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Red Hat V.5.1 and IBM 325

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I have attempted to install Red Hat V.5.1 on an IBM 325. It will not correctly ID the fast ethernet card. I installed it on a generic box with Dual P pro's and an Intel Pro 100b card without a hitch. Anybody know where I can get the drivers to make Red Hat happy with the IBM? I searched the Red Hat site, to no avail. About to enter the black hole of the IBM site. :-(
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rsletten earned 50 total points
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Intel Pro 10/100 cards are just simply amazing under Linux. They are fully supported.

RH Linux 5.1 also supports 3Com 3C59x and 3C905 (Vortex and Boomerang) Fast Ethernet cards but they do not handle the 3C905B (Cyclone) cards well. I'de suggest downgrading to the 3C905.

How come you didn't mention your fast ethernet card?

Hope this helps.

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by:TimCaturaHouser
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Opps. The IBM Fast Ethernet (on mainboard with the RAID ctrl.) is the AMD PCnet32.  I have listed the most detailed information I could find on any of the news groups.

As a old time computer nerd, but being new to Red Hat, I am clear what the poster is saying about not being in the standard kernel build. What I am not clear on is how to build a custom floppy. It sounds like the alternative is to borrow the Pro 100B card from the one server, and install it into the IBM for the Red Hat build. I can do that.

What I am not clear on is how to get the AMD Pcnet NIC installed. I did see something about a non-plug and pray.

If you could outline the steps, I would happily increase this to 200 points with an A --- How about 250 points and an A?

I want to have a step by step on the 325. I would fool around with it, however, between NT 5, SQL 7, etc.... I have very little time to devote to this particular R&D project.



I'm using Fujitsu ErgoPro PCs with on-board AMD PCnet32
adapters. The adapter is supported and works fine. Be aware
though that support is not built into the boot floppy kernel. If
you need to install via the network you need to make your own
boot floppy with a custom built kernel (or borrow a supported
ethernet card till you finished the installation).
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The latest kernel 2.0.35 supports AMD Lance and PCnet (AT1500 and NE2100) support. I hope you have one of these.

If RedHat 5.1 doesn't detect it upon installation, then you might just might not want to not install a ethernet card, then update the kernel with the RedHat RPMs or compile your own with the original source. Then, add the card in networking.

With either way, I can help you. If you are short on time, like usually my customers are, I'de suggest buying hardware that is on the RH 5.1 Hardware Compatibility List http://www.redhat.com/support/docs/rhl/intel/rh51-hardware-intel.html

NT 5 and SQL 7?? wow, your in for some hurt :)
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by:TimCaturaHouser
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Sorry for the delay. I had to make garden pickin' while the sun shined. (My wife and I grow/make a 100% home grown natural salsa from what used to be known as the MCSE garden - it was full of rocks that needed to be cleaned up - get it? :-)   ) We use it as presents for our family and friends in Redmond.....

Anyway, I don't have the the chance to go pick Red Hat approved software. As a IBM PSE (think of it as a MSCE + Hardware) I got a deal on a few dozen servers for the students at the collage.
The bottom line is I want to teach them two things. How to think through a challange, and how to interface with Linux. I bought Linux a couple weeks ago while at the MCP Tech Mentor conference. I have to double check, which I will do by blowing off the server and re-installing (different permuntation) but I seem to remember seeing the kernel was 2.0.34 !  (What a difference a month makes in IT)

Presuming that 2.0.35 sees the AMD, you just scored with me, big time.

sorry linux geeks. I really think I do understand what you're fighting for. I am not in a position to fight *every* battle to the death. I appricate you're help, and please accept my thanks, personally, and to the anti-borg federation, as a whole.

Tim  
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So, are you finished with this question and can it be graded?
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by:TimCaturaHouser
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Yes, the kernal heads-up does tell me how to make many of the 33x based PC servers work. I will find a how-to on a kernal replacement, unless you would like me to open another question, to which you can post the how-to.

Thanks!

Tim

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