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laptop, ethernet and networking

I'm an amateur trying to configure a newly bought laptop to be connected to a net using a 3COM 3C589C card. The following is part of the boot message

	FDC 0 is an 8272A
	NCR53c406a: no available ports found
	eata_dma: No BIOS32 extensions present. This driver release still depends on it.
	  	Skipping scan for PCI HBAs. 
	qlogicisp : PCI bios not present
	PPA: unable to initialise controller at 0x378, error 2
	scsi : 0 hosts.
	scsi : detected total.
	Partition check:
 	hda: hda1 hda2 hda3
	VFS: Mounted root (ext2 filesystem) readonly.
	Adding Swap: 29228k swap-space
	Linux PCMCIA Card Services 2.8.22
	Intel PCIC probe: 
  	Intel i82365sl B step at 0x3e0, 2 sockets
  	irq mask (scanned) = 0x9eb8, status change on irq 15
	PCMCIA IO port probe: excluding 0x1f8-0x1ff 0x378-0x37f 0x3b8-0x3e7 0x3f8-0x3ff
	PCMCIA IO port probe: clean.
	loading device 'eth0'...
	eth0: 3Com 3c589, port 0x300, irq 3, 10baseT port,  00 60 97 40 B8 3F
	Swansea University Computer Society IPX 0.34 for NET3.035

as far as I can see it there are no errors in the automatic detection of the card?

my /etc/hosts file looks like this:	localhost	wall	fm_lap1		dmi66083.dmi.min.dk

my /etc/resolv.conf looks like this:
	domiain		dmi.min.dk

then I run this (I guess it has to go in /etc/init.d/network later ?)

	ifconfig eth0 fm_lap1 netmask

ifconfig reports eth0 is up 

	route add -net

with this result

SIOCADDRT: Invalid argument

any help will be highly appreciated...

I have used the Linux Network Administration Guide to get so far..

Karsten Bolding

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