3com 3c509b install on PhatLinux v3.2

I am an extreme newbie to linux, I just started looking at it yesterday.  I have a 3c509b ISA NIC running perfect under win98.  I want to set it up to run TCP/IP through a proxy server on a win98 machine from scratch under linux.  I'm running PhatLinux v3.2 with KDE on X windows.  Example of my linux ignorance, I have no clue how to edit a kernel, what a module is, and don't have any linux commands memorized yet except ls
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spavConnect With a Mentor Commented:
to setup the card you need to go to your kernel source directory.  If you don't have one, then download one.

To reconfigure the kernel, type "make menuconfig" and enter.  It will then bring up a nifty list to pick from there are many options to choose from but in the list you will find "Network Device Support" press enter on that and then choose "Ethernet 10/100 Mbit" this will bring you to another menu.  Find "3Com cards" and press the letter "Y" while higlighted, and it will bring up more choices, find your card in the list and then press "y" again.  You have now selected your card to be compiled in at next kernel compile.  (note: you may want to go through the rest of the list and then hit N on any cards or types that you will not use).

This handles the ethernet part of a Kernel Compile, but you have to configure the rest of it first.  This can be done in the same fashion, and my suggestion is to go through the other menus, and choose the things that are relative to your system.  ESC will back you out of a menu, and eventually all the way out where it will prompt you to save your config.  Say yes, and then at the command line type "make dep;make clean;make bzlilo" and the kernel will compile.

by doing the make bzlilo it should automagically run lilo at the end, and set your new kernel up to boot.

best of luck.
badboyndsuAuthor Commented:
How do I set up the card in x windows? Running KDE.
I'm assuming that you have actually gotten the card to work by now (being that you accepted my answer.  As to configuration, there are several nic configuration options that you can use.  Many linux distros come with a utility called Linuxconf.  This can be used to configure many aspects of your system.  I've always done things manually, but that's just me.  For newbies this utility may be the way to go.  I know it can set up a nic for at least rudimentary networking (assigning IP and default routes) See if you have it, if not and you have the ability to use rpms, you can probably grab it from Redhat, or get the source and compile the program yourself (recommended).  

If you have more difficulties or need help compiling a program drop me an e-mail.  I'll be happy to help.
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