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2. Basic System Board Setup > 17. Configure Network Cards

Configure Network Cards

Give your network card the resources it needs to get and keep your LAN and Internet traffic flowing smoothly.

Network cards are another enhancement to PCs that had to be squeezed in to the limits of old legacy I/O systems. Because networking usually requires a fast, steady stream of data, it is important that network interface cards have unique and exclusive use of address and IRQ resources. Symptoms of conflicts include the inability to obtain a network address or log on to a server, or poor data transfer performance.

The most successful implementations of early 8- and 16-bit network cards in practice used addresses 280 or 340 and IRQ5 (8-bit systems) or IRQ10 (16-bit systems), depending on the presence or absence of a sound card using IRQ5.


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