Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Post by Mark » Thu, 18 Sep 2003 02:57:36


Having just aquired an ANT podule ethernet card, I have been trying most of
the afternoon to get my RiscPC connected to my existing Windows2000 network.
Unsuccessfully I might add lol!

I have faithfully followed (I believe) the network configuration
instructions from both Paul Vigay's excellent site, but I cannot ping in
either direction. I have geen googling for ages to try and find alternative
instructions or pointers as to what may be wrong, but to no avail.

I have also been to: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
got as far as locating help for Ether3. I then ran E3Test and EATest, which
both produced:

Internal error: abort on data transfer at &02208B98

Running E3Info produced:

ea0: DISABLED
Log: Bad configuration command
Assertions present

I am using a RiscPC 700 with RISC OS 3.6
The other machines on the network are all running Windows2000.

Can anyone offer any suggestions?
 
 
 

Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Post by Michael Gi » Thu, 18 Sep 2003 04:57:00

In article <OaI9b.363$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >, Mark

Would "get a working LAN card" be deemed sarcastic?

Flippancy aside, it would be useful to know what you've done, what
software you're using, etc.

The error message tells me either your card is bust or you've tried to
configure it as something else.

--
Michael Gilbert: in his own write

OK, so there's the Trident in Bangor

 
 
 

Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Post by Mark » Thu, 18 Sep 2003 06:47:27

It came up in a google search. I can't recall the actual search string I
used though, I was trying so many combinations.
 
 
 

Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Post by Tim Powys- » Thu, 18 Sep 2003 08:28:23


Ahem: top posting and no snipping - eh? The lewd practices police
will be onto you...


[Now for some non-top posting, just after the point you made, making it
100% (99, anyway) relevant.]

Are not these podule network cards absolutely ancient? I have one in a
redundant A5000 and I turned that off six or seven years ago, and I
don't think it was working then.

The next issue is what software you have for it. If you are using
what's on the podule card, it may not be able to handle the later
operating system and internet practices.


Your card will respond to commands of the form:
*eainfo
and
*eatest

Do them.

Also do:
*help ether. [the trailing stop is vital]
This may show up a few other commands which may be worth giving a whirl.
Some of them may be configuration commands so do:
*status
and see what things are set up like.

You can also do:
*rom. [the trailing stop is vital]
which will show you all the modules on the machine including those on
the podule network card.

The podule card modules may, or may not, be unplugged which may or may
not be a good thing.

What I have no idea with these ancient podule cards is what software
they need to work with the later operating systems and internet
modules. It may be that there is not a version to use the current
internet software, I simply don't know.

Ignoring all the above, my strong suspicion with Michael Gilbert is that
your card is AWOL, if not with the fairies. I got a proper RISC OS
network card second hand (two to be precise, from a second failure
later on) and it worked fine. And I got an up-to-date Ether module that
works fine with the network card.

<big snip of previous conversation, no longer relevant>

--
Tim Powys-Lybbe XXXX@XXXXX.COM
For a miscellany of bygones: http://www.yqcomputer.com/
 
 
 

Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Post by Mark » Thu, 18 Sep 2003 18:01:58


They have indeed and I apologise!

<snip>


The commands e3info and either e3 or eatest work

e3info produces:

ea0: DISABLED
Log: Bad configuration command
Assertions present

Both of the test commands produce:

Internal error: abort on data transfer at &02208B98


This shows:

Module is Ether3 4.23 (13 Sep 1996) ANT Ltd
and shows the three commands mentioned above


Running *status shows:

Ether3 Disable
Ether3 Strict
Ether3 NoLiveWireTest
Ether3 Terse
Ether 3 Single


Running *rom shows:

1 Podule 1 MbufManager 0.13 Unplugged
2 Podule 1 Ether3 4.23 Active
3 Podule 1 Internet 4.03 Unplugged
4 Podule 1 AUNMsgs 0.06 Unplugged
5 Podule 1 Net 6.12 Dormant
6 Podule 1 BootNet 0.88 Unplugged
7 Podule 1 Freeway 0.24 Unplugged
8 Podule 1 ShareFS 3.38 Dormant
9 Podule 1 ADFS Filer 0.69 Dormant

<snip>

Mean anything to anyone?
 
 
 

Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Post by John Duffe » Thu, 18 Sep 2003 18:55:16

In message <spV9b.109$ XXXX@XXXXX.COM >




[snip]

Have you tried a delete power on to reset the cmos ram? Are there any links
on the card to play with?


I've a feeling this card has timing problems, the driver doesn't expect the
computer to be so fast so it gets confused. Unless there's a newer etherA
module available which is Risc PC compatible (and SA, if you've got a
StrongARM) I'd suggest you try a different network card ("EtherH"
recommended, I think the cards are called EtherLan 500/600)

[snip]

HTH,
--
John Duffell
http://www.yqcomputer.com/
 
 
 

Problems adding my RiscPC to a Windows network

Post by Mark » Fri, 19 Sep 2003 16:50:17


links

Thanks John, a delete power on has sorted it, and the card is now working!
I had a moment of panic when I completely forgot how to reconfigure IDEFS,
but someone else has put me straight on that one.

Cheers for your help.