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Re: [parisc-linux] NIC & "searching for devices"

Hello Max,

Max Grabert wrote:
On Tue, 22 Feb 2005 10:34:46 +0100, Joel Soete <soete.joel@tiscali.be> wrote:


Yes but I encountered weird difficulties (even on a i386 box) to configure a brother model 3C905B as needed:
see this old thread <http://lists.parisc-linux.org/pipermail/parisc-linux/2003-November/021619.html>

kargellan:/home/xam# lspci
0000:00:0d.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C TX/TX-M
[Tornado] (rev 78)
0000:00:0e.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905B 100BaseTX
[Cyclone] (rev 30)
mine was far older as far I could judge it was only a (rev 24)?

0000:00:0f.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905C-TX/TX-M
[Tornado] (rev 78)

As you can see this is a ix86 machine with three 3com NICs
in it; It is running stable for almost 2 years now.
Right but atm I was still running 2.4 (I only start 2.6 later in late May 2004).
Event thought there was already some patch available for 2.4, I was a bit lazy and prefer to replace nic by another :-(
(my bad, I don't remember where did I save it to make new test, grrr)

Right now it is
running 2.6.11-rc4. BTW, all three network cards share one
interrupt (IRQ 11), which is also used by the USB port.

And there is also my ix86 laptop that is using a 'vortex' network
card, also running fine for almost 3 years now with many different linux kernel.

I'd rather say either your network card is broken/of poor quality
mmm I would like to find back (just for the fun)

or there are some compatibility issues with your ix86  motherboard.
or should just required a fw upgrade (if possible) or use more recent driver of 2.6?

Anyway, this is going way off-topic ...

Obviously, but the most anoying is that I lake of time right now (in prod we have to resurect a proj frozen during last three years and so required a lot of work to update: middle ware first, then os update and finlay hw and its corresponding os (hpux-11.11 in fact for new rp3xxx to replace oldtimer as D and K class :-) ).

In my experience 3Com often produced okay-nice cards, but
sometimes they managed to release utter crap as well.
mmm I didn't suspect hw but may be fw or driver?

IMHO there are better alternatives available (Intel/DEC), where I don't have to take any risks.

Cool advise ;-)


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