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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 10:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Would bad hardware also cause other (offboard) NICs not to connect?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd say this is very unlikely. What other NIC are you trying, what issues are you having? Are you using a proven good cable, connected to a proven good port of switch?
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK!! I finally got it working with an Intel NIC!!!

The offboard NIC I originally got was a TP-link with a Realtek chipset which was virtually the same as my onboard LAN chip-- at least it tried to load the same driver.

Now the question is that if I can build a Realtek driver that actually interfaces properly with my mobo LAN chip... Now that I have access to portage...! yay!

Still, I'm concerned that if there is a faulty mobo, I only have a limited time to bring it back to the store for a simple exchange. I don't want to deal with warranty shenanigans if I can help it...

Is there a program that can test various hardware for potential issues?

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 01, 2013 11:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not aware of this kind of program. Although you could try pfSense which is not Linux (it's FreeBSD) and can be run from CD or USB stick, and OpenBSD is known as supporting wide range of hardware, you could try that, too. Solaris is out there, too.
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