sandPoint 8240 booting: Not reconginzing ethernet card

Matt Porter mporter at
Sun Jul 1 05:41:04 EST 2001

On Sat, Jun 30, 2001 at 03:33:20PM -0700, Ravindranath wrote:
> Hi,
> I am having problems with ppc linux booting on my
> sandpoint 8240..
> I have built the kernel with the ethernet driver(3COM
> Fast ethernet)..For this I changed config file and
> turn on the ethernet driver in the config file. The
> target still doesn't boot..
> I have attached the boot log. The significant error
> seems to be "No network devices available".

Look before that message.

> Some more questions:
> 1. I have setup the dhcp server my host m/c(redhat6.2)
> with the instructions form Mvista cdk1.2 docs.Also the
> instructions ask for setting fixed ip address for the
> target in /etc/dhcpd.conf file. Since I have set up
> the dhcp server, I am not sure what should be the
> fixed-address in the /etc/dhcpd.conf file.

It's arbitrary.  This is where you get to exercise those creative
juices and assign an IP address and name to the target.

> 2. Also do we need to pass the ip address as part of
> the boot arguments..If so how??

Not if you set up the dhcpd.conf properly.  RTFM the HHL 1.2 docs and/or
"man dhcpd.conf".  There's several excellent examples in the man page
itself.  People are writing the documentation in the hope that you'll
read it so do them a favor.


> 3Com Corporation 3c905 100BaseTX [Boomerang] bus 0 dev
> 15
>         BAR 0, I/O, size=0x40, address=0xafe380
>         IRQ 18

Yep, Boomerangs use the 3c59x driver.


> 0 3c515 cards found.

Couldn't find a 3c515 since you have 3c59x card.

Configure the '3c590/3c900 series (592/595/597) "Vortex/Boomerang" support'
options and try again.

Matt Porter
MontaVista Software, Inc.
mporter at

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