[vortex-bug] AUI connector with 3C905B-Combo, a workaround

Bogdan Costescu Bogdan.Costescu@IWR.Uni-Heidelberg.De
Wed, 9 Aug 2000 19:31:31 +0200 (CEST)

On 9 Aug 2000, Moritz Franosch wrote:

> This is how to get the AUI connector to work with the 3Com
> 3C905B-Combo EtherLink 10/100 PCI NIC.
> Does the AUI connector work for anyone simply with 'modprobe 3c59x
> options=1' (I get no answer to ping)?
> Insert the module and select the 10baseT interface (!).
> modprobe 3c59x options=0 
> Load the driver again, this time with the right option
> insmod 3c59x options=1

Do you mean that simply modprobe 3c59x options=1 does not work the first
time and you have to pass first options=0 and then options=1 to make it
work ?

Anyway, the driver expects this card to work using the autonegotiation/MII
interface. As the docs that I have do not mention this card, I have no
ideea about the hardware configuration and if the autonegotiation part
should automatically switch to the AUI port (I guess not!).
In this case, IMHO you have 2 options:
- pass options=1 every time the driver is started
- use the DOS utility or vortex-diag to modify the default media (the
media that will be selected at boot) to AUI; then the driver will use it.


Bogdan Costescu

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