Re: IBM 19K5544 Intel Pro/100 Ethernet Adapter

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Tod Merley wrote, On 11/04/2008 03:47 PM:
On Sun, Nov 2, 2008 at 7:08 AM, Tod Thomas <[email protected]> wrote:
I have two of these (PCI) network cards, they seem pretty nice.  I'm not
sure where I got them but I was wondering if they should work with Fedora?
 I plugged one in but lspci doesn't see it and trying to find it in dmesg
failed.  Just trying to avoid going out and buying new cards for an old
machine I'm trying to get up and running.  I have a feeling they are IBM OEM
and won't work with Linux but thought I'd check before tossing them.

Thanks - Tod

Hi Tod!

I think the important thing here is that you do not see it with lspci,
which I believe implies a BIOS or Hardware problem.  If it were me I

1. Make sure you are root when running lspci.  Try lspci -v -v -x and
other variants.

2. Refresh the CMOS.  Go to CMOS setup during boot (watch the screen -
most likely it will tell you how) and select "factory defaults" or
"default settings" - save and exit.  Often in an old computer the CMOS
battery goes low and the CMOS settings go flakey.  By restoring
defaults during boot you write a clean set of settings while power is
held up by the computer being on.  If this clears the problem, replace
the battery. Sometimes it works to remove the CMOS battery and do the
above test.  See if lspci sees it now.

3. Try another PCI slot on your machine.

4. Confirm that the card works in another machine.

5. Obtain service manual for card and motherboard and look for an
issue related to PCI bus setup (run - update-pciids ? ).  Google is
our friend with this kind of thing.

Good Hunting!


Three other thing to consider...
What other cards/devices are in the box on the PCI bus?
How old a motherboard? (old enough to be a transitional ISA to PCI or first gen all PCI)?? I generally think of network cards as low power devices, but could it be that there is not enough power left in the power rails of the mobo (last PCI slot of the board)?
It has been a while, but with some older equipment I had to use I could have
one of the two (different types of) network cards in the computer and have
them assigned an interrupt, but putting the second card in would [depending on
the physical bus order and bios settings] cause the machine to not boot up or
only recognize one card was physically there.
as Tod implies, lspci is your friend... abuse that friendship :)

Todd Denniston
Crane Division, Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC Crane)
Harnessing the Power of Technology for the Warfighter

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