[LinuxBIOS] Setting up ethernet - help

Corey Osgood corey.osgood at gmail.com
Wed Aug 15 03:49:45 CEST 2007

Peter Stuge wrote:
> On Tue, Aug 14, 2007 at 12:54:04PM -0400, Joseph Smith wrote:
>>>> Does that mean I would have to cat in a ethernet rom?
>>> Do you or the chip need one? Is there one in the factory BIOS or
>>> in a standalone flash chip or none at all?
>> I don't need an ethernet rom. Etherboot would take care of that
>> correct?
> For booting from network, yes. But maybe the hardware needs the ROM
> for initialization? Where is the MAC address stored? Note there
> doesn't seem to be any ROM even with the factory BIOS.

MAC address is stored in hardware. I honestly couldn't tell you why that
code is there, but it shouldn't be, no rom is necessary. I'm guessing it
was left over from my attempt at getting vga to run, but I'm not sure
why I would have attached it to the ethernet (perhaps bad copy and
paste?). Anyone wishing to remove it feel free, one of these days I'll
wrap up that port, but no time for now.


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