Dual Port Ethernet not working on PE2550

Mark Kilmartin mrk at renre-europe.com
Wed Aug 22 02:56:00 CDT 2001

I'm not sure if it is the same card.

But I have a PE 2400 that shipped with a duel port card.

AFAIK it is working fine with the EtherExpress Pro driver compiled into
the kernel.

This is with kernel 2.2.19 running on a debian system.
Also using a 3com SuperStack Switch.

This machine was bought and assembled in Ireland so there could be some

If I can be of any more help let me know.


On 20 Aug 2001 10:26:34 -0400, Maki wrote:
> Jeremy,
>   Thanks for the reply.  Perhaps I wasn't clear enough, I'm not having any problems with the onboard e100 or broadcom; they seem to work as expected.  My issue is with the dual-port ethernet card that these PE2550s came with.(it was an option when ordering from dell, but maybe they are not supported with Linux?  These servers were shipped as w2k servers)
>   I'm going to try eepro-diag and different cables/switch ports, but 4 out of 4(2 machines with dual port cards) are not working suggesting to me that it's more than a flaky cable/port.  I'll also try forcing the mode to 100FD.
>   Thanks,
> ....maki....
> >The PowerEdge 2550 has an Embedded Intel Pro 100+ NIC (82559 Chipset) and
> >the Embedded Broadcom Gigabit NIC.  It does not have an on-board dual port
> >Intel Pro 100+ NIC.  Using either the eepro100 or e100 native module works
> >fine under Linux 7.1.  It could be a negotation issue between the on-board
> >NIC and your Cisco 29xx switch.  Either try another switch, port, or force
> >your negotation to 10Mbps or 100Mbps.  Also, one thing you may want to look
> >at is the cable that is plugged into the back of the Intel NIC on the
> >server, make sure that it is not loose and it has a good connection.
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