Installing an other 3com nic on the P4P800 mb does'nt work

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I've got a P4P800 mb.
I disabled the on-board 3com nic and installed a 3c905b-tx nic.
Win XP PROF installed the drivers and everything looked oke.
After I configured the rest of the network stuff I tried to go on the Internet without success. I pinged 192.168.1.1 in the dos-box to my router (E-TECH) and the responce was very poor. Some packets where send but I had an overall packets loss of 55-70%. I checked everyting possible and in the configuration there were no faults as I used the same as before. Once I uninstalled the nic and the drivers and enabled the on-board nic everything was back to normal. I have no cloe what is going on as far as the hardware is concerned. I noticed that Windows XP keeps the keys of the uninstalled nic in the registry and you can't delete them. So there you go: Microsoft at its best.

Has anybody a answer to my problem? The reason for using an other nic is because I running Mandrake Linux as well .

Cheers,

Marcel :(
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Maybe try moving to another pci slot.
That nic is used? It's probably pretty old and may just be bad.

I've thrown a few of that same model out.
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Other than the suggestions from bigcheeez: I've had bad cabling give me high packet loss before (not sure if you used the same cable each time?). Can also try removing & reinstalling TCP/IP?

You can sometimes remove stuff properly in safe mode.

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DuckIT wrote:
Other than the suggestions from bigcheeez: I've had bad cabling give me high packet loss before (not sure if you used the same cable each time?). Can also try removing & reinstalling TCP/IP?

You can sometimes remove stuff properly in safe mode.

S



You are right about the cable. Although the cable works oke with the onboard lan-nic I could not think on anything else but the cable. I bought a new cable and the problem was solved. It remains a mystery why it worked for such a long period of time . Anyway thanks for your reply as it pointed in the correct direction.

Cheers :lol:
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Anytime :D
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why would u disable the onboard Gigabyte lan and put in a 10/100 pci card ?
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ThATKiD' wrote:
why would u disable the onboard Gigabyte lan and put in a 10/100 pci card ?




1. Because the onboard Gigabyte lan is not supported by MANDRAKE-LINUX.

2. There are no up to date drivers for the linux platform available by 3com or ASUS .

3. There are a few workarounds via sk98lin drivers to make it work but it is to much of a hastle to go trough that procedure.

It took me far less time to by a relative cheap 3ccom nic which was supported by the OS then fiddling about with OS-system files.

If you have any idea how I can setup the system with the onboard lan without to much hastle I would like to hear from you.


cheers :cry:

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