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From: sseekamp@...
Subject: Network cards
Date: Thu, 18 Sep 2003 15:00:27 +0000
It came down to plain old bad hardware - I tested out a few other cards in the
alpha and they all showed up in SRM as Ethernet cards. I returned the D-Link
that was not working and got another one - now I am up and working!

I still would like to have the DEC cards working in case I want to experiment
with net booting. The errors I get are ierrs in Freebsd and receive errors in
linux (sometimes other strange errors as well). I am guessing it is just old
hardware unless you have a suggestion.

Thanks for the info!


sseekamp@... wrote:        [Tue Sep 16 2003, 10:56:19AM EDT]
> Does anyone have an idea of what might be wrong with my Alphaserver 4000?
> I pulled the original DEC network cards (2 of them) due to errors

What kinds of errors?

> and
> bought 2 new D-Link cards that were on the approved Alpha list. 

What chips are on the cards?  There are very few Ethernet chips that the
SRM console supports.  For the most part, the list is tulip (2104x,
2114x); Intel EtherExpress Pro (82557, 82558, 82559); and Broadcom 5703-
and 5704-based Gigabit Ethernet adapters.  Furthermore, most of the time
you need a Digital/Compaq/hp branded adapter for the PCI ids to be
recognized by SRM.

> I know that I can't boot from them but I don't need to so it's not a
> problem.  The issue I am having is that SRM only recognizes one of the
> cards. It doesn't matter what slots I put them in, it only sees one
> card at a time. I tried other cards just to be sure. Is there
> something that I am missing in the SRM console that needs to be set?

Sounds like a strange problem to me.  How are the adapters showing up
when you do "show dev"?  How about "show config"?


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