Re: more install problems
From: Andrew McGuinness (andrew_at_arobeia.co.uk)
Date: Wed, 30 Jul 2003 12:15:19 +0000 To: email@example.com
Andrew McGuinness wrote:
> The RPM stuff has probably been unpacked by your driver disk.
> It looks like the driver module is supposed to compile against pcmcia-cs
> (I'm not sure why). Possibly you need to get the source of this
> package. Woody uses 3.1.33, but you would want to get the source from
> the debian ftp server.
> On general principle, I treat linux drivers provided by hardware vendors
> as a last resort. If they're not brand new, then someone somewhere will
> have integrated them properly into the kernel (if they're open source)
> or replicated them if they're not. You should try to get the standard
> Realtek driver to work before you resort to trying to use IBM's
The driver you have been provided with seems to be a version of Donald
Becker's 8139 driver. This was replaced in the standard kernel with a
fork of it that is called 8139too.
The first thing to try is (with the 2.4.18-bf24 kernel you are using)
# modprobe 8139too
It's a bit of a long shot but it's too easy not to try.
If that fails, you need to go back to compiling the driver you have been
given. It looks, as I said, as if it wants the source to pcmcia-cs. If
you had a working network card, you could just
# apt-get source pcmcia-cs
Otherwise you'll have to obtain them from the debian source archive.
As someone else pointed out, you also need the kernel-headers package
that matches your kernel. I think you probably have that by default.
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