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Unidentified Flying NIC
johnagain Jan-02-02 11:29 PM
Pease help me identify my generic unlabeled Taiwanese NIC. Win98SE picks it up as "NE 2000 Compatible" but it can't find my DLink Router and DLink support says to get a new NIC driver.

Physical card info:
1. Metal slot end: RJ45 and coax ports plus red and white "yes Netware tested and approved" sticker
2. Back: Bar Code Serial Number 550120129 plus generic FCC compliance sticker, but no mfg ID.
3. Front: sticker with number 330137B on one of the chips; DELTA LANF7326 9517 filter; UMC chips;
ISSI RAM chips. No mfg ID.

Is sthere a way to ID NIC's via software, eg MAC address? If so how?
thanks jb


1. RE: Unidentified Flying NIC
mjbearit Jan-03-02 00:15 AM
In response to message 0
You can identify the manufacturer by the FCC number. If you look at the FCC sticker it will say FCC ID followed by a number (alpha-numeric)write this number down and go to the following site:
http://www.fcc.gov/oet/fccid/
type in the first three numbers in the first box and the rest of the numbers in the second box and it will seearch the FCC database and come up with the manufacturer that is licensed to put out that product in this country. Of course the next problem is finding their website and getting drivers (the site may be in a non-english language!). You know you can get a new NIC for under $20.00 though, it might be easier to just get a new NIC!

2. RE: Unidentified Flying NIC
lbyard Jan-03-02 00:52 AM
In response to message 0
The problem with Win 9X is that often it insists on assigning IRQ 3 to a Novell- compatible adapter when the adapter is actually set for another IRQ. The fix is to determine what the real IRQ is and change it in Control Panel, System, Device Manager. I would check on that possibility first. TCP/IP should be set to get itís IP address from the router automatically. What does Start, Run, enter winipcfg tell you when you try to release and renew the IP lease? Start, Programs, Accessories, System Tools, system Information may provide useful info. The first three hexadecimal numbers in the MAC address xx-xx-xx ID the manufacturer per RFC 1700 (http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc1700.txt) (the last three comprise a manufacturer unique serial number and is assigned by the manufacturer). Larry

3. RE: Unidentified Flying NIC
mjbearit Jan-03-02 05:56 PM
In response to message 2
Ibyard, I found the site you were pointing to to ID the MFG by MAC to be a bit hard to read for simple look-up purposes. I found one that is pretty straight forward:
http://www.synapse.de/ban/HTML/P_LAYER2/Eng/P_lay207.html
Might wanna give it the old once-over.

4. RE: Unidentified Flying NIC
lbyard Jan-03-02 06:57 PM
In response to message 3
Thanks. I added it to my favorites. Larry

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