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Re: 3com pci-x nic not configuring

Quoting C Wakefield <c_wakefield@shaw.ca>:

upgrade your kernel first, support for your pci-x bridge and 3Com chipset is
then more likely.  Also make sure it's not disabled in the bios for some
reason.  If those conditions are satified, then it'll be a module or driver
issue most likely.

I checked a bit more in the logs and now noticed that my new 3com 3c996b-t did come up, but as eth4.
This is wierd to me.
So, I now have eth1,eth2,eth3 and eth4.
eth1 = onboard intel nic
eth2 = onboard intel nic
eth3 = 3com 905 nic  (old PCI slot)
eth4 = 3com 3c996b-t nic  (PCI-X slot)

eth0 shows up in the boot logs, but I can't seem to use it for any nic.

host:~# dmesg |grep eth0
e1000: eth0: e1000_probe: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
eth0: Tigon3 [partno(3C996B-T) rev 0105 PHY(5701)] (PCIX:100MHz:64-bit) 10/100/1000BaseT Ethernet 00:0a:5e:50:44:f5
eth0: RXcsums[1] LinkChgREG[0] MIirq[0] ASF[0] Split[0] WireSpeed[1] TSOcap[0]
eth0: dma_rwctrl[76db000f] dma_mask[64-bit]

Eth0 was previously a dlink card on a pci-e slot, I removed it and put a 3com into the pci-X slot. My /etc/network/interfaces file just has normal static stanzas like:

auto eth0
iface eth0 inet static
     address x.x.x.x
     network x.x.x.x
     broadcast x.x.x.x
     netmask x.x.x.x

and so on and so forth for eth1, eth2, eth3.
(eth3 has an extra "gateway" line)
I have thus edited eth0 into eth4 to make things work again.

I guess everything is okay, but its confusing why I've lost access to eth0.


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