My network at home uses what is now old-fashioned coax with BNC connectors. New computers—such as, for example, a visiting iBooks—only have connectors for new-style cat-5e cables. Rather than replace my entire home network, I’m experimenting with a second NIC and a crossover cable. This means powering down my desktop (uptime: up 170 days, 15:55).
Update: some hours later I have managed to get my first card working again, after Red Hat’s auto-configuration clobbered my settings! My attempts to load the module for card #2 so far unsuccessful. I have downloaded a newer kernel (I was running 2.2.12, this is 2.2.22), which is currently compiling. Maybe it will do better. ¶ It has now finished after 15½ minutes. I will not try rebooting until tomorrow, however.
Turns out that kernel 2.2.22 hangs on boot-up. Argh.
Returned to 2.2.12 for now.
otherhand, I discovered that
modules_install is different from merely
modules_install. It appears that the install target does
not imply actually building the modules? Anyway, I did
this and I now have an
rtl2039.o that can be
modprobe. Alas! trying to bring up the
interface complains of a ‘Resource temporarily
unavailable’, which I take to mean that the card
needs to have an IRQ
assigned to it, something that may be doable through the BIOS?
Something to try later in the week.
I have other things to do today.