onboard NICs to stay away from?
hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Tue Aug 6 20:28:20 PDT 2002
> Especially crippled on-board LAN interfaces (i.e. the drivers don't work,
> it's badly implemented, no possibility for booting over LAN, etc.)
RTL 8193's might qualify for that, though they're not really crippled,
just less featureful/efficient than others. I have no idea whether the
RTL (9xxx?) I see bundled on some boards is similar. I seem to recall
that the SiS NIC is at least usefully busmastering. I can't tell whether
the nic in nforce boards is close enough to a supported NIC or not...
afaik, the 3com and Intel NICs found on other boards are uncrippled.
> Chipsets that are just so oriented towards consumer apps that they choke
> the memory, or require some exotic (expensive) configuration, or have weird
> video card interactions,
wow, never even heard of such a thing. choke memory? the only video
card interactions I've heard of are broken video cards that don't
play nice with the bus...
> or are totally undocumented in the "open literature"
haven't they all caved to the onslaught of the penguin army?
regards, mark hahn.
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