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How to find out the MAC Address ?

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I'd like to know how to find out the MAC Address of a ethernet card in a programatically way.
Does anybody have a C algorithm to do that ?
The program will run in MS-DOS(!!!) environment.
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by:lekshmikr
ID: 1251100
To get the Media Access Control (MAC) address for an ethernet adapter
programmatically, you can use NetBIOS if your card is bound to NetBIOS. Use
the Netbios() NCBASTAT command and provide a "*" as the name in the
NCB.ncb_CallName field. This is demonstrated in the sample code below.
 
With the NetBEUI and IPX transports, the same information can be obtained
at a command prompt by using:
 
   net config workstation

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by:edsont
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The problem is that my application won't have access to any protocols, so I can't use those APIs.

I think I've omitted that the ethernet card that my application will work with is NE2000 compatible.

What I really would like is a routine that could use hardware I/O to get the MAC address of the card.

Maybe I've posted this question in a wrong section . . .

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knappbl earned 40 total points
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You can use the GUIDGEN utility (or the corresponding API call - CoCreateGuid.)  The last section of the GUID that is returned is actually the physical address of your ethernet card.
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