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RE: Ethernet card not working after a clean kernel 2.4installation of Debian 3.0

Ok, thanks to Kent and Matt's response. It turns out that the module is not there and I have to what, compile the module or recompile the kernel. What would be the steps in both the cases? Any documents that I can read if this is a long process? Also, the Ethernet card that I have is 3c905B from 3Com. Where can I get the driver for this?

Best Regards,


-----Original Message-----
From: matt zagrabelny [mailto:mzagrabe@d.umn.edu] 
Sent: Thursday, July 29, 2004 5:34 PM
To: debian-user@lists.debian.org
Subject: Re: Ethernet card not working after a clean kernel 2.4installation of Debian 3.0

On Thu, 2004-07-29 at 08:41, NabilM@kuveytturk.com.tr wrote:
> Dear Fellows,
> When I install Debian with kernel 2.2, the Ethernet card works fine.
> But when I install Debian with kernel 2.4, I donÿt see any sign of lo
> or eth0 any where. I am new to Linux, and Debian in particular. Please
> advice. From the top of my head, I think that the kernel module for my
> Ethernet card is not loaded. If so, do I need to recompile the kernel
> with the appropriate modules or can I have a loadable module. If so,
> how do I know what is the right module? And how can I install a
> loadable module? Thanks.

commands you'll use:

lsmod      (list loaded modules)
modprobe <module name>      (load module)

to find out information about your cards (at least for a pci bus) do:
lspci -vv | less -S

and look for your ethernet controller. then go to the directory
/lib/modules/`uname -r`/kernel/drivers
(the "uname -r" part is the name of the running kernel)
and poke around until you find the corresponding module.
it will be something like tulip.o so to load run "modprobe tulip"

if it is not there, you'll have to compile the driver as a module or
into the kernel which we can help you with if you get to that point.


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