Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 77330
Installer unable to load e100 driver for network install
Last modified: 2007-03-26 23:58:15 EDT
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Description of problem:
The PRO/100 adaptor is not recognised by the install process when booting from
floppy. I have tried using the netdrv.img from both RH 7.2 and 8.0, the
Compaq/HP modified RH72_bootnet.img (from advisory EU020423_CW01 june 2002)
also fails. In all cases the drive is either not recognised or module cannot
In all cases I have tried the e100 and eepro100
Note: the EVO D510 is listed on the compatible list however it appears that CPQ
has changed the NIC on certain models (specific model D51S/P18A/20/P/256C AUST)
to either a VM or VE intel adaptor (on the US website, CPQ will use either
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
How reproducible: Always
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Insert disk
2. Use linux dd or linux ks=floppy dd
3. Wait for it to fail
4. It fails
5. Stomp out of office to get another cup of coffee
Expected Results: A brand spanking new RH install ready for action.
This bug is reported against 7.2 - have you tried an install of 8.0? It isnt
clear if you were using a mixture of the 7.2 boot image with an 8.0 driver disk,
which would certainly not work.
I have used both the 7.2 and 8 driver disks. I gave the 8.0 drvnet disk a try
on the off chance (RH documentation on the structure and compatability of this
disk is a bit lacking from what I have seen).
I will give RH 8 install a try. However we really want to use 7.2.
RH 8.0 installs with full network functionality from CD and seems to handle
load OK (see bugzilla 73847). 7.2 installs but no ethernet card is recognised.
Compliled and Installed the e100 driver from intel, ismodded e100 and added an
alias in modules.conf. Tests OK
Driver installed from e100-2.1.15.tar.gz
Good to hear 8.0 is working.
I also have recently got Compaq Evo 51S;
1. I have also seen that the Ethernet adapter is not visible during installation
of RHL 7.3 (I am not sure about 8.0) or from 7.3 sysadmin CD.
2. I could not use it from RHL 6.2 at all using recent errata kernel
kernel-2.2.22-6.2.3, using either e100 of eepro100 module (I kept getting
message init_module: Device or resource busy, same result with 2.2.19 kernel)
3. The same adapter on the same machine seems to work flawlessly with either RHL
7.3 and RHL 8.0 once they are installed (the machines have CD drives, so I do
not have to install over network)
4. After I downloaded Donald Becker eepro100.c module with needed dependencies
(http://www.scyld.com/network/eepro100.html, drivers from
ftp://ftp.scyld.com/pub/network/netdrivers-3.3.tgz) and built and installed
eepro100.o and pci-scan.o into the mentioned errata kernel modules directory
the card work flawlessly with RHL 6.2.
Would you consider placing Donald Becker eepro100 to errata kernel fro RHL 6.2
and RHL 7.0, please?
The module reports my ethernet adapter as
eepro100.c:v1.26 11/17/2002 Donald Becker <firstname.lastname@example.org>
eth0: OEM HP/Compaq D510 Intel Pro/100 VM at 0xd0060000, 00:08:02:AB:FF:39, IRQ 10.
Board assembly 262285-001, Physical connectors present: RJ45
Primary interface chip i82555 PHY #1.
lspci -v information:
05:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 103b (rev 81)
Subsystem: Compaq Computer Corporation: Unknown device 0012
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 66, IRQ 10
Memory at fa400000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
I/O ports at 1400
Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2