NIC Driver

James McNeill james at
Fri Sep 27 09:46:30 EST 2002

the 'makefile' is a script for compiling the c programs. If you ever 
come accross code that has a 'makefile' in the directory, all you need 
do is type 'make' (in that directory). This will usually manage to 
compile the code automatically. Sometimes there is another script that 
is bundled in the .tar file called 'configure'. Run this first.
Also try typing 'make all' and 'make install'. once compiled the driver 
will be a .o file. to run this driver, type 'insmod ./3c90x.o' or 
something to that effect.

Most linux distros come stock with support for 3com cards. With any 
luck, you will already have a driver for your card in 

Kenneth Illingsworth wrote:

>I just installed Caldera OpenLinux v2.3 on a Dell Optiplex GX110, 128 MB RAM, and 8GB HD. It also sports a 3com 905C NIC for which I download the unsupported 3c90x-1.0.0j.3-12-01.tar driver file and transferred it via diskette to a downloads directory. Linux can read the file and shows four files. Two are c-language programs labeled 309x.c and 390x.h, and the third is a makefile file and the last is a nicext file which is also a c-language program. I am having trouble figuring out how to install this driver. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
>Ken Illingsworth

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