[LinuxBIOS] Re: Does a System BIOS do some kind of initialization on a Ethernet card?

Peter Stuge stuge-linuxbios at cdy.org
Thu Mar 17 23:12:38 CET 2005

This is completely off-topic for the LinuxBIOS mailing list.

On Thu, Mar 17, 2005 at 09:54:18AM -0600, DongWook Kim wrote:
> I have a problem with activating the ethernet in my embedded linux.
> I am using realtek 8100c(It is one of the realteck's 8139 compatible NIC).
> Our company designed a board and a some kind of system BIOS for our board.
> And after I installed a linux on the board with the BIOS and upload the 
> firmware of the realtek 8100c into its rom.

The only ROM I see close to the 8100C is the EEPROM that contains
configuration and MAC address. This should only have to be written
to once.

> Does my System BIOS need some kind of initialization on the
> realteck 8100c?

Besides normal PCI init required for all PCI devices I very much doubt
that. But speak with your hardware department and your supplier. And
check out the chip data sheet.


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