Subject: Re: Network Interface Cards
To: None <email@example.com>
From: Steven M. Bellovin <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 09/29/2000 22:49:47
In message <39C7AFCD001D3EDE@mypad.MYPAD.COM> (added by postmaster@mypad.MYPAD.
COM), email@example.com writes:
>-- David Woyciesjes --
> DW> ISA - If you can find it, get your hands on a 3Com
> > 3C509B, download the config disks, and set all the
> > parameters by hand. Do not use Plug And Pray on those
> > cards...
>Agreed, I've seen PnP cause more problems than it solves.
>Thanks for the other recommendations too.
>-- Steve Bellovin --
> SB> One word of warning... There is (or at least was; I
> > haven't checked lately) a problem with the 3c905B
> > (maybe all models) and some BIOSes if you boot without
> > power-cycling after you've been running Mr. Bill's
> > operating system. It leaves the card in a funky state
> > so that NetBSD can't deal with it.
>I've got an easy fix for that - don't run Microsoft Windows.
>I would argue this was a problem with Windows rather than
>with the network card.
Well, no; the boot-time initialization should be able to cope with any
weird state left by reset/reboot.
As for not running Windows -- that's certainly my preference, but my
son sure likes having a games machine....