Install NIC Ethernet D-Link Linux

Hello. I've purchased a NIC Ethernet PCI adapter D-Link DFE-520TX for my Linux PC. The card comes with an installation CD with instructions about compiling the driver. The driver is compatible with Linux 2.4/2.6. But I'm using Linux 3.2 and maybe I don't need to compile the driver that looks like a long process. I want to know if there is some website to verify if the NIC is recognized under Linux 3.2 without needing to compile the driver. It is dangerous install the NIC and switch on the PC to see if the card is recognized?

My system is:

Linux ELIC 3.2.0-4-686-pae #1 SMP Debian 3.2.57-3 i686 GNU/Linux

Thanks
ConsJMEAAsked:
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gheistCommented:
PCI ID from windows driver INF FILE:
PCI\VEN_1106&DEV_3106

From linux 3.19:
# modinfo via-rhine
alias:          pci:v00001106d00003106sv*sd*bc*sc*i*

i.e your card works out of the box

I'd say gigabit realtek is much better (bad as gigabit, but fairly good up to half-gigabit)
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gheistCommented:
you install card and boot the computer. via-rhine driver is certainly included in default debian kernel.
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TobiasHolmCommented:
I see no harm in installing a hardware in the computer and then boot Linux to see if it works.

Use "lspci" to list PCI cards. Check with "dmesg" for startup messages. And check with "ifconfig" if the NIC seems ok.
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ConsJMEAAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much. I've installed the card. First I've needed solve a cable related problem. The command lspci has helped to me for verifying that the card is recognized by Linux. Now the card is working fine.
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