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 Netgear FA310 and Micronics W6Li
I recently acquired a dual PPro system with a Micronics
W6Li motherboard. I installed Slackware 4.0, rebuilt the kernel
for SMP support, and it works very well, thank you.

My other system has two Netgear FA310tx NICs with the Digital
chip, and has no problems. I went shopping for a decent card
for the new system, and picked up one of the new FA310tx's
with the clone chip (in spite of the problems I'd had trying
to use them before). I rebuilt the kernel with tulip support.

When I first booted I got an error message from the BIOS (long
before Linux booted, before the SCSI BIOS initialized), to the
effect of (and this is from memory)
  Resource Conflict - NIC Interface detected in PCI slot != 0

and the card wouldn't work. The driver finds it, but it just
doesn't work. I moved the card to slot 0 and everything works

Now, I could say OK, I have a workaround, but I need =2= NICS
in this machine.

So, is this some new restriction with this NIC, or is there
some bizarre restriction in the BIOS for this motherboard?


 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT   
 Netgear FA310 and Micronics W6Li
In comp.os.linux.networking John Meissen <> wrote:

The first thing you need to do is go download the latest tulip.c source
from Donald Becker's web site and compile that into your kernel.  It's
definitely not a problem with the new chips because I have two of the
NICs with the clone chips running in several machines and they are
working great.  In one machine (which happened to be one of my tests on
the Linux Router Project), the cards wouldn't work properly without the
newest driver, which supposedly has better support for the Netgear clones.

I sure wish that we could still get the good solid DEC chips :)

Bill Pitz                                             bill at
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 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT   
 Netgear FA310 and Micronics W6Li
In article <>, Bill Pitz  <> wrote:

I plan on trying that, but I don't expect much success. As I said,
it works fine in slot 0. The point is, the message is coming from
a BIOS level activity, long before the system is booted. I've
never heard of this with the Netgear card before, and I managed
to talk to a support person at Micronics->Orchid->Diamond who
could find no references to anything even remotely similar.

I tried to find something, anything, in the CMOS settings that
might be related, but without success.

<sigh> My two cards with the Digital chips certainly don't
care. I guess I'm going to have to start dismantling systems
and swapping parts.

You and me, both!


 Tue, 05 Feb 2002 03:00:00 GMT   
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