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Old 07-18-2001
Hardware compatability

One thing I am learning is that it is hard to find hardware that is compatiple with unix (correct me if I am wrong).

I have now installed Corel's version of Linux.

How do you know when a piece of hardware (e.g. network card) is or is not working in Unix.

I go to the Control centre and see all the hardware listed.

I have been popping in various types of network cards in the hopes that it will help get me network going.
(I am using internet connection sharing thru a hub from a win2000 machine across my home network)

As I said I see all the hardware listed, but how do you tell if it is working.

For example.
Under Network adapter is says this:

Description: Realtek 8129 PCI network
Manufacturer: Realtek Semiconductor Co. ltd.
Device: Unknown
Driver: ne2k-pci.o (as a pop up menu)

PCI information
Vendor ID: 0x10EC
Card ID: 0x8029
Slot number: 10
PCI info: 0x10EC, 0x8029, 10

Does all this mean its working?

Another thing:
Is it possible to add new drivers made by manufacturers?

And one more thing.
If Corel says that they support the 3C905 card- Does this mean that is will work for the 3C905B-TX and the 3C905C-TMX cards?

This unix thing is really wild, Its so nice to put windows in the background. I feel like I am five with a new toy!

Thanks to all who read and/or help

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Old 07-19-2001
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