|Posted on Saturday, April 8, 2000 - 5:24 pm: |
I can't seem to get this motherboard to work correctly with a 3Com Fast Etherlink PCI 10/100 TX card.
When installed, and the drivers loaded, the activity light on the card and the hub just constantly flashes.
I tried the card in another machine which also uses the VIA MVP3 chipset, using the same drivers and the same operating system (Win98se) and it worked file. I tried another identical network card in this machine and get the same problem, also tried different Cat5 cables and different ports on the hub. Both machines are almost identical with AMD K6-2 350MHz and 128Mb PC-100 SDRAM, all the latest drivers and BIOS's.
I've removed all other cards from the machine except the video card (Quantum 3D Raven Voodoo Banshee AGP, 16Mb) but the problem remains. I've tried different slots, and forcing different IRQs with no luck.
I've been using a RealTek based PCI 10Mbit network card in this machine for about 2 years without a problem but finally wanted to get around to upgrading to 100MBit. I think I've tried just about everything possible to get this going, but if anyone has any other ideas I'm open to suggestions. I guess I'm probably going to have to call Tyan on Monday. Until then I'll go back to the 10MBit card.
|Posted on Wednesday, April 12, 2000 - 2:08 am: |
What results do you get with the NIC diags? Do you have the most up to date BIOS version for your motherboard? 3Com has pretty good return on support inquiries. Always worth a quick email
|Posted on Thursday, April 13, 2000 - 9:22 am: |
This particular card does not have 3com drivers for Win 98 available on their site, I am using the ones on the Win98 CD for this model, so no diagnostics.
Oddly enough, I've noticed the other machine with the identical card seems to disappear from the hub on occasions. If I unplug it from the hub and then plug it back in it will usually come back, though sometimes I have to use a completely different port on the hub, weird! It is a SohoWare 5-port 10/100 autosensing hub.
When I was playing around with the nic in this machine (the one with the problem), even though the data light was constantly flashing, I could still see other computers and shared drives on the network, but if I tried to work with any files Windows would just timeout then say the drive was no longer available. So obviously some things were getting through, but I guess the constant stream of ghost data was causing problems.
I haven't had a chance to call Tyan yet, will try to get that done today. Then I'll give 3com a call.
The other machine is also having wingate problems.... I uninstalled WinGate and now it won't install again, it crashes when it tries to query the network for the server as part of the installation.
|Posted on Friday, April 14, 2000 - 9:21 pm: |