I have a 3com Etherlink III card 3C509B-COMBO that didn't configure when I
booted my system. I am just learning UNIX and am not sure how to get it to
configure. What should I do? looking at the documentation I see that the
3com network adaptors are supported with drivers for FreeBSD but I wonder
what my problem might be. Could it be IRQ? What?
make sure that teh card is NOT configured for plug-n-pray.
use the configuration utility from 3com to find out the i/o address
and the irq. make sure that no other device in the computer is using
those settings. reboot the comuter. at the boot> prompt type "-c".
the computer will start to boot then stop. at the config> prompt
type "visual". examine the settings for the ep0 device (under
network controller (sp?)). if the settings are different from
the settings that the configuration utility from 3com reported,
change them to match the settings as reported by 3com.
exit the "visual" program. the computer will boot and should find your
3c509. if you are using the UTP connector and FreeBSD 2.1.0R,
you will need to edit /etc/sysconfig, adding "-link2"
here is what i use: