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linksys lne100tx fails diag
fw Sep-10-00 06:37 AM
I'm setting up a home network with 3 computers,
all using Linksys fast ether link 10/100 cards,
the linksys 5 port hub, and Win 98 SE. and 128 meg of ram. I hav'ent started setting up the modem shairing yet. (I want two of the computers to shair an internet connection). My problem is one of the linksys cards fails diag, it hangs at the I/O test, and I have to reset to get away from it.
That card is in a Asus P5a-b running an Amd
k6 2-450. I have it in PCI slot 1. also the diags show it as having a ether link address of FF FF FF FF FF FF. The 3 computers all work togather on my small network and I can load and save files between systems, also the printer shairing is OK. I don't know of a way to test speed, so I copyed a 12 meg file from 1 to the other, it took about 3 seconds, I also used windows media player on one system to play a movie file (about 5 minutes of video) on another systems c: drive and it showed very little slow down in playing. Is this a valid speed test, I have no other way to tell, (that I know of)

However the Asus P5a-B takes longer to boot since putting that etherlink card in. and in dos mode getting ready to run the diag from Linksys it takes longer to respond, and the FFFFFFFFFFFF address I don't have a clue about. I e-mailed
Linksys 4 times with no responce. I hope some one here cam help me, or point me in the right direction, I don't want to add the modem until; I get this resolved.

Thanks in advance


1. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
lbyard Sep-10-00 10:09 AM
In response to message 0
Move it to another PCI slot. Your AGP video card may be interferring with it. Larry

2. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
fw Sep-10-00 07:43 PM
In response to message 1
Hi Larry;
Thanks for the reply, I tried the card in all 3 slots, with the same results.


3. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
lbyard Sep-10-00 09:50 PM
In response to message 2
Let's find out if it's the card or computer, OK? Try one of the other NICs in the Asus box. The probabilty of a NIC having a MAC address of FF FF FF FF FF FF is essentially zero. Larry

4. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
fw Sep-11-00 02:45 AM
In response to message 3
I tried one of the other cards like you suggested
and the Asus gave me the same results, the card I moved FROM the Asus passed the diags in the system I moved it to. Could it have something to do with bus-mastering. the Linksys manual says it must be in a B/M slot, there's a WOL connector right next to slot 1 PCI connector on the Asus.

5. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
Ra Byn Sep-11-00 03:03 AM
In response to message 4
Just so everyone know, I called Linksys the other day & waited for almost an hour on hold. I was on speaker phone doing other things so it wasn't just wasted time. Finally someone answered only to ask me for a number where they could call me back. I gave it too them & after 3 more hours of waiting, went home. I'd been at a customers house trying to set up their DSL system. To make a long story short, I had to call back again & wait. This time for about 20 minutes. When I talked to the operator & was told they would call me back, I said I didn't trust them to & told her of the last incident. She looked at their records & verified that they had returned my call at 7:53 that same evening. I told her I can't sit at a customers house for 10 hours hoping for a return call. She said, "if you're a tech.....(all of us are)then say you're a tech when you call & they'll get back with you within 15 minutes!!!!"

I would suppose all companies have this kind of policy.

Mom & pop get called whenever & techs get called right back.........

Glad I know now.

ra byn james

6. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
lbyard Sep-11-00 10:59 AM
In response to message 5
The problem is isolated to the computer and is not being cause by the network board. If the diagnostics were run from the DOS prompt, the problem is not bus mastering. I would next pull all expansion boards in the Asus box except the video and network board. Larry

7. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
fw Sep-12-00 07:48 AM
In response to message 6
I'll try pulling the boards tonight. I have a question.. Why do you say that "If the diags. were run from the DOS prompt that it could'ent be a bus mastering problem" ? I'm not questioning your advice rather I'd like to understand more about bus mastering.

The diags instructions did say to reboot and hold down the F8 key and go into "safe dos prompt"
and thats how I ran diags. I'll let ya know what I find.

Thanks again

8. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
lbyard Sep-12-00 08:16 AM
In response to message 7
LAST EDITED ON Sep-12-00 AT 08:21 AM (GMT)

32-bit bus mastering isn't done until Windows loads. The Bus Master drivers are Windows drivers. DOS uses 16-bit, real mode drivers. In the case of IDE hard disks, the operating system thinks it is talking to old MFM hard disks; most of the work (operate IDE drives) beyond that is done by the motherboard and hard disk BIOSs. Read my Hard Disk Guide, especially after I've found time to finish it (part of it is up now at: http://duxcw.com/digest/guides/hd/hd1.htm). Larry

9. RE: linksys lne100tx fails diag
fw Sep-13-00 05:36 AM
In response to message 8
Hello Larry;
Before I pulled the cards out of the Asus, I tried testing the Linksys, cards again, the nic
that would'ent run in the Asus is bad, I can get it to test O.K. however it reports a xmit speed of 5Mbps, and is very slow. I moved it around to the three systems I have here, and each system slowed down quite a bit, almost to the point to where I though the system hung. I e-mailed Linksys and their reply was that it is defective, and to return it to the store I got it at. I e-mailed Linksys 3 or 4 days before my post here on the forum.

Thankyou for your help

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