 0x300 tag 1, 10baseT port, address 00 20 af 24 79 8c,
[jeremy@HURRICANE:pts/0:~]$ grep ^eth0 /var/log/dmesg | head -n 1
eth0: 3c5x9 at 0x200, 10baseT port, address 00 20 af 18 61 fe, IRQ 3.
[jeremy@KERBEROS:pts/0:~]$ grep ^eth0 /var/log/dmesg | head -n 1
eth0: 3c509 at 0x300 tag 1, 10baseT port, address 00 a0 24 04 0e 97,
The card in hurricane is actually a 3c529 which is just
a microchannel (MCA) version of the 3c509.
Jeremy L. Gaddis <email@example.com>
From: Sunny Dubey [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Wednesday, July 11, 2001 4:45 PM
Subject: 3com NIC question
I have a 3c509 NIC.
I tried getting an IP for this NIC by using DHCP. (I used dhcpcd) But
some odd reason, it wouldn't work, and so I stfw'ed. (searched the
web). looking at various mailing lists, i found that I wasn't the only
with the same problem, the common solution was to disable PNP, and try
I followed the steps as show, with no luck in the end.
I tried both linux-2.4.6, linux-2.2.19pre17 (The one with potatoe) and
various dhcp clients (dhcpcd, pump, etc) and none have worked.
But today, on the same box I tried installing openbsd, and I found that
worked right out of the install. This made me wonder once again why it
doesn't work under linux.
Does anyone have any insight on why this happens only in linux? (I
under windows, and it works there too)
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