[nSLUG] Re 8139 NIC
jim.haliburton at ns.sympatico.ca
Tue Mar 11 20:17:37 AST 2003
dlandry had written about his NIC problem.
rtl8139 is a Realtek chip set. Also know as a Real Cheap chipset. Some
manufacturers are even cheaper and cut costs on the card so it does not
have all the 'features' the chipset supports.
New ones are less than $12.00 CDN
However, it is important what slot you use on a PC. You generally must
not use the PCI slot next to the AGP slot. So make sure the slot in use
is one other than that one. In the BIOS if you can explicitly set the IRQ
for a given slot be sure to set it for IRQ 10 say and assign to the slot
into which you are putting the card in question.
Be sure to tell the BIOS to reset or reassign the ESCD settings on start
up. To free up an IRQ disable the 2nd serial port if not needed and
assign the 2nd NIC to IRQ3 if you are having two NICs. Set this slot/IRQ
assignment in the BIOS as well.
You may have to remove all other cards except a video card and a NIC to
get it detected correctly and then let other cards such as a sound card
and a second NIC be found after the system is installed. In other words
get the system up and loaded and then add the option cards on 2nd or 3rd
boot. RedHat Kudzu should find the add-ins.
Also check if there is a motherboard BIOS update. If not reflash the
current version, if there is put it in.
Some cards such as the aon325 can have the card setting set by way of a
DOS app. I know the speed and duplex can be locked to fixed setting as
opposed to auto sense. This may need to be done with this card. If on a
cable modem set the card at 10 mbit half duplex. Some can even have the
IRQ set. Set for IRQ10 as a start and see if it is seen during install.
Best I can do for suggestions.
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