Multiple Intel NICs, all detected but show as down



  • Hey all!

    I've setup my pfsense box. System Specs are below

    Netvista MT-M 8319
    Pentium 4 2.2ghz
    1GB RAM
    40GB HDD
    Integrated NIC (Intel)
    Single Port 10/100 Intel NIC
    Dual Port 10/100 Intel NIC

    Without the dual port nic, everything functions fine. Thought it might be the nic, but I've replaced it and it function fine. I can put in another intel nic (single port), and it does the same thing.

    Thought it might be a BIOs issue, so I've disable ACHI, and turned off every device I don't need (sound, usb, etc)

    What could the cause be?



  • With the two port NIC plugged in you have four NICs?

    Please post the output of the pfSense shell commands # dmesg; vmstat -i after booting without the two port card in the system and after booting with the two port card in the system. Maybe that will have some clues as to what is wrong.



  • I'll do that once I get home…



  • I got it to work.

    A buddy at work (who informed me about pfSense) saw that once the new nics were added, they switched orders. The automatic detection of link status did not work, so we figured out the macs of each interface and got it up and work.

    One thing I am seeing on start up is this.. Is this normal?

    pcib2: <pci-pci bridge="">at device 2.0 on pci2
    pci3: <pci bus="">on pcib2
    fxp1: <intel 100="" 82558="" pro="" ethernet="">port 0x3000-0x301f mem 0xe0000000-0xe0000fff,0xc0300000-0xc03fffff irq 18 at device 4.0 on pci3
    fxp1: Enabling Rx lock-up workaround</intel></pci></pci-pci>


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