Back in version 5.0, the ne2000 clone NIC cards were recognized perfectly
during installation. In 5.1 through 6.0, they were only recognized when
they had IRQ=3. Since 6.1, they are not being recognized at all. Under
6.2, when I tried to have the installer use the ne2000 card, I received the
error message: /tmp/ne.o: init _module: Device or resource busy
After the installation, if I add the lines:
alias eth0 ne
options ne io=0x300
then the card is recognized during startup and everything works fine after
I manually modify the associated files that would have automatically been
set up properly if the card had been recognized.
hmmm ... were you unable to specify the proper module parameters during the
did you verify the BIOS settings for your motherboard to ensure that the PnP
settings/ISA slot settings were appropriately set ...?
I tried specifying the address (0x300) and the IRQ (3), but I still received the
identical error message during installation. The card was set jumperless, not
PnP, and post installation, everything worked perfectly after I put the proper
lines into /etc/conf.modules
The BIOS was set for PNP OS = N, and the ISA slot settings were normal.
I am dealing with NE2000 clones here, not "real" NE2000's, but the installation
used to work perfectly in older versions of RedHat on the very same machines
which now must be configured post-installation.
There are lots of NE2000 variants out there - this may just be something the
kernel driver is not handling correctly.
Give 7.0 a try and let us know if its better.
we could not reproduce that behavior here in test (although, given the number of
ne2k variants, that certainly doesn't mean your behavior didn't occur :) ) ...
we were able to use our ne2k clone after specifying both io addr (0x300) & irq
(3) ... it also doesn't help that both the cards & the machines they tend to be
installed in are aging, and not always gracefully! :(
I'm not able to determine whether you're particular card is flaky, or whether
some subset of ne2k clones DO have troubles ...! I would be very interested to
know whether you had success with other cards in this machine, and also whether
or not you had additional cards of this manufacturer & model, and if they worked
for you ...
thanks for your report!