RH9 / 3C90x Failures...
From: R. Damian Koziel (arinbiorn_at_-nospam-yahoo.com)
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2004 04:32:19 GMT
I'm trying to do an FTP installation of Red Hat 9. The RH9
installation files (not ISO images) live on a FAT partition of a
Windows NT4 machine that is running FileZilla FTP server 0.9.5. (I
have a dead CD-ROM hence the FTP install).
The FTP client is an x86 that has two disks with WinXP running on the
IDE Master and has a 3C900-Combo NIC installed. When I boot the
intended RH9 machine using RH9's 'bootdisk.img', everthing works fine
through the point that I specify the NIC to use. After I specify FTP
as the installation method, I'm prompted with:
"No driver found. Unable to find any of devices of the type needed
for this installation type. Would you like to manually select your
driver or use a driver disk?"
I then indicate that I'll manually select the driver and I insert the
'drnet.img' diskette that was built from RH9. After it reads the
diskette, I select "3Com 3c590/3c595/3c90x/3cx980 (3c59x)" and <eol>.
When the "Configure TCP/IP" screen appears, there's some output
(stderr?) that indicates "gzlib: stdin: unexpected end of file error
-2147483630 reading header: cpio: read failed - Success"
Wonderful. From that point, I'm hosed. The DHCP fails and I'm unable
to connect to the FTP server. Even if I specify a static IP on the
same subnet, the connection to the FTP server fails.
DHCP/NIC/Cabling: The same machine when running Windows XP
successfully obtains a DHCP address from the router so there's no
problem with the Efficient Networks 5861 router, DHCP, the 3c900-Combo
or the 10BaseT cabling.
FTP Server: I can connect to the FTP server and peruse the RH9
installation directory from other machines on the same subnet so
there's no problem with FileZilla.
>From all this I conclude that I'm having driver problems. Buying new
gear is not high on my list so can anyone point me in the right
direction how to resolve this problem?