[svlug] PCMCIA ethernet reccomendations
rick at linuxmafia.com
Mon May 8 11:43:36 PDT 2000
Quoting Paul Keser (from work) (paul at keser.com):
> I've had good luck with 3Com as well. Both the 575 & 3c589. I would
> avoid the LAN/Modem cards. Had trouble (haven't tried since I did the
> rc mods tho) with both the 10MB/33bps card and the 10/100/56kv90 cards.
Combo cards always seem to give me trouble, often failing to ID during
one's Linux install. Workaround:
Using a working Linux laptop, insert the candidate card and do (as root)
a "cardctl ident". Write down the "product info" ID strings and
Boot your installer's ramdisk, and proceed to PCMCIA initialisation.
Open a shell, and, using whatever editor is available during
installation, fix the ramdisk's /etc/pcmcia/config file to correctly
reference your card's "product info" string for one of the device
entries. You may need to experiment, to make this work.
The above is a considerable pain in the neck, so it's better if possible
to use a non-combo card for installation, if necessary upgrade Card
Services, and only then swap in your combo card.
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