This fact has caused me much pain for last 3 days. i only eventually found the right magic incantations after forcing the kernel to use the eepro100 module instead of the e100 module. it then gave more useful error messages which lead me to the right answer after suitable google-fu.
and this is why i hate linux. give me back solaris and sun hardware dammit.
16:53 <@bob> hardware-- # sucky
16:53 <@bob> software-- # sucky
16:53 <@adam> computers-- # sucky squared
says it al really