LINUX.TXT Driver File Contents (

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*                     32-Bit PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter                      *
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*                      Driver Installation for LINUX                        *
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Below are the instructions for installing linux driver. You must complie the
source code to generate rtl8139.o and use "insmod" to insert rtl8139.o as module.
You can use "netconfig" utilities to setup network parameters for the driver.

Files Description:
rtl8139.c  The adapter source code. You can download the newest version from
trans      Compile batch file.
linux.txt  This file.

1. Plug 32-Bit PCI Fast Ethernet Adapter into PC's PCI-bus slot.

2. Boot into LINUX and keyin the following commands at the LINUX prompt.
   Remember, LINUX is case sensitive.

      mkdir /temp
      mcopy a:/linux/rtl8139.c /temp
            (Copied from LINUX directory of the driver diskette.)
            ("mcopy" is the mtools. If you don't have mtools, you can
             mount -t msdos /dev/fd0 /mnt and use cp command)
      mcopy a:/linux/trans /temp
      cd /temp
      chmod 777 trans

3. Run trans file to complie and copy driver to linux source code:

      cd /temp

      (rtl8139.o will be generated and be copied to /usr/src/linux/modules.)

4. Run netconfig (or netcfg) to set you network parameter (like ip, gateway).

   Slackware: Run "netconfig" to configure IP environment.
              This will create '/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1' and 'rc.inet2' files.


   - Add "alias eth0 rtl8139" into the /etc/conf.modules file.
      cd /etc
      vi conf.modules
         alias eth0 rtl8139

   - Run "netcfg" in the xterm of X-window to configure IP environment.
      (Configure IP of eth0 and enable "Activate interface at boot time".)

5. Use editor vi to modify 'rc.inet1'(or 'rc') in the /etc/rc.d directory to
   insmod driver.  This file will be run at boot time. You just add a line
   at the beginning of 'rc.inet1'(or 'rc').

      cd /etc/rc.d
      vi rc.inet1
         insmod /usr/src/linux/modules/rtl8139.o

   RedHat: Add a line at the beginning of 'rc' file.
      cd /etc/rc.d
      vi rc
         insmod /usr/src/linux/modules/rtl8139.o

6. Reboot the LINUX.

      reboot    ( or shutdown -r now )

   When system boots, the driver will be loaded. Then the driver will
   scan I/O port to see if a card is there.
   (You can run 'dmesg' to see the boot message.)

7. Run 'ifconfig' or 'netstat -i' to see if there is a interface 'eth0'.

   Make sure that your kernel is built with network, fast_ethernet and module
   support. Otherwise, you have to rebuild your kernel.

   (1) Go to /usr/src/linux directory
   (2) Run 'make menuconfig' or 'make config'
   (3) Mark the options list above.
   (4) Exit and rebuild your kernel.
       make dep;make clean;make zImage
       The file 'zImage' will be at /usr/src/linux/arch/i386/boot/zImage
   (5) Modify /etc/lilo.conf. (This file specify where kernel image is)
   (6) Run 'lilo'.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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