Re: Intel EtherExpress Pro (making it work)

Torbjorn Lindgren (
Wed, 4 Dec 1996 13:06:50 +0100 (MET)

On Tue, 3 Dec 1996, Paul Slootman wrote:
> wrote:
> >At work nearly all of the machines come with Intel EtherExpress Pro PCI
> >ethernet cards (with an 82557 chip), and even though a few coworkers told
> Note that the original Intel EtherExpress Pro cards had a 82556 chip.
> Intel quietly "changed" the card to one using a 82557 chip, and calls
> that card the "B version". It is, in fact, a completely different
> Hence, the Linux driver for these things will have to be changed to
> work for the "B version" Intel EtherExpress Pro.

The driver is for the B cards, not the EEPro 100A nor the EEPro 10, and
is named 'Intel EtherExpress Pro 100B driver'.

Quote from Donald Becker's 'Linux and the Intel EtherExpress Pro 100'
page, available at:

: This driver will not work with the older 100A cards using the i82556
: chip, nor will it work with the 10mpbs EtherExpress Pro cards. It may
: work with the 10mbps Pro-Plus boards if they use the i82557 chip.
: (Please send me a report if it does.)

Torbjörn Lindgren
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