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Looking for Linux Network Interface Card Driver for a 3Com 3C9050 and instructions on how to install

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I am in need of a Network Interface Card driver for my 3Com 3C9050 NIC card.  The operating system is UBUNTU.

I have never installed anything in Linux (Microsoft ex-patriot), especially hardware drivers in a Linux environment, so it would be great if you could provide me with instructions on how to install as well.

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by:Pieter Jordaan
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Hi

The 3C905 card drivers are included in Ubuntu and should work without any changes.

Please post the output of:

ifconfig -a
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by:Duncan Roe
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The output from lspci would also be helpful. At the latest Linux source 2.6.37.1 there is no reference in the source to 3c9050, only 3c905 variants such as 3c905B, 3c905B-FX, 3c905C and so on. These are all handled by the 3c59x driver: modprobe 3c59x to load it.
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which version of ubuntu are you using.  i'd highly recommend version 10.04 rather than 10.10
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I am using 8.04, and I would upgrade, but because of the NIC problem, my PC can't find the internet.  What is Ispci, and how do I find out whether the 3c509 driver has been loaded?
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lspci is a command that you type in a command window (looks a little bit like a DOS window or CMD under Windows). To get one, you probably want to look for a Terminal icon or possibly the word Terminal somewhere on your screen, often somewhere near the bottom of it. lspci shows information about all devices on the PCI bus, such as (for my Ethernet controller):
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)
Please post at least the output regarding your ethernet controller.
To see whether you have 3c509 loaded, type lsmod and look for 3c509 in the output. Or to have the system look for it, type lsmod | grep 509 (will show any line containing the string 509).
To force the module to load, type modprobe 3c509. If that command succeeds, type ifconfig -a to see whether your card is now recognised.
It's possible you may need the 3c59x driver instead of 3c509. Please post the output from uname -r which will give the exact Linux version. Then I can look up what modules were available at that version.  
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All set in that regard.  The wrong 3com driver was loaded. I discovered lsmod last night, but I didn't bother using grep.  Just as well, because I wouldn't have seen that the wrong 3com driver was loaded.

Does this fix my problem?  No.  I think that I might have an ethernet cable problem because ifconfig -a indicates that my router is unreachable AND I've seen that response before USUALLY from a bad cable where there are some good connections mixed with bad wired connections within the cable itself.

What I am interested in though is a good book on Ubuntu.  Do you have any recommendations?

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Ubuntu is becoming allot like windows, where people just click next at questions, and never learn UNIX.

If you plan on going all the way, rather go for something like FreeBSD - http://www.freebsd.org
Most people only find FreeBSD, after struggling with Ubuntu or Fedora Cora for years.

You can build it like you want it.
Play with all the packages before you decide on your favorite GUI. There are many of them, you don't have to use the stock Ubuntu one.

You will learn allot more about UNIX in the process, and maybe learn to love it.
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I worked with Unix for many years, but it's been close to 9 years since I worked with it professionally.  I am aware of FreeBSD.  However, each version of Unix and Linux is much like each version of DOS (when Microsoft wasn't the only player in the PC world ... pre-windows).  Just needed a book to act as a TripTik through UBuntu.  I'll follow up on your suggestion about FreeBSD.

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by:Duncan Roe
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Agree regarding the "point and grunt" nature of the GUI environment, but there's no need to desert Linux just because of not liking a particular distribution or 2. There's one distribution where you build everything from source yourself: Gentoo I think. Personally I've always run Slackware which has a non-GUI installer and minimal distribution-introduced extras. You can review what's available at distrowatch. BSD is there too
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Thanks.  I'm happy with UBuntu for now.  Not really shopping for an OS.  Just trying to address an issue that Microsoft's proprietary nature made difficult for me when I tried to move an HDD from one machine to another.
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by:Pieter Jordaan
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The online documentation is the best source of information.

This site: http://ubuntu-manual.org/ offers a book you can buy or download.
I haven't tried it.

Enjoy.
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Thanks . . . It appears to be FREE :-)
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In comment 34963056, the asker acknowledged the original Q to be answered.
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In comment https:#a34963056, the asker acknowledged the original Q to be answered. Mostly by comment https:#a34955965 I would suggest
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