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Re: Question No network using Xircom RBEM56G-100 (Stuart Pedler)
Date: 2000, Aug 25
From: Stefan Kluth Stefan

Hi, I had similar problems with this card. I edited
the script /etc/pcmcia/network to contain the line

ifconfig $DEVICE down up

after the line

/sbin/ifconfig $DEVICE up $IPADDR $NM $BC $MTU

in the "$IPADDR" section and also in the function
bootp_setup  to get dhcp working. The trick is somehow
to restart the card/driver. To be honest, I don't know
why this works. If somebody does know, please tell me,
this is bothering me now since 1/2 year. 

cheers, Stefan

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Re: Feedback Here is how it worked for me (Stefan Kluth)
Date: 2000, Aug 25
From: Stuart Pedler <stuart.pedler@sbs.siemens.co.uk>

Thanks for your response. Unfortunately I have tried what you suggested but I still cannot tx or rx on the network. Anymore suggestions will be gratefully accepted.

News here is more detail of my setup

Re: Sad Untitled (Stuart Pedler)
Date: 2000, Aug 25
From: Stefan Kluth Stefan

Hi, 

damn, I thought I could do some magic here. The symtoms I 
had matched your description, i.e. ifconfig looked ok. One
thing I noticed was that "route" wasn't set up correctly,
it did not have a default route. Check the output of 
"route" to see what happens in your case. If there is a 
problem you can try to add a default route by hand. 

My setup is like this; I have
a DELL I3700 and a RBEM56G 10/100 card. I run Debian potato
(its just out, see www.debian.org) with kernel 2.2.17 and 
pcmcia-cs 3.1.19. My trick already worked with 2.2.13 and
pcmcia-cs 3.1.8. 

If you are still stuck and you are willing to play a bit
more you could have a look at

http://www.scyld.com/network/updates.html and
http://www.scyld.com/network

There seems to be a way to drive a tulip based CardBus pcmcia
card with the normal tulip driver in the kernel. I did
not try this since my card works :) but perhaps it helps
you.

BTW, to the general public on this list, has anybody ever 
tried this? Should this approach be a part of the pcmcia-cs
package?

cheers, Stefan

None That tulip driver won't help you

Re: News here is more detail of my setup (Stefan Kluth)
Date: 2000, Aug 25
From: David Hinds <dhinds@pcmcia.sourceforge.org>

Donald Becker's tulip driver doesn't support the Xircom CardBus cards
at all.

-- Dave

Question Is there anything we can do?

Re: None That tulip driver won't help you (David Hinds)
Date: 2000, Aug 25
From: Stefan Kluth Stefan

Hm, that's too bad, it looked good at the beginning.
Are the tulip chips in the Xircom RBEM56G CB cards 
different from the tulip chips on regular ethernet cards?

Anyway, do you have ideas as to what we could actively do
to improve the tulip_cb driver? 

None Well, there are always things you can do

Re: Question Is there anything we can do? (Stefan Kluth)
Date: 2000, Aug 25
From: David Hinds <dhinds@pcmcia.sourceforge.org>

> Are the tulip chips in the Xircom RBEM56G CB cards 
> different from the tulip chips on regular ethernet cards?

Yes, they are a somewhat weird almost-clone.

> Anyway, do you have ideas as to what we could actively do
> to improve the tulip_cb driver? 

You can get the datasheet from Xircom's web site and work on the
driver if you're up for that.

-- Dave

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Re: Sad Untitled (Stuart Pedler)
Date: 2000, Sep 13
From: Sven Höfer sven

hi,

i've a similiar problem with my rbem-56g100.

because i have to use some windows-software in my lab i reboot
often my laptop to switch between windows98 and linux (2.2.16
and pcmcia 3.1.20). everytime i had a problem to recognize the
network after a reboot from windows. 
the logs showed that network and route service failed but 
network looked ok. the route service wasn't started. after two 
(!) reboots everything is ok and i can work without problems
with network and modem (independent from further reboots of
linux). one boot of windows is enough to destroy this behavior!

some restarts from network and route should solve this
problem: at the moment i have a script which restarts two
times the network service and then it starts the route service
and everything is fine.

the network script is from suse linux and interweaved with 
other system scripts. my next goal is to find the thing what 
changes the behavior.

i have no experience with the pcmcia bus but it's strange for 
me that some things can survive a cold reboot (init of pcmcia 
bus from windows?).

greetings,
sven
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