Update Bios on Intel Nics?

Posted on 2013-10-26
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Last Modified: 2013-11-05
I am having issues when installing dual port Intel Nics into my server. They seem to knock out he onboard LAN. I shut off any unused com ports and other periphereals to save on IRQs.

The cards work fine if I install one at a time. The second i put both of them in all the LAN including the two cards get shut down.

I'm thinking the cards themselves might need a bios update? Any thoughts.
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I cannot say for certain, but I have not seen firmware updates for Network Cards, only drivers.

Make sure you have the newest driver levels.

I have Intel network cards in my computers (which are not servers). The laptop most definitely benefited from an Intel driver in place of the Manufacturer's driver.

See if there are Intel drivers for your network cards from Intel.

.... Thinkpads_User
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Also look at this Intel Guide which has settings involving the Advanced Properties of the card. I am not an expert in this, and I leave these properties as default. But I have seen posts and articles adjusting them for better performance.


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or try a bios update for the server -  long shot - but it can help
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what server hardware are you using. ?

that will help me out to find out the updates

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ID: 39606115
I have the latest bios installed. I purchased two Intel 4 Port Cards on Ebay. I'm going to try eliminating the two dual port cards and just use one 4 port card.

So far the server is working. I installed all the cards. It knocks out the LAN as usual. Then I reset the cmos with all the cards in. This seems to solve the problem temporarily.

However, I am afraid it will happen again. Last time I was just logged in and they all went out while I was administering the server. I am still having log in problems. For example. I use the web browser to manage the server. When I try to make some changes I lose connection and have to log back in when applying the changes.

Then I have to do it all over again. Settings don't take.

Th admin is on the onboard NIC. The 2 intel nics are for a private network for iSCSI.

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This did not solver my problem but I award for effort.
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@MEATBALLHERO - Thanks and I was happy to help.

.... Thinkpads_User

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