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    Ethernet PCI Card

    Anybody got any good ideas for what to do with about 25 Ethernet PCI cards?

    They pre-date my existence at the school (all of 6 months) and apparently ended up at our school after one of our contractors decided to estimate the number of PCs at our school instead of counting (or just asking someone).

    Is there much of a market for them on eBay?

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    What model are they? Do they have boot roms?

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    damn it. if you were closer i'd have come and nabbed them off you. I need a couple for some older machines that were provided (for some inexplicable reason) without NICs

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    Things in bulk always go well on ebay - shops snap em up and use them in PC repairs etc... (or geeks who randomly think that owning dozens of something is a good idea - like my buying 15 laptop TFT screens once).

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    I think that's called the 'You never know when you might need ...' syndrome 8)

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    I have that, I have an entire metal filing cabinet filled with PC parts

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy
    What model are they? Do they have boot roms?
    I don't know much about them. I know they were used in the PCs when we were on a thin-client system and that I didn't know them not to work (I've known the school longer than I've worked there). Oh, and they're made by 3Com.

    I also have hundreds of little "Wake on LAN" cables that appear to be linked to the cards. They've currently been filed away in my box called "Random Gubbins" along with all the cables that don't appear to have any purpose.

    Seriously, if you need a couple I could probably post them to you. Do you want to swap it for a VGA cable?

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    They're probably 3C905s then and if they have WOL cables they almost certainly have boot ROMs.

    I say keep them. Those are excellent network cards and are probably a damn site better than the usual rubbish you get on motherboards these days. They're supported by virtually every OS under the sun too.

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    Re: Ethernet PCI Card

    Quote Originally Posted by Norphy
    I say keep them.
    The 20-30 I was advertising was not including the 5-10 I have kept "just in case".

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