When I first started to network my PCs, I bought these cards because they were cheaper than most others. I’ve always just stuck with them for my legacy builds because I was used to them. For my rather modern rigs, I just use the onboard NIC. They are actually Base cards with “Base compatibility”, whatever that means. They “just work” but I have no idea how these compare to other cards. I’m sure there’s lots of good options that are just as well supported, and if you use Win95, maybe something older would be needed. I have a small stack of network cards, but never tried anything else than Realtek cards in DOS.
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They “just work” but I have no idea how these compare to other cards. I looked windoows some Intel datasheets and confirmed that it supports more than what the linux driver exposes.
But for a retro game machine, it doesn’t matter. As long as i can get drivers and they’re working reliably I personally don’t care what brand they are. For my rather modern rigs, I just use the onboard NIC.
3Com 10/100 Managed NIC 3C905CX-TX-M
Strange how they keep updating the Dos drivers though. PM me for more details.
Funny you should mention the 3Com 3CTX. The Dos drivers for this card are also regularly updated with the latest official Intel winodws I swapped out the card and the laptop has been stable ever since. When I first started to network my PCs, I bought these cards because they were cheaper than most others.
I’m sure there’s lots of good options that are just as well supported, and if you use Win95, maybe something older would be needed. Users browsing this forum: We window make a “benchmark” list or something with transfer speed and memory requirements of each card! Be careful with these, because they aren’t actually Base cards. And you can buy them for next to nothing. In my 7 box I use a Xeno Killer NIC, though reviews on the web mostly conclude the supposed extra games performance of these is hype.
3Com 10/ Managed NIC 3CCX-TX-M Driver – TechSpot
They’re reliable and they work automatically with anything I’ve tried them with. It turns out there was some known, subtle firmware glitch wkndows the mini-PCI Intel network cards that caused them to continue working, but lock up the host machine randomly. I didn’t 3c9055 to use “magic packet”, but that’s all the linux driver enables. I’ve purchased 4 from this seller so far and just about to buy another. The other options come up as unsupported.
I’ve always just stuck with them for my legacy builds because I was used to them.
Fairly fast and have drivers available for Windows 3. One negative I’ve encountered is that the linux driver for the x doesn’t seem to support all of it’s WOL modes. There is no material that is knowingly illegal here.
Return to General Old Hardware. Intel Pro S is a server adapter, and my personal favorite. Unfortunately, Win9x does not have built-in drivers for these.
For ISA I always used an etherlink iii plus, but I got an older card, long one with a lot of discrete components, that sometimes works [bad contact or cracked solder I think] some etherlink ii version I think. This disclaimer is brought to you thanks to the BSA. I have one of these running in a P system. I actually swapped the whole motherboard and tested the hard drive multiple times, ran memtest86, swapped power supplies, and couldn’t find any explanation for why it was acting up.
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