Once again - I'm an "expert" in Windows based computers, but when it comes to linux, I'm a novice (so I know what DHCP is, what an IRQ is and an I/O address). That said, here's my problem:
On a Gateway 2000 P4D66 (486-66, upgraded with Pentium Overdrive chip (83 MHz), PCI Bus) I've managed to install Red Hat 6.1. During the install process the 3c509b card I have was in the system, however, Red Hat never seemed to ask me about it (or networking in general - I did a Custom Install). After rebooting, it was still not detected by any automatic means. I went into X and the Kernel Configurator where I added eth0 as a 3c509, IRQ 10, IO 300. I then went into networking control panel and set eth0 to activate on boot, obtain an IP through DHCP, and then tried to activate it there. It gave me a message "Delaying eth0 initialization".
I then rebooted and that too failed to start networking (as I understand Linux/Unix, most changes, especially like this, do NOT require a reboot. Nevertheless, I tried). I then downloaded the 3COM EtherDisk that allows me to configure the IO/IRQ of the NIC - I also verified that it was set to a non-pnp status. The IRQ and IO were set correctly, but I decided to change them to 280 and 9. That failed as well. (I have tried 3 other 3c509 cards, none have worked, all have been set to 300/10 and non-pnp - all responded with the same message. I then tried an SMC PCI NIC (DEC 21040 chip based NIC) which was detected through some pnp routines as a "tulip" based NIC. This ALSO failed to automatically start. BUT, for the duration of one boot, I was able to get it working - even after it failed to start on boot, it started ONCE successfully obtaining an IP address and putting me on the internet after I ran "netconfig" outside of X and told it to obtain a DHCP address.
However, since that one boot, I have been unable to get it to start again. I would REALLY like to get this networking working - using ANY one of the 4 NICs I have tried!
FYI, my etc/conf.modules file reads as follows (now that I have both the SMC and a 3c509 card in):
options eth1 io=0x280 irq=9
alias eth1 3c509
alias eth0 tulip
Any/All help appreciated.