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[SLUG] About those RTL8139 network cards... :P
- To: Dave Fitch <David_Fitch@xxxxxxxxx>
- Subject: [SLUG] About those RTL8139 network cards... :P
- From: Ian Tester <imroy@xxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Fri Feb 16 15:56:01 2001
- Cc: SLUG Mailing list <slug@xxxxxxxxxxx>
On Thu, 15 Feb 2001, I wrote:
> All I get are timeout errors with both the D-link and another
> (cheaper) RTL8139 card. And with both 2.2.16 (or whatever Debian Potato
> r0 comes with) and 2.4.0. Has anyone had any luck with these cards?
This discussion got me to take another look at the card(s). I downloaded
Donald Becker's tools, in Debian unstable/sid as nictools-nonpci and
It seemed it was a stupid IRQ problem. I guess PCI isn't totally idiot
proof. See, ages ago I had disabled the printer port on this motherboard
when I was satisfied with my printer working over USB. I had also set
IRQ 7 as "PnP/PCI" in the BIOS PnP setup screen. It happened that both the
RTL8139 cards were getting assigned IRQ 7 (and probably another network
card now that I think about it...).
So last night I enabled the printer port and set IRQ 7 back to "Legacy" in
the BIOS. Bingo. The card worked OK then.
So...um...I guess I have to take back any ill-will I attributed to RealTek
and 8139-based network cards. Sorry, my bad :P
> I thought my newly-acquired network gear was broken until I brought the
> SparcStation LX home and it worked straight away - My trusty 2 year-old
> Tulip was the only other working card I had!
Yeah, and now I have to figure out how to get the Tulip card to talk 100Mb
to my 10/100 ethernet switch. The D-link card does it OK, although I
couldn't force it to do 10Mb.
Ian Tester *8)# \7\ LINUX: because geeks will find a way
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