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DHCP, Dedicated Server, & Networking for Red Hat 9.0

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I am interested in running a dedicated Linux Server which will be connected to my wireless router (via network cable) and the router will be connected to a cable modem.

I just bought a pre-built computer from:



CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2000+
Motherboard: ASUS A7V8X-X with built-in Realtek 10/100 Mbps Ethernet PHY NIC card (eth1)
Video: GeForce2 MX 64 MB
NIC: 3Com 3c509 Ethernet Card (eth0)
Hard Drive: 80 GB 7200 RPM ATA-100
Case: Lian-Li PC-5

I installed Red Hat 9.0 on it...

I use a Netgear Wireless Router that is connected to a Cable Modem. I connect to the same wireless router on another box running WinXP (also via network cable). I use the same keyboard, mouse, and monitor using a KVM (USB). Everything seems to work fine except that I can't seem to connect to the Internet. When I attempted to setup eth1 with DHCP (being it enabled), I get this error message at startup:

3c509 device does not seem to be present, delaying eth0 initialization" (same for eth1).

What I want to do is run a dedicated server for CVS, Apache, and JBoss... Although, I don't ask how to set up JBoss or Apache (I already know how to do this), I want to install be able to use my WinXP box (running CYGWIN) and ssh into my Linux box (which is connected to my wireless router). Despite the fact that I use a wireless router, I am using network cables to connect to this router (for both PCs). When I used to have a dual boot system, I was able to set up Red Hat 9.0 really easy and was able to get on the Internet with no problem.

My Red Hat distro doesn't seem to be picking up the particular eth cards so I can I fix this? How can I download / install 3Com NIC drivers onto Linux if it is not even connected to the Internet?

Many, many thanks!

Unnsse M. Khan
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I don't remember the exact module you need to load for 3Com card. If you can recompile your kernel, make sure you enable them.
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