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D-Link DFE-690TXD CardBus NIC driver hassle - Linux Setup, Configuration & Administration

Trying to get my Dell laptop connected to the net, and it just ain't working. First attempt: RedHat 7.0. The NIC isn't recognized at installation time. D-Link provided a Linux driver on the CD (in source form), but it won't compile. I finally figure out that the provided instructions are wrong (gcc wasn't able to find the kernel headers) and manage to build and install the damn thing. It works, except for the fact that the system now tends to crash while accessing the network. Oops. Second attemp: Debian Woody (with the default kernel: 'uname -r' shows '2.2.20-idepci') During installation, ...

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    Default D-Link DFE-690TXD CardBus NIC driver hassle

    Trying to get my Dell laptop connected to the net, and it just ain't
    working.

    First attempt: RedHat 7.0.

    The NIC isn't recognized at installation time. D-Link provided a Linux
    driver on the CD (in source form), but it won't compile. I finally
    figure out that the provided instructions are wrong (gcc wasn't able to
    find the kernel headers) and manage to build and install the damn thing.
    It works, except for the fact that the system now tends to crash while
    accessing the network. Oops.


    Second attemp: Debian Woody (with the default kernel: 'uname -r' shows
    '2.2.20-idepci')

    During installation, I select the driver 8139too (which is supposedly
    the right one). It won't load - I get the following message:

    /lib/modules/2.2.20-idepci/net/8139too.o: init_module: Device or
    resource busy

    (I try it with a few other NIC drivers, just for the hell of it, and get
    the exact same result.) Running 'modprobe 8139too' after installation
    gives the same error message as above. Running 'lspci -v' with the card
    plugged in shows this information:

    23:00.0 Ethernet Controller: D-Link System Inc: Unknown device 1340 (rev
    10)
    Subsystem: D-Link System Inc: Unknown device 1340
    Flags: medium devsel
    I/O ports at <unassigned> [disabled]
    Memory at <ignored> (32-bit, non-prefetchable)
    Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2

    Anybody have any ideas?

    -MB

    --
    http://macbuild.sourceforge.net/
    Mike Guest

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    Default Re: D-Link DFE-690TXD CardBus NIC driver hassle

    On Mon, 29 Sep 2003 06:01:58 +0000, Mike Baranczak wrote:
     
    How did you pick the distributions you tested? I'd try Redhat 8.0,
    Redhat 9.0 as a first try. The 2.4.x kernel series is much better than
    2.2.x.

    You seem to know what your doing. Slackware 9.1 is out and is very
    stable (and cool!) It works with this PCMCIA network adapter with the
    8139too module.

    --Douglas Mayne


    Douglas Guest

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    Default Re: D-Link DFE-690TXD CardBus NIC driver hassle

    Douglas Mayne wrote: 
    >
    > How did you pick the distributions you tested? I'd try Redhat 8.0,
    > Redhat 9.0 as a first try. The 2.4.x kernel series is much better than
    > 2.2.x.[/ref]

    Debian was my first choice, but I just happened to have the RedHat 7.0
    CDs lying around.
     

    I gave up on the D-Link card, and exchanged it for a NetGear FA511. This
    time, I took the laptop to the store with me, opened up
    /etc/pcmcia/config and picked one of the cards that was listed there.
    The new card worked right out of the box (I'm using it to post this).

    Moral is: just because the box says "linux compatible", don't assume
    anything.

    -MB

    Mike Guest

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