When installing redhat, the 3c509 card is not detected. I have used netconf
and linuxconf to configure the card via static and dhcp. The card does not
initialize (delaying eth0 initializitian). There are 0 conflicts with the
card and the address does not seem to matter. When I was able to force the
init of the card prior to a reinstall, I could send packets out and not
recieve any (even during dhcp). This seemed to be a problem in previous
versions and there is no resolution listed. The card works just fine in
Windows and I have tried PNP enabled and disabled.
This does not seem to be a kernel issue. The kernel is configured for network
support out of the box and I have tried new kernels. Network and 3c509 support
are enabled. There is no error message upon loading the driver, it finds the
card no matter what address I put it on. I believe that the driver is bad and
3COM needs to create one that works.
The 3c509 driver works for everyone else I know of on the planet.
Set the card to an IRQ, and I/O that are definitely free with the config
program. Make sure that
IRQ is marked as 'ISA/Legacy' in the BIOS and let me know if it helps
After loading the module see what 'dmesg' says.
I've seen problems of a similiar nature on certain PCs. When using Micron PCs
there is a BIOS bug in some models that will misallocate interrupts. The box is
supposed to allocate PCI interrupts in a certain order. Knowing this order
allow the user to decide which interrupts are safe for use by ISA devices.
Unfortunately sometimes the BIOS decides to allocate DIFFERENT interrupts
for PCI usage thus leaving formerly working ISA gear not working. "It worked
perfectly before, I have no idea what happened!" - sound familiar ?
I'm not saying this is the problem in this case but I assure you this is a very
real thing. The Microns I've seen this one use AMI BIOSes and I think it
would be reasonable to wonder if other motherboards which use AMI BIOSes
have the same or similiar problems.
You might try catting /proc/pci and checking to see what it says about