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Re: Debian Install: EN 2000 PnP network Card

On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 11:16:48 -0500
Roberto Sanchez <roberto@familiasanchez.net> wrote:

> Quoting James Cummings <cummings.james@gmail.com>:
> > On Sat, 22 Jan 2005 10:37:36 -0500, Roberto Sanchez
> > <roberto@familiasanchez.net> wrote:
> > > I would agree with Jacob's assesment that you are probably dealing
> > > with
> > an
> > > ISA card.  Personally, I would download a Knoppix CD and then do a
> > > Google search on "debian chroot install".  The nice thing about
> > > installing from within Knoppix is that it is a fully operational
> > > OS that detects all your hardware automatically.  I would give
> > > that a shot first.
> > 
> > That's a good idea.  I happened to have a knoppix 3.6 CD here for
> > another reason, booted off that, and everything boots up well enough
> > given the limited memory, but it still doesn't detect the ISA card
> > ethernet card.
> > 
> > (And I can't ping other machines, which can ping each other.)
> > 
> > Is there a how-to on getting ISA ethernet cards to work?  At least
> > from within a knoppix shell I've got access to more things....
> > 
> http://tldp.org/HOWTO/Plug-and-Play-HOWTO.html

It's been a long time since I had to play with pnp network cards, so I
had to refresh my memory on the tricks we used to play. According to a
search on google [1], your card is an NE2000 compatible NIC, as revealed
by the RTL8019 marking on the chipset. This means the kernel module
you're looking for is probably 'ne' or 'ne2' in a 2.4 kernel or simply
'ne' in a 2.6 kernel. 

Here's some information on making/using a boot floppy for your NIC:

Also, if you have the driver floppy that came with the NIC, the NIC has
jumpers on it, or you have a copy of win95/98 on that computer, you
should be able to set/find the irq and io address that it uses. This
information will be critical for a successful insmod of the appropriate
kernel module. 



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