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  1. Strange Reboot issue w/new nics

    A serious thank you to anyone who can help me solve this issue.

    A 16bit legacy SMC NIC sat in my P850. Worked fine. However, it was only a
    10mbs card, and I got a really big pipe to plug into - so - I bought a new
    10/100 PCI nic, and plugged it in. It seemed to work just fine, but then it
    caused the computer to reboot (and again and again - randomly). Sometimes
    after an hour, others after several hours. So, I bought a different brand -
    new 10/100 PCI nic. SAME THING happed. Both new PCI nics are running on
    IRQ 11 and - I can't change it.. I'd love to - but - it's not changeable in
    any method that I'm aware... They are PNP - and - windows won't let me
    change the settings (option grayed out).

    I'm assuming the IRQ is conflicting with something, even though windows
    tells me it's not. However, it may be something I'm not thinking of. Any
    ideas from anyone ??

    (the 16bit card is back in....)

    Thanks VERY much
    Shannon
    www.fidotel.com (unless it's rebooting)....

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  2. Re: Strange Reboot issue w/new nics

    ~DudeMaster wrote:

    > A serious thank you to anyone who can help me solve this issue.
    >
    > A 16bit legacy SMC NIC sat in my P850. Worked fine. However, it was only a
    > 10mbs card, and I got a really big pipe to plug into - so - I bought a new
    > 10/100 PCI nic, and plugged it in. It seemed to work just fine, but then it
    > caused the computer to reboot (and again and again - randomly). Sometimes
    > after an hour, others after several hours. So, I bought a different brand -
    > new 10/100 PCI nic. SAME THING happed. Both new PCI nics are running on
    > IRQ 11 and - I can't change it.. I'd love to - but - it's not changeable in
    > any method that I'm aware... They are PNP - and - windows won't let me
    > change the settings (option grayed out).
    >
    > I'm assuming the IRQ is conflicting with something, even though windows
    > tells me it's not. However, it may be something I'm not thinking of. Any
    > ideas from anyone ??
    >
    > (the 16bit card is back in....)
    >
    > Thanks VERY much
    > Shannon
    > www.fidotel.com (unless it's rebooting)....
    >


    That sounds like a motherboard/BIOS problem to me.


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    Charlie


  3. Re: Strange Reboot issue w/new nics

    >
    > That sounds like a motherboard/BIOS problem to me.
    >


    I thought of that - and I haven't discarded that issue - but with the 16bit
    card back in the machine, it hasn't rebooted again... Assuming you are
    correct, how should I troublshoot something like that?

    Sincere kudos,
    Shannon

    --
    FidoTel Online BBS
    Virginia Beach, VA
    http://www.fidotel.com
    ftp://ftp.fidotel.com (mailer port 22)
    Bink.fidotel.com
    Telnet://telnet.fidotel.com
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    "CJT" wrote in message
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    > ~DudeMaster wrote:
    >
    > > A serious thank you to anyone who can help me solve this issue.
    > >
    > > A 16bit legacy SMC NIC sat in my P850. Worked fine. However, it was

    only a
    > > 10mbs card, and I got a really big pipe to plug into - so - I bought a

    new
    > > 10/100 PCI nic, and plugged it in. It seemed to work just fine, but then

    it
    > > caused the computer to reboot (and again and again - randomly).

    Sometimes
    > > after an hour, others after several hours. So, I bought a different

    brand -
    > > new 10/100 PCI nic. SAME THING happed. Both new PCI nics are running

    on
    > > IRQ 11 and - I can't change it.. I'd love to - but - it's not changeable

    in
    > > any method that I'm aware... They are PNP - and - windows won't let me
    > > change the settings (option grayed out).
    > >
    > > I'm assuming the IRQ is conflicting with something, even though windows
    > > tells me it's not. However, it may be something I'm not thinking of.

    Any
    > > ideas from anyone ??
    > >
    > > (the 16bit card is back in....)
    > >
    > > Thanks VERY much
    > > Shannon
    > > www.fidotel.com (unless it's rebooting)....
    > >

    >
    > --
    > After being targeted with gigabytes of trash by the
    > "SWEN" worm, I have concluded we must conceal our
    > e-mail address. Our true address is the mirror image
    > of what you see before the "@" symbol. It's a shame
    > such steps are necessary.
    >
    > Charlie
    >




  4. Re: Strange Reboot issue w/new nics

    ~DudeMaster wrote:

    >>That sounds like a motherboard/BIOS problem to me.
    >>

    >
    >
    > I thought of that - and I haven't discarded that issue - but with the 16bit
    > card back in the machine, it hasn't rebooted again... Assuming you are
    > correct, how should I troublshoot something like that?
    >
    > Sincere kudos,
    > Shannon
    >


    It's not easy. Steps one might consider:

    Moving the card to a different slot. Many motherboards don't treat all
    their slots the same, especially with respect to interrupts and bus
    mastering capabilities, and often that is poorly documented at best.

    Checking that the version of BIOS in use is appropriate.

    Running the machine "bare" for a while, with all optional cards other
    than the NIC removed, to see whether there's an interaction (probably
    via shared interrupts, but also possibly electrical).

    Carefully checking BIOS setup choices, and selection of a "failsafe"
    option if one exists. It's possible the higher speeds are stressing
    a bus or memory that was coasting before.

    .... just some thoughts.

    --
    After being targeted with gigabytes of trash by the
    "SWEN" worm, I have concluded we must conceal our
    e-mail address. Our true address is the mirror image
    of what you see before the "@" symbol. It's a shame
    such steps are necessary.

    Charlie



  5. Re: Strange Reboot issue w/new nics

    Update your BIOS, it worked for me once.


    "~DudeMaster" wrote in message
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    > A serious thank you to anyone who can help me solve this issue.
    >
    > A 16bit legacy SMC NIC sat in my P850. Worked fine. However, it was only

    a
    > 10mbs card, and I got a really big pipe to plug into - so - I bought a

    new
    > 10/100 PCI nic, and plugged it in. It seemed to work just fine, but then

    it
    > caused the computer to reboot (and again and again - randomly). Sometimes
    > after an hour, others after several hours. So, I bought a different

    brand -
    > new 10/100 PCI nic. SAME THING happed. Both new PCI nics are running on
    > IRQ 11 and - I can't change it.. I'd love to - but - it's not changeable

    in
    > any method that I'm aware... They are PNP - and - windows won't let me
    > change the settings (option grayed out).
    >
    > I'm assuming the IRQ is conflicting with something, even though windows
    > tells me it's not. However, it may be something I'm not thinking of. Any
    > ideas from anyone ??
    >
    > (the 16bit card is back in....)
    >
    > Thanks VERY much
    > Shannon
    > www.fidotel.com (unless it's rebooting)....
    >
    > --
    > FidoTel Online BBS
    > Virginia Beach, VA
    > http://www.fidotel.com
    > ftp://ftp.fidotel.com (mailer port 22)
    > Bink.fidotel.com
    > Telnet://telnet.fidotel.com
    > Front End Mailer over IP: fidotel.com [24]
    >
    >




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