Subject: problems with built-in 3c905b on Dell Precision 410
To: None <firstname.lastname@example.org>
From: Steve Bellovin <email@example.com>
Date: 09/10/2001 16:05:57
I'm trying to install NetBSD-current on a Dell Precision 410. This
machine had been running BSD/OS, so I know that the network hardware
works. When I boot the machine (using the 1.5X install floppies), the
appropriate green lights are on for the Ethernet cable. ifconfig shows
that all is normal; it even says that the interface is autoselected
to 100M bps, full duplex, status active.
However, if I try to set an address, the light goes off and ifconfig
tells me that no carrier is detected.
If I plug the same Ethernet cable into my laptop (with an fxp0
interface), it works just fine, at 100M bpx, full duplex.
The machine does have plug-and-pray; there does not appear to be any
way to disable that in the BIOS. The choices for the Ethernet card are
on, off, and on (no pxe).
--Steve Bellovin, http://www.research.att.com/~smb