Adding a second ISA network card...

Andrew Hodgson andrew.hodgson at
Fri Aug 30 01:07:04 BST 2002

Thanks to everyone for replying. I feel a little stupid, I thought Byron was
saying that MY question was silly! Hence my slightly tense reply! Many
apologies, and thanks again for the advice.

I have seen a piece on about entering the cards IRQ and I/O
address info into my kernel configuration file, I wasn't aware that I could
do that and wasn't sure about how to go about finding the relevant info for
my card. Even though I've rebuilt quite a few kernels, I'm not at the stage
to actually _understand_ what happens when I do!! I'm very much more
interested in interfacing with the OS (using commands etc.) and (say) KDE,
than the deep and dirty workings of the OS. I hope there are some out there
who know what I mean!

However, I am more than willing to get my hands dirty, and I will try and
add the second card to my kernel.

Thanks again, I'll keep you posted.


-----Original Message-----
From: freebsd-users-admin at
[mailto:freebsd-users-admin at]On Behalf Of Ian MacDonald
Sent: 29 August 2002 23:00
To: 'Byron Schlemmer'; Andrew Hodgson
Cc: FreeBSD UK User Group
Subject: RE: Adding a second ISA network card...

Another silly question, are they both using the same resources?


-----Original Message-----
From: Byron Schlemmer [mailto:freebsd-uk at]
Sent: 29 August 2002 22:33
To: Andrew Hodgson
Cc: FreeBSD UK User Group
Subject: Re: Adding a second ISA network card...

On Thu, 29 Aug 2002, Andrew Hodgson wrote:

> Hi all,
> I am trying to turn an old 486 (DX2-66, 64M RAM) into a little
protector on
> my new broadband line, but the second card I've fitted isn't detected
> boot. They're both ISA-based Intel Etherexpress Pro 10 cards, the
first of
> which is detected fine. They both use the ex driver, and I had
> rebuilt the kernel to include just this network driver, along with all
> requisite firewall/routing options.
> My box is rather antiquated, with a huge ISA video card, an ISA
> ATA/serial/parallel card, and my two ISA network cards. Also 64 megs
> 72-pin RAM. I've stuck 4.4 on a 2G drive.
> I've searched around and looked for anyone having a similar problem,
> couldn't find anything. Maybe someone out there has had the same thing
> happen?

Silly question. Are you sure both cards work? Try removing one and
booting up. If it's there try the same procedure with the other one and
lets see what happens.

	- byron

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