NE2000 compat no detected

Posted on 1998-10-30
Last Modified: 2013-12-15
I have installed Linux 5.1 (several times).

Most things go well except the network card installation.  the system reports while trying to install the drivers that the card can't be found in the system.  I've tried 2 very standard ne2000 compatable cards at 320/5 and 320/10 even specifying the settings and no luck(there are no IRQ conflicts, LPT1 is on 7) The same cards installed on DOS or windows machines perform perfectly.

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is the card PNP.

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I've had this problem before.  What you want to do is recompile your kernel with ONLY support for NE2000.  A lot of times the ne2000 compatible adapter doesn't get recognized if any other driver is present.

Good luck...

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ID: 1631356
How do I recompile the Kernel with support ONLY for ne2000 compatible?

The card is PNP but I have disabled PNP using the card's utility and set 320/5.

Expert Comment

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cd /usr/src/linux
make config

in the sections about network cards, answer no to everything but NE2000 support.

If you have never compiled your kernel before, read the docs about it...

A possible alternative is to specify the eth0 properties manually at boot.  do to this, reboot your machine and get to the

LILO boot:

prompt.  Assuming you normally type "linux" to boot Linux,  you'd type:

LILO boot: linux ether=5,0x320,eth0

to specify that you want to detect an ethernet card on IRQ 5, base 0x320.  Give that a shot, maybe it'll work for ya.  If it does, then you can recompile your kernel whenever you get around to it I guess.

Let me know how that works out...


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Sorry I took so long to reply Mart,

When I boot the system I get a login prompt to which I respond with the root user and my password.  Then I end up at a

[root@localhost /root]#


None of the above commands result in anything but "no such file or directory" or "command not found"

I have xwindows will that help.


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The LILO boot: prompt is before you boot Linux, right when you turn on your PC.  Assuming you have installed LILO, if you're not getting the LILO boot: prompt, hold down the right Shift key when you turn your computer on to get it.  Then proceed as I mentioned above.

If you don't have /usr/src/linux, then you don't have kernel source code installed, and won't be able to compile your kernel.  Add the "C/C++ Development" packages from your distribution if you have not done so already, then either install the "Kernel Source" package or download kernel source from
Look at for a guide to compiling your kernel.  If you're interested in Linux, it's something you'll want to know about anyway.

For more information about getting your ethernet card working, look at:

You can go ahead and reject the answer above, since it didn't solve your problem.

Good luck...


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