[tulip] Mandrake 8.2 (k. 2.4.18) + Compaq 1700 notebook w. built-in Conexant NIC
Sun Apr 21 21:11:00 2002
I've just emailed Donald to thank him as my Conexant NIC problem is history
Definitely his very latest files were key to solving it.
So this is what I did to get the Conexant NIC working in my Compaq Presario
1700 (17XL361) notebook with Mandrake 8.2 (w. the included kernel ver.
Even though some files hadn't changed, I downloaded all the files again i.e.
tulip.c, kern_compat.h, pci-scan.c, pci-scan.h and Makefile.
After a few failed compile attempts, the parameters that worked (actually
the ones from Donald's updates.html page and NOT the ones inside the c
gcc -DMODULE -D__KERNEL__ -O6 -c tulip.c -I/usr/src/linux/include -include
gcc -DMODULE -D__KERNEL__ -O6 -c pci-scan.c -I/usr/src/linux/include
I backed-up the existing compressed tulip file which was in
/lib/modules/2.4.18-6mdk/kernel/drivers/net/tulip/ (not sure if this was
install -m 644 pci-scan.o driver.o
Instead of editing files I loaded XWindows (I use IceWM *) and used the
Mandrake Control Center's "Connection" wizard to configure network support
(it identified the NIC as a Conexant Lanfinity!).
Since then the NIC has worked fine BUT there is one caveat! (see Andy's
email below about the need to compile a kernel) After every reboot or
shutdown and restart, you have to "insmod pci-scan.o" and "insmod tulip.o".
I'm a relative newbie and have never compiled my own kernel. If you want to
'delay' the experience of compiling a kernel ;-) , perhaps during boot-up or
for sure, when you first login, you could run a shell script (or if it's
possible, add the commands in a start-up file or just type the commands each
time :-P )
I guess this is just delaying the inevitable but each to their own :)
Last but definitely not least, a BIG round of applause to Donald for doing
such great work!
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>From: LA <email@example.com>
>Subject: [tulip] Answer for problem the with Mandrake 8.2 & Conexant NIC
>Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 19:51:28 +0200
>They are some questions regarding a Conexant NIC LAN drivers and Mandrake
>8.2. The problem is not so complicated and explanasion is as follow:
>1. Location of kernel 2.4.18-6mdk.
>2. Uncompability of that kernel with compiled driver.
>Compilation script looks for default location of kernel sources and it
>2.4.18-6mdk. But compiled drivers "pci-scan.o, tulip.o" do not work due to
>the diffrent construction of 2.4.18-6mdk sources. The only one solution is
>compile kernel based on linux-2.4.xx and next, to force driver script to
>cooperate with those sources during compilation. Another way is to replace
>/usr/src/linux with kernel 2.4.xx.
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