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January 30, 2002 6:16:35 PM

hello.
im selling one of my computers and the buyer wanted a network card.
now the card i got in that computer is a good one
so i went down to the store and got a cheap 35$ network card
now i know how to install it but what i dont know is it came with a red,green and black cable on it
so whats that?
its a 3 pin female lead on the card it says GBR
i tell ya i build computers all the time but this cheap card, 1 its small 2 it dont say the name brand :wink:
and 3 whats this bloody cable?

im a boring old fart and a crazy loon.
im also a mad alcoholic git but do that matter! :smile:

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January 30, 2002 6:50:21 PM

$35? :eek: 
I haven't paid more than $20 for a NIC, and you say $35 is cheap?

That's for the Wake-On-LAN, you can ignore it or pull it off and throw it away.

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January 30, 2002 7:22:33 PM

35$ nz

is most likeys 18$ US :smile:

remember im in newzealand
the USA dollor is more than ours

im a boring old fart and a crazy loon.
im also a mad alcoholic git but do that matter! :smile:
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January 30, 2002 7:35:44 PM

It's probably a wake on LAN connector cable.
If the motherboard supports wake on LAN there will be a 3 pin header on the board.
The letters WOL may be silk screened next to the 3 pin header on the motherboard.

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January 30, 2002 9:11:21 PM

Oh, ok. I forgot you were in NZ.

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January 30, 2002 11:29:23 PM

I get 3 Belkin 10/100 PCI NIC for 87 cents each.
January 30, 2002 11:35:44 PM

The cable should be the Wake on LAN cable you connect to the motherboard.
January 31, 2002 5:02:11 AM

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I get 3 Belkin 10/100 PCI NIC for 87 cents each.

That is a great price. What planet are you on?

<font color=red>Remember...</font color=red><font color=blue>You get what you pay for. :smile: All advice here is free.</font color=blue> :wink:
February 1, 2002 11:25:30 PM

thanks guys it was a WOL cable
but i didnt use it.... i didnt have one with my first network and everything went fine!

im a boring old fart and a crazy loon.
im also a mad alcoholic git but do that matter! :smile:
February 2, 2002 12:14:17 AM

For about $80-85 USD you can get a 3COM network card with integrated processor! Guess what that means! 0% processor utilization while downloading and loading web pages!

EDIT: I made a mistake in pricing. It costs $80-$85USD not $40-45. I was confusing the 3Com 3C905C-TX and the 3Com 3CR990-TX-97. The 905 costs ~$40 while the 990 costs ~$80. The 905 and 990 however do seem to perform relatively similarly according to Tom's Hardware.

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February 2, 2002 2:11:36 AM

I saw a thread you had a while back about the cpu load with nic cards.
I did a little research and bought the 3Com 3C905C-TX. You are 100%
right and it has a lot cleaner download with no errors in the files.

Thanks AMD_Man.

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February 2, 2002 2:11:44 AM

ok then whats my main one (how good is it)

3com "fast" etherlink XL 10/100Mb tx ethernet NIC (3c905-tx)

(thats not a cheap one that cost's 150$ nz)

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im also a mad alcoholic git but do that matter! :smile:
February 2, 2002 12:02:37 PM

Yes, the 3Com EtherLink 10/100 3CR990-TX-97 is no cheap card. Here's what Sharkey Extreme has to say about it:

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LAN gaming, and DSL/Cable Internet access are all good reasons to have a quality NIC (Network Interface Card) in your gaming rig. Unless you already own a functional network card, we do not recommend going the cheap route when buying a primary NIC. Otherwise, you could be ripping apart your PC on a monthly basis, and filling out enough RMA forms to need a Word template to keep up. Buy brand name quality and it will be money well spent.

The EtherLink 10/100 3CR990-TX-97 is a great bet for a quality NIC, and 3COM is one of the most well-known names in PC networking. While you can buy a cheap NIC for $20-$30, the EtherLink 10/100 3CR990-TX-97 actually gives you something extra for your hard-earned dollar. This NIC features a 3XP processor right on the card, which can offload some of the CPU work onto the DSP itself and speed up basic Windows networking tasks. Just be extremely careful when shopping for this particular network card. 3COM also produces lower-end NICs of eerily similar model numbers, but without the nifty 3XP processor.


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February 2, 2002 3:55:31 PM

I am using the 3CR990-TX-97 but cannot tell any difference. I get it when they first come out and 3com have an promotion on the card.
February 2, 2002 4:34:51 PM

Well, it's not like your overall system performance depends on the network card but those 3COM do use signficiantly less CPU cycles than cheapo $20 network cards.

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February 2, 2002 7:46:07 PM

so my card is one of the best?
(remember im in NZ)

oh and can anyone recommend a good hub/switch i was thinking..
3com 8port 10/100Mbps full duplex but theres so many models out there..
as im useing a 5 port 10Mbps one witch is s..l..o..w.. :wink:

im a boring old fart and a crazy loon.
im also a mad alcoholic git but do that matter! :smile:
February 2, 2002 7:52:39 PM

I have a 4 port 3com switch and a 8 port CISCO switch. Both great.
February 3, 2002 11:33:50 AM

I have a 100mbps Linksys 4-port router and it's significantly faster than my older 10mbps hub.

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February 18, 2002 10:54:46 AM

Just got my Netgear RP114 router with integrated 4-port switch. Excellent pricing, easy setup and d**n small too... Seems to be very stable and well performing even under "stress tests" ;o)
February 18, 2002 5:32:37 PM

Try Network Benchmark under SiSoft Sandra. I get nearly 11MB/s (that's megabytes not megabits) on my 100mbps(megabits per second) network.

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