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Question IBM PCMCIA Etherjet 10/100... lord help me. 

Forum: Xircom PCMCIA Ethernet Adapter Issues
Date: 2000, Feb 28
From: GarrettSerack gserack



I'm attempting to install linux (Mandrake 7.0 (2) ) on my laptop, a Sony Vaio PCG-F160, with an IBM Etherjet 10/100 ethernet card.

I managed to get Linux installed quickly enough, but My ethernet card is not working.

I've got a small firewall that handles DHCP for me, and my desktop machines in the house all get their IP addresses perfectly fine.

When the PCMCIA Etherjet card is inserted, the firewall is getting the request for the IP address, and is sending the response, but the laptop is not seeing the response.

Now, I started looking into this, it seems that the PCMCIA Etherjet card is trying to use the tulip_cb driver. It loads, and actually sends packets, but it does not seem to get the DHCP response.

I then gave the laptop a static IP address, and tried to ping the other systems in my house. The phone rang, and I was distracted for a few minutes, and then when I was finished, I noticed that the laptop _was_ getting the pings thru. at 25000 ms ping times. Wow, I didn't know that it would do that!

So I am fairly convinced that I have the right driver, and it would work, I'm just missing something...

I have a couple of questions about this :

1. are there any settings I should be putting into the /etc/pcmcia/config.opts file?

2. I noticed that Mandrake 7 uses pcmcia 3.1.9 and there is version 3.1.11 out. Would upgrading my pcmcia (and the modules therein) fix this?

3. My network is a 10mbit network, is there a way to force the PCMCIA Etherejet card to 10mb( if this is a problem)

4. Does anyone have a clue as to where I should go next?

Thanks, in advance, for any help anyone could offer me in my time of need... ;)


PS. I had loaded linux on another laptop about a year ago, and I could have _sworn_ that I used this exact same ethernet card, and it worked really well. Am I on drugs, or what?

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