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  1. #1

    Network card problem

    I've recently installed Debian 3.0 on my PC, and I can't figure out how to configure my network card. I know it uses the 8139too module, but when I try to load it I get the following errors:

    If I try "insmod 8139too" I get:
    Using /lib/modules/2.2.20/net/8139too.o
    /lib/modules/2.2.20/net/8139too.o: init_module: Device or resource busy
    Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters

    I tried to add IO and IRQ parameteres, but it doesn't seem to be the problem.

    And if I try "modprobe 8139too" I get:
    insmod: /lib/modules/2.2.20/net/mii.o: No such file or directory
    insmod: insmod /lib/modules/2.2.20/net/mii.o failed
    insmod: insmod mii failed
    insmod: insmod 8139too failed

    I searched the /lib/modules/2.2.20/net/ directory and the mii.o file isn't there.... so guess I need that module, but I don't know where to get it from.... so my question is where can I find mii.o for kernel 2.2.20??
    I also searched my whole system and there's a /usr/include/linux/mii.h file, perhaps I should compile it manually, but neither do I know how! help please

    Thanx very much in advance.

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    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
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    Jun 2004
    St. Petersburg, FL
    two things:
    1)mii.h is a header file
    you can't compile header files
    2)is there any particular reason that you are using 2.2.x? unless that kernel is absolutely necessary, you really should update to 2.6.x

  3. #3
    Good point...
    2.2.20 is the kernel that came with Debian 3.0 by default, but someone now is telling me that the installer lets you choose between 2.2.2 and 2.4, I will try to upgrade it and perhaps that makes the network card work....


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    Linux Guru lakerdonald's Avatar
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    Jun 2004
    St. Petersburg, FL
    well, you could probably even get the 2.6.x kernel series through APT:
    apt-get upgrade kernel

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    yep, definitely....
    This morning I reinstalled Debian with a 2.4.18 kernel but the card isn't still working. I'll try some 2.6.x kernel, that is used by Mandrake and Knoppix and, in fact, those distributions recognize my card automatically.

    Thank you a lot for your help!

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