Re: Promise card no longer work as ide0/1?

From: Tim Coleman (
Date: Wed May 03 2000 - 05:59:28 EST

On Wed, May 03, 2000 at 05:03:07AM +0200, Bernd Markgraf wrote:
> > Isn't there a problem with this in that it is possible (although not
> > necessary all that likely) for two nics to have the same MAC address?

> iirc, mac adresses are unique! thats how we identify nic world wide. it's
> a mix of manufacturer, type and serial number. so there is no problem
> unless you try to burn the nic's prom yourself ;-)

Ideally, yes, they are unique. Realistically they are not always.
One could potentially set the MAC address as mentioned in another
message in this thread. I've also heard of certain manufacturers
that don't always assign unique addresses to every piece of hard-

I'm not saying I'm against the idea; it's just not a panacea.


Tim Coleman <>
Software Developer/Systems Administrator/RDBMS Specialist/Linux Advocate
University of Waterloo Honours Co-op Combinatorics & Optimization
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