View Full Version : Debian 3.0 Network Card issues

25-08-2004, 06:22 PM
Hellooooooo once more,

My 486 is happily running Debian 3.0 with a 3Com 3c589 10BaseT network card. Well, as far as the whole running out of memory issue isn't concerned.

But the network card does have problems.

If I use DHCP for allocation of IPs, then the card starts up fine, flips itself to 10BaseT, initialises the connection, grabs an IP, and works perfectly.

If I however, switch it to static addressing, (because i need to know the IP is the same under any circumstance), it does nothing nearly as nice.

I originally configured it to run as DHCP under the setup, but after looking around (yes, I have looked at google) for how to change it to static, I edited the /etc/network/interfaces file to read like this:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static

It worked fine untill I restarted the machine. When it rebooted, I needed to ifconfig eth0 inet up, but then the IP address would not assign itself to the card. Also, when I did it this way, the card would not automatically flip to 10BaseT in startup.

What could be wrong? Is it a configuration file? And on a side note, what does the "auto eth0" do?

Graham L
25-08-2004, 06:31 PM
"auto eth0" probably means to autodetect any ethernet card and assign it to eth0.

I assume you're using the module driver ("lsmod"). If so, you can both set that module to be loaded and tell it to use the 10BaseT transceiver with a line like "alias eth0 3c589 xcvr=10TP"(or something like that). modinfo 3c589 will tell you what parameters are recognised by the module.

Graham L
25-08-2004, 06:32 PM
OOPs.., too busy checking the spelling ... that line would go in /etc/modules.conf.