After patching & recompiling the kernel/modules the system cannot find the
3com NIC (3c509). The init_module() tells, that such a card cannot be found.
I played a little bit with several parameters (irq, xcvr), but it didn't
help. The driver refuses simple to reconize the card.
It goes without saying that former versions did reconize the card.
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