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Old 09-01-2003, 05:03 AM   #1
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Unhappy 3Com 3c509 ISA card & IPCop

I'm having difficulty with a 3Com Etherlink III card in my IPCop firewall (I'm trying to set up three interfaces and the old 120Mhz pentium I'm using only has two PCI slots). The card is recognised and ifconfig says it's UP etc, but I can't ping anything. "Destination Host Unreachable"

It is connected to a hub with one other machine (the intended mailserver) Static IPs & 2 respectively. The light on the hub doesn't even show up.

I've checked the irqs and ensured it has its own unique one.

When the machine starts up it talks about BNC so I've used the ethernet settings to set xcvr=4 for the 10BaseT connection - no difference.

Can anyone help?


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Old 09-01-2003, 01:36 PM   #2
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What disro are you using? Most of the newer ones don't support ISA bus. You could try to get one of those PCI cards that have two RJ45 ports on them.
Old 09-03-2003, 03:37 AM   #3
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Thanks for the welcome and the response.

I'm using IPCop v1.3 which is a stripped down firewall only distro. It seems to recognise the card and loads a driver for it but...

With no other ideas left, I'll see if I can find one of those cards with multiple ports However, the only one I can find so far is a hub and costs $300 - So it defeats the purpose of having multiple interfaces and I could get a replacement box with more PCI slots for that sort of money!

Old 09-16-2003, 02:31 AM   #4
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Hi !
I am a and i had the same problem. By reading some posts, i did deactivate the PnP on my Etherlink III and give another IRQ / Adress by using the following tool and it worked fine.
Hope it helps
Old 10-01-2003, 01:04 PM   #5
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How did you change the PnP option on your card? I don't see the option....



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