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ethernet support in 2.2.20-20011202 kernel


I have been "tinkering" with debian on my old IIci (120MB HD, 20 MB RAM, farallon ethernet card) and I have 
gotten to the stage that it boots fine and I can mount the mac hfs partition and an external zip on the scsi 
bus. All fine and good.

However, I don't seem to be able to get ethernet up and running. I put in all the settings for a "local" 
network during the installation. If I do "ifconfig", I now see what I think is indicative of functional eth0 
(ie it gives the IP address, lots of other stuff and is "up"). However, if I ping the computer from my win95 
laptop (connected via a 10baseT crossover cable), I get no response (all packets lost). Likewise in the other 

Both network cards give "green lights" on their leds, indicating a link. Both machines are set to have the 
same subnet mask ( and have sequential IP addresses of (debian) and 
(win95 laptop).

I spent quite a long time trying to figure out how to add the necessary module for the ethernet card, since I 
saw that the "alias eth0 ..." line was not in the conf.modules file. I then found out from looking at some 
mailing list entries that ethernet drivers are built into the kernel. Is this correct??? Certainly when it 
boots I can see a line something like (from memory) "ethernet card in slot D type farallon". I am assuming 
that this means debian knows the card is there. What I don't know is whether something else needs to be 

Sorry if this is a really stupid and simple question. I am new to linux and coming from a mac background I am 
finding it quite (to put it politely!) hard adjusting. However, I do want to keep at it and get it working 
fully, since the eventual aim is to use it as a little web server (if I can get apache running on it). 
However, first stage is get networking going.....

Many thanks,


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