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I have a block of IP addresses that are configured in a Netgear ISDN Router.  The router is configured for DHCP.

When I install Linux-Mandrake, the 3COM 3c509 does not get an IP address assigned.  I tried removing an IP Address from the block and assigning it manually to the card, during set up ... again unsuccessful.  

I tried reinstalling Linux but the installation went awry trying to install packages.

What gives???
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I don't know what went wrong when you tried to re-install, but I doubt that it has anything to do with the network problem. You might try blowing the disk contents away using a DOS format and then installing.

I'll bet that you've got a 3c509b card, which comes configured to be in PnP mode by default. Linux needs that card to be in a fixed IRQ & IOport mode. You can configure it that way with the 3c5x9cfg utility that came on the floppies furnished with the card (typically diskette 1). If you don't have the floppies, the config tool can be downloaded from 3Com's site.

The process is pretty simple. Make sure that PnP is off/disabled in the bios, boot from a DOS or win95/98 diskette, then run 3c5x9cfg. Change the config to "PnP disabled" and let the utility "Auto Configure" the card and save the config. Linux should then be able to find the card and load a driver for it.
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