two 3C905B's in 5.4

dave dmehler26 at
Mon Jul 11 17:43:09 GMT 2005

    I've got a 5.4 box that's going to be a router. It has two 3C905B cards
in it and i'm having a blank fill it in as you wish, of a time getting the
cards working. Neither card likes dhcp, sometimes i'll start dhclient and
the cards will work, sometimes they won't. If i give the -v option to
dhclient i get the message network is unreachable, see readme about
broadcast address. I know this isn't a cable modem issue or a cable, because
i plugged in an old 3c509 isa card and it worked the first time, this fix
isn't practical for this setup. An ifconfig check shows both 905's in
autonegociation mode 100-mbit tx, i'm wondering if i should manually set
them to something, but am unsure as to what. One card one time gave me the
waiting to transmit error message as mentioned in the man page and it took a
reboot to fix it. I've checked the bios on this box and it's pnp os option
is off. Any help appreciated. If more information is needed ask, i will send

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