Subject: Re: Setting the default port on ethernet cards
To: Eric Varsanyi <>
From: Chris G. Demetriou <>
List: tech-net
Date: 04/23/1997 15:29:28
> Are there any cards other than the 3c59x's that set up their ASIC
> based on EEPROM contents at powerup time? I would argue that in
> most other cases you can simply leave the interface alone until it
> is ifconfiged up in netstart and let the 'defaults' be set from
> there.

I'm pretty sure that the SMC/WD ISA boards (at least some models) do
as well.

You _can_ simly leave the interface alone and let ifconfig do the
right thing, but that doesn't necessarily help for:

	(1) netbooting,

	(2) the case where you want to reboot into DOS, and have the
	    card/packet driver use the right port automatically.