[lug] Linux DE-220p install Tip
edz at aa.net
Tue Sep 21 23:09:19 MDT 1999
How to get your DE-220p network card to work
in the Linux OS environment.
Suggested search topic / words:
DE220, DE220p, Linux, Driver, Drivers,
Network, NIC, Network Interface Card,
Network Adapter TCP/IP, IP, hardware,
Written by Edward Zuris at edz at aa.net
Having Windows2000 and Linux coexist on the
same PC system using the DE-220p NIC card
was a challenge to reverse engineer. However,
the DE220p.Txt file will provide you with valuable
information on how to complete this task.
The DE-220p (NIC) Network Interface Card has
a few, features, which make using it a bit
unusual. It is almost a NE2000 compatible device.
The "ne.c" module/driver was written by
Mr. Donald Becker.
Mr. Donald Becker can be reached using his
Email address -> becker at cesdis.gsfc.nasa.gov
Mr. Donald Becker's, assistance was and is greatly
appreciated. His help made the following possible
One example of the "ne" source "c" can be downloaded from
The drivers provided by D-Link for the DE-220p
should be ignored as they can be prone to
If you find yourself in a situation where you want
to use either Linux and/or Windows2000. Here is
a procedure that can get you up and running.
First you start on the Windows/Dos side and use
the DLink setup program. If you don't have the DLink
setup program you can download it from www.dlink.com
The setup program will allow you to manually configure
the DE-220p or DE220 NIC card's parameters. When
in the manual configuration option disable the Plug
and Play feature first. This will allow you to change
the I/O Address and the IRQ settings. With Plug
and Play disabled those settings should stay after
Select values which do conflict with the other
cards or devices which you may have installed
in your PC computer system. For example on
the example computer system the Address of
340 and IRQ 10 were selected. Once those
settings were changed to the correct values.
Press the F2 key to write the new settings into
the DE-220p or DE200 non-volatile memory.
At which time you'll be asked to reboot your PC.
Please remove any floppy disks and reboot.
Once the PC system has finished rebooting you
will need to go to the Windows control panel
and select networking in the case of Windows95.
If your are working with Windows2000 select
the System Icon and remove any previous
DE-200p adapter Icon if there it is one
Reboot the PC again. In Windows95 go back to
the Control Panel / Network Icon and add a new
network adapter. Select only the Microsoft
provided DLink Pnp Adapter. The drivers on
the DLink floppies or downloads have issues.
Change the settings in proprieties box to match
the changes you made to the DE-220p card.
If in Windows2000 go to control panel selecting
the Add new hardware Icon. Select the Add/Trouble
shoot check box. A list should appear and select
"A new device" at that time another list appears.
Select Network adapter and select DLink. Use
only the Microsoft provided DE-220p driver.
This may look strange, but if you use the Non-Pnp
driver from DLink it will disable the NIC IRQ
settings. Once again, please only use the
Microsoft provided DLink (Pnp) Driver, even
though (Pnp) "Plug aNd Play" has been disabled.
Work you way back out of the cascading Windows
reverse the way you got in until you see the
close button. When you click or press the
close button Windows will ask to reboot your
computer. Please Select NO.
Find the System Icon in control panel and
select hardware. A directory tree will appear.
Select the Network adapter symbol and click
the plus sign. Select the DE-220 line and either
right mouse click or click the proprieties button.
In the proprieties selection window change NIC
resource values to reflect the changes you made
to the DE-220p card with its setup program. Work
your way back out of the cascading windows and
finally close the control panel. At that point
Please can reboot your PC computer system.
There are a dozen or so Windows2000 settings,
and you can learn those particulars on your own,
to get "NetBEUI" to the point where you can do
peer to peer network activities with other Windows
PC based computer systems on your local area
By the way be sure that you have selected and
Added the Microsoft TCP/IP protocol. This the
protocol Windows and Linux uses to send data
between themselves. Make sure you have put
in the correct TCP/IP addresses and masks.
Now it is on to the Linux side of the operation.
Once you have booted Linux, you will note an
error of "eth0 unknown Interface" will flash on
your screen. Don't worry.
Once the Linux system is up, Log into the
"root" account. While at the root line prompt
type in the LISA command and press the enter
or return key.
In the Lisa window select System Configuration.
Select which is item 3. The second System
Configuration window will activate. From this
window select item 2, system configuration and
press the enter/return key. From this second
system configuration window select item 7,
Kernel Module Administration. In that LISA
Window select item 5, Load Kernel Modules
and press the enter/return key. Work your way
down the list until you get near to item 153.
The Kernel Module you want to load is called
"ne". Select the "ne" module and press the
After a few seconds LISA will report it could
not load or initialized module "ne". Press the
enter/return key to indicate "OK". LISA will
now ask for the Kernel Module Boot Parameters.
In the example the DE-220p card has been
set to Address 340 and IRQ 10. For the example,
computer in the below values in indicated box:
then and press the enter/return key.
Most likely you will have different values
to enter. Press the enter/return key and
with any fortunateness and good luck Linux
should be happy, if Not then you will have
to contact a good Linux expert for help.
After a few seconds you should see the
Administration of Loadable Kernel Modules
LISA Window. Press the (Esc) key to go
back one window. From the inner System
Configuration LISA window press (Esc)
to go back another LISA window. You will
note there are less cascading windows to
worry about in Linux than in Windows2000.
Press (Esc) again to get to the outer System
Configuration LISA window.
From the outer or first System Configuration
LISA window select item 3, Network Configuration.
In the Network Configuration window select
item 2, Configure Network Access. In that
LISA window select Configure Network Card.
LISA will then ask you if you have a Network
Card. Select YES and press the enter/return
key. Please note you can use the (tab) key
to navigate to and from the different selections.
The Network Interface window should appear.
LISA will then ask is "eth0" correct ?
If you have just one network card in the PC
this is correct. Indicate OK by pressing the
Enter key. This will bring up the IP address
window. Enter in the Tcp/Ip address which has
be chosen for your PC computer system.
In the example the value of 126.96.36.199
has been selected. Press the enter/return
key to load the new Tcp/Ip address.
Now comes the Network Mask Entry LISA
Window. In the example 255.255.255.0
was entered in. Press enter/return key
to load the values into Linux. Following
this the LISA Broadcast IP Window will appear.
Linux assigns the value of 188.8.131.52
for the example. You may have a different
value. Press the enter/return key to load.
Now all the Tcp/Ip information has been
entered into LISA Linux. Start pressing
the (Esc) escape key until you Exit the
LISA utility. This should bring you back
to the Linux root prompt. Press the enter
return key to generate a root prompt.
Now you need to test the Network to see
if everything is working. To do this the
ping command is used. In the example:
ping 184.108.40.206 was used to see if the
another computer could be reached.
That address referenced a VAX computer
in the example. This was done to see if
another computer could respond to pings
from the newly configured Linux computer
system. On the example PC it all worked.
At the "root" prompt command line enter in
the word ping followed by a space and the
address of another computer and press the
enter/return key. If things are working
you should see replies. After a dozen or
so pings, Please hold down the (Ctrl)
control key and at the same time tap the
letter "C". This will stop the ping
process. Congratulations you have just
successfully configured Linux to use your
DE-220p Network Interface Card.
Best of luck and have fun with you new
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