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Re: IRQ conflict with Modem and SMC NIC

I had this problem with an SMC ISA card at one point (I don't know the
model).  If the thing is trying to softset, leave it in softset mode and go to
SMC's website and get their softset utility for DOS.  Put it on a DOS floppy
with the system on it, and boot from that.  Go into the setup and change the
IRQ, then lock it down and tell it not to Plug and Play anymore.  Make sure
that the kernel supports your irq setting, or make it so that it does and
recompile.  A quick look at arch/i386/conf/GENERIC shows me :

we0     at isa? port 0x280 iomem 0xd0000 irq 9  # WD/SMC 80x3 ethernet
we1     at isa? port 0x300 iomem 0xcc000 irq 10 #

I would try to make these settings work with the DOS softset utility, then
boot in OpenBSD.  You may have to shuffle some of the other cards around to
make sure the i/o port and io memory location specified above are available
for the NIC.

Good luck,

Gabe Kangas wrote:

> Hi.  I just recently installed OpenBSD.  I installed it through the
> network on an SMC ISA network card.  I then installed a ISA 28.8 USR
> modem.  Both decided to take IRQ 3.  To fix problems, I switched jumpers..
> neither card would budge from IRQ 3.  I went into the BIOS to change
> avalible IRQ's.. and still both wanted IRQ 3.  In this situation.. the
> network would work, but not after the modem is initialized.  Then any
> connection through the nic does not work.. but the modem is fine.
> On kernel boot, when it locates the NIC it gives a msg that says
> "Switching IRQ 9 to IRQ 3"... so it originally triest to get IRQ 9 it
> seems.
> Does anybody have any ideas?  On this NIC I have switches that say irq 3,
> irq 10, and soft.  When I put it on irq 10, the kernel boots and gives a
> mesg saying "ie1: NC100 soft configure not avalible" and when the jumper
> is on SOFT nothing is recognized durring the kernel load.  With the modem,
> no matter what irq jumper I put it on.. it defaults to 3.
> Any help on this matter would be great.  My plan is to turn my Open box
> into a router to route all my PC's in through the Open box for access to
> my ppp internet account.