> "bowmma" <msbowmansympatico.ca> wrote in message news:<RLN3b.15915$Cg2.1295462news20.bellglobal.co m>...
>>I'm a Linux newbie and am trying to configure my Dell I4100 notebook (which
>>is dualbooted for W2000 and RHL9) to connect Linux with my DSL provider,
>>Sympatico. My NIC (3Com 3C905C-TX) is compatible with RHL9 but when I try
>>to activate the device I get the error message "Determining IP info for eth0
>>....failed" after about a minute. The NIC wasn't accepted when I first
>>installed RHL and delayed bootup while it diagnosed the interface. Is this
>>a PnP issue?
> Redhat states, as you say, on their web site this device is
> "supported". That does not mean, evidently, that they have a driver
> for it on the cd's, or, if they do, it will work with your network
> card. That is not their problem. The type problem you describe is
> well known to them as you can see by doing a search on "3Com
> 3c905c-tx" on their website as user after user has sought help for
> this and, instead of simply getting together some drivers that work,
> or telling the truth which is that 3com nic cards just don't work very
> well with linux and ought to be avoided by the user without a detailed
> technical education, they have, over the years, and have not, so far
> as I have ever been able to find, provided even simple instructions
> how to solve this problem.