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Linux 5.2 NFS image Installation with 3com mca card

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I need some assistance in installing Linux 5.2 using the NFS images.
I just got the Red Hat Linux 5.2 package with the CD and boot disk. I am currently trying to install linux
into my 386 IBM PS/2 computer with the 3com 3c529 ethernet card. There is no cdrom on this machine,
thus I am using the nfs image which will connect to my other computer with the cdrom. I have a hub
wherein the computer with the cdrom is connected to.

My problem is the boot disk cannot probe the 3com card. I also tried putting the module option as such: io=0x200 irq=3; eth=3,0x200,1,eth0; and many other combination and it didn't work.
The 3com card is detected by the reference disk of IBM model 55 with the following info:
Slot2: 3com 3c520 tp Adapter , i/o 200h - 20fh , irq 3

I have read somewhere in some linux site, that there is a patch, and I downloaded the patch, but What
do I do with the patch to make the boot disk recognize the 3com card? I also think my problem may only be giving the wrong option. What option argument is needed for an IBM model 55 with 3com 3c529 ethernet card?


Hope you can assist me on this. Thanks.

Regards,

Nelson Cocorpus
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You can't use a patch until after you've installed enough of Linux to build a kernel and incorporate it into the boot floppy.  
There are no production Linux versions that support MCA, therefore Red Hat doesn't support them, which is why the floppy doesn't work for you.  

If you have another Linux system nearby then you can use the patches (or Linux kernel 2.1), build a new kernel, and copy the kernel onto the boot floppy.  I'm not sure what all the steps are in between (Red Hat has changed recently), but the details are irrelevant to you if you don't actually have such a system.  

In a short while (a few months) MCA support should be available in production Linux versions; if you can afford the time it might be worthwhile to wait for the next RedHat release.

If you can copy enough of the Linux CD onto the machine to install a minimal Linux system using e.g. Win95, then you can at least get the system going without networking.  It might make more sense time-wise to borrow the CD-ROM or an ISA network card and put it in the 386 long enough to do the install.
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