Loading the Driver

The easiest way to load your Ethernet driver in most cases is to build it directly into the kernel. When you do this, the kernel normally detects the hardware at boot time. You can check to see if this has happened by issuing the command dmesg | grep eth shortly after booting the computer. If your kernel has detected your hardware, you' ll see something like this in response:

eth0: Macronix 98715 PMAC rev 32 at 0xda00, 00:80:C6:F9:3B:BA, IRQ 9.

ethl: VIA VT3043 Rhine at 0xdc00, 00:80:c8:fa:3b:0a, IRQ 10.

ethl: MII PHY found at address 8, status 0x782d advertising 05e1 Link 0000.

In this example, two NICs are installed. One (eth0) uses a Macronix 98715 chipset (which is a Tulip clone chipset). The other (ethl) uses a VIA VT3043 Rhine chipset.

Chapter 17

Figure 17.12

The Ethernet (10 or 100Mbit) menu is organized somewhat haphazardly.

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