linux.txt Driver File Contents (via8233.ZIP)

**  VIA PCI 10/100Mb Fast Ethernet Adapter
**  Linux Driver
**  v3.23   May 2001

    The instructions listed below are for linux driver installation. You must
    compile the source code to generate linuxfet.o and use insmod command to
    insert linuxfet.o as module.

Contents of the Subdirectory:

    linux.txt               This file.
    vialinux.tar            Tar file includes following files
    Makefile                Makefile for generating driver object file
    linuxfet.h              The linux driver header file
    linuxfet.c              The linux driver source code file

Kernel Supported
    This driver support linux kernel version 2.2.x and 2.4.x now.

    Please enter the following commands at the UNIX prompt. Remember, UNIX is
    case sensitive.

    1) Create a temporary directory:
        mkdir /temp

    2) Change to the temporary directory:
        cd /temp

    2) Copy driver (vialinux.tar) from DOS disk, (mcopy below is one tool in
       mtools, if you didn't install mtools, you can type 
       'mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt' and use 'cp /mnt/vialinux.tar /temp'
       command to copy the driver to the temporary directory):
        mcopy a:vialinux.tar .

    3) untar the archive file:
        tar xvf vialinux.tar    
    4) Compile the driver source files and it will generate linuxfet.o, and
       copy it to correct driver installation path (The installation directory
       is different in different kernel versions. In 2.4.x kernel, the path is 
       /lib/modules/KERNEL_VERSION/kernel/drivers/net/, and in 2.2.x kernel,
       the path is /lib/modules/KERNEL_VERSION/net/, the KERNEL_VERSION (see
       above) means the kernel version of your Linux distribution. If you don't
       know your kernel version , please run 'uname -r' command in command 
       line. The kernel version will look like '2.2.16', '2.4.2-2smp' etc.) :
        make install

    5) Check configuration file (/etc/modules.conf or /etc/conf.modules,it 
       depend on your Linux distribution) for loading kernel modules. Make sure
       there is the following content in the configuration file, where # is 
       interface number (eg: alias eth0 linuxfet):
        alias eth# linuxfet

    6) Reboot now:
        shutdown -r now

    7) Install your driver module (If the driver module is in the wrong place,
       an error message will appear, and say that can't find the driver 
        insmod linuxfet

    8) Use ifconfig command to assign the IP address, where # is network 
       interface number:
        ifconfig eth# <IP>

    9) Check the interface works:
        ping <remote_host_IP>

    Please enter the following commands to uninstall your driver:
        make uninstall

    1) Make sure that your kernel is built with network, fast_ethernet
       and module support. Otherwise, you have to rebuild your kernel (see
        1. Go to /usr/src/linux (or /usr/src/linux-2.4) directory:
            cd /usr/src/linux
        2: Run 'make menuconfig' or 'make config' in text mode, or 'make 
           xconfig' in graphic mode.
        3: Mark the options list above.
        4: Exit and rebuild your kernel:
            make dep;make clean;make bzImage
           The file 'bzImage' will be at /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/bzImage
        5: Modify /etc/lilo.conf.(this file specifies where kernel image is)
        6: Run 'lilo'
        7: Reboot, and select the correct kernel image to boot your system.

    2) You can use the utility (like netconfig, linuxconf) in your Linux 
       distribution to set your network parameters(like ip,gateway). These
       parameters will be used at boot time. The following is the demonstration
       to show how to use linuxconf (it's a utitlity in RedHat Linux 6.x) set
       the network paramters.
       1. Run linuxconf:
       2. Enter setting in the Config/Networking/Client tasks/Basic host information/
          and fill out the following information. Where 'xxx' is the IP address
          what you have.
                    IP address:
                    Net device:    eth0
                    Kernel module: linuxfet
    3) If you can't install driver at boot time.
       If you can install your driver using insmod command, but you can't
       install it at boot time, please check whether the driver is in the
       correct directory (eg: /lib/modules/2.2.XXX/net/), and check the
       /lib/modules/2.2.XXX/modules.dep file, it must include the following

       You can insert this line using depmod command or insert it manually.
       Also, you must consult your Linux distribution installation guide
       and learn how to set the IP address of your network interface and 
       up it at boot time.

    4) If you can't compile this driver, and parse error messages appear,
       please make sure your source code text format is right. You must convert
       your source code text format from MS-DOS to UNIX, as show below (see
       Solution 1 and 2).
       Make sure the files in floppy disk are not vialinux.tar file. They must
       be the source code text files (5 files), vialinux.tar is not a text file
       , so it can't be converted.

            If you use mcopy command to copy your driver from floppy disk to
            linux, you can type:
                mcopy -t a:\* .
            then it will convert the format for you. 

            If you use mount command to mount floppy disk to linux, you can
                mount -t vfat -o conv=t /dev/fd0 /mnt/floppy
            then, when you copy files from /mnt/floppy, these files format will
            be right.
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After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

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