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Dell 2950 Server not detecting network cards

Posted on 2011-02-17
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Hi,

We have 3 Dell 2950 Server - all running ESXi 4.1. For some reason the servers only detect two of the three network cards.   Even in the bios.

In bios I have see a total of 6 nic's (2ports on 1st nic card , 2ports on 2nd nic card, and 2 onboard) the third card is not detected. This is the same across all three servers using same model cards.

Is there a limitation im not aware of ? Anyone seen this issue?

Cards are Broadcom Corporate netXtreme II


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you may have run out of interrupts or i/o resources.

can you try different slots on the motherboard?
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also check the servers bios, and update if necessary.
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in the process of running a bios update ( hope this helps). How can I check the available Interrupts
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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you would need diagnostics software, try swapping and trying different PCI slots.

you could download http://www.hirensbootcd.org/download/

this has a program called PCI and AGP info Tool (07-02-2011) and it will show the vendors PCI information, this will show if the cards are being registered in the hardware.
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