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Old 07-24-2003, 09:00 AM   #1
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Which NIC?

Guys, I recently got an old laptop (Dell Latitude XPi P133ST) from ebay.

Last week I managed to blow the hard drive up (lol oh well ).
I am going to get a new one soon (when I get some more money)

Anyway, I also want to get a network card for it, because the laptop does not have a cdrom drive.

I have done some research and I have narrowed my search down to two cards:

Netgear FA411
Netgear FA511

Which one should I go for? Both have support in Linux, I have checked this on the internet. I was just wondering whether one held an advantage over another or something.

Old 07-24-2003, 11:20 AM   #2
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Not really, you'll be hard pressed to find a vanilla 10/100 base-T chipset these days, even in pcmcia or cardbus land that isn't supported by Linux. The market of making a wired chipset got reduced to simple practice a long time ago. I think the FA411 is just another ne2k PCI chipset, which means pcnet_cs as the module, works for me in my card.



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