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Re: sis900 network cards



On Mon, Mar 19, 2001 at 02:11:11PM -0500, Allen Ahoffman wrote:
> are sis900 ethernet cards supported?

Yes. Since kernel version 2.2.x...

> odd bios setting:
> settings for mac address are in the bios for the sis900 card.
> Haven't seen this setting before.

Most cards can be set to a given MAC address. In many cases, you can
even use ifconfig:

[root@min:/root] #> ifconfig eth0
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:50:DA:43:C8:A8
          inet addr:192.168.100.42  Bcast:192.168.100.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:5788373 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:3514477 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          Interrupt:12 Base address:0xa800

[root@min:/root] #> ifconfig eth0 down
[root@min:/root] #> ifconfig eth0 hw ether ba:de:20:af:fe:20
[root@min:/root] #> ifconfig eth0 up
[root@min:/root] #> ifconfig eth0
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr BA:DE:20:AF:FE:20
          inet addr:192.168.100.42  Bcast:192.168.100.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:5788374 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:3514477 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
          Interrupt:12 Base address:0xa800

Some network architectures are even based on the card's capability to
change the MAC address (AFAIK DECnet uses this...).

MfG, JBG

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