I have an Acer Travelmate 212TXV laptop running Ubuntu 5.10. This model does not have ethernet as standard, so I have got a D-link DFE660 PCMCIA ethernet card for it, which I cannot get working. Hopefully someone here can help.
When I plug it in, I can hear hard disk activity. The light labelled '10/100' lights up on the network dongle, but not 'Half/Full' or 'Ln/Act'. In the 'Network Settings' dialog, an Ethernet Connection appears. I set this to use DHCP, and when I click Activate, it says 'Activating interface eth0' and a scrollbar moves for around 1 min, the lights on my hub for the sockets that the laptop and ADSL modem/router are plugged into flash, and then the Ethernet Connection entry says 'The interface eth0 is active'.
That's as far as I get though. I cannot ping the router (Network is unreachable), ifconfig shows eth0 but does not show an 'inet addr' for it, only 'inet 6 addr'. If I change the connection to static IP address in network settings, it then shows an ip address in ifconfig, but I still cannot ping (destination host is unreachable).
If I run mii-tool I get
akadruid@spitfire:~$ sudo mii-tool eth0
eth0: autonegotiation restarted, no link
I think this might be difficult and/or I will need lots of hand-holding, so I have assigned maximum points.