[clug] a NIC to avoid

Robert Edwards bob at cs.anu.edu.au
Mon Sep 4 02:56:03 GMT 2006

Yep - and it didn't work either. From memory, the disk that came with
the card purported to have the 8193cp driver on it, but it turned
out to be the 8139too driver renamed, but my memory of this is a
little hazy.


Bob Edwards.

Patrick Cole wrote:
> Bob,
> Out of interest, did you try the 8139cp driver, which is required
> for this sort of card?
> Wed, Aug 02, 2006 at 10:42:03AM +1000, Robert Edwards wrote:
>>Whilst waiting for me to do some work on a hardware compatability
>>database, here is a negative entry for it.
>>A local supplier recently supplied a number of "Skymaster" "Realtek
>>8139D" 100Mbps LAN cards (to be used in a lab here). The boxes and
>>the main chip are both clearly labelled as RTL8139D. However, the
>>PCI ID is 1904:8139 (use "lspci -n") and this isn't recognised by
>>the 8139too module in the kernel (2.6.15 etc.).
>>You might think that adding this PCI ID to drivers/net/8139too.c
>>in the kernel source and re-compiling the module would fix this -
>>it doesn't.
>>Turns out that this PCI ID isn't actually a RealTek 8139D at all,
>>but a fake that has been labelled this. The fakes are mainly sold
>>in Brazil and India, according to research I have done on the web.
>>They are supplied with a driver disk that makes the card work on
>>Windows etc. but the driver so loaded will not work with real
>>RTL8139D-based cards (nor is the card recognised, apparently, by
>>WinXP, even though real RTL8139Ds are).
>>Anyway, if you are after a really cheap 100Mbps NIC for your router
>>etc. I would advise steering well clear of the "Skymaster" range
>>(others would advise staying away from any RealTek NIC, but that
>>is another story).
>>Bob Edwards
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