Challenge/Onyx VFE (C8-100BT 2-port 100Base-T Fast Ethernet)

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Re: Challenge/Onyx VFE (C8-100BT 2-port 100Base-T Fast Ethernet)

Unread postby dexter1 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:02 am

What IRIX version does the vfe driver need to support? For 5.3 and 6.2, amazingly, ftp.sgi.com is still up with this: ftp://ftp.sgi.com/sgi/netdrv/
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Re: Challenge/Onyx VFE (C8-100BT 2-port 100Base-T Fast Ethernet)

Unread postby mapesdhs » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:17 pm

6.5.22m.

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Re: Challenge/Onyx VFE (C8-100BT 2-port 100Base-T Fast Ethernet)

Unread postby kjaer » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:44 pm

vfe became bundled in 6.5. should be on the normal media. somewhere.
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Re: Challenge/Onyx VFE (C8-100BT 2-port 100Base-T Fast Ethernet)

Unread postby mapesdhs » Sat Feb 18, 2017 4:41 pm

It isn't by name as a separate item. I've been told it's wrapped up within, so to install I think I may have to read in the 6.2 drivers, then the 6.5 Foundation CD(s). I'll try it tomorrow.
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Re: Challenge/Onyx VFE (C8-100BT 2-port 100Base-T Fast Ethernet)

Unread postby Zerolapse » Mon Feb 20, 2017 8:09 pm

It's been a long time since I did an install on my Challenge, but I'm pretty certain kjaer is correct and it's in the 6.5.22 media someplace.

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Re: Challenge/Onyx VFE (C8-100BT 2-port 100Base-T Fast Ethernet)

Unread postby jan-jaap » Tue Feb 21, 2017 1:27 am

It's wrapped into eoe.sw.base, on the first IRIX 6.5 Foundation disc. All you need to do is install IRIX 6.5:

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# grep vfe eoe.idb
f 0444 root sys usr/cpu/sysgen/IP19boot/if_vfe.o xlv55/kudzu-apr12/work/irix/kern/IP19bootarea/if_vfe.o eoe.sw.base sum(46674) size(67440) postop("touch -ct 197001010000 $rbase/unix || true") off(23792232) nostrip mach(IP19 MODE=64bit) cmpsize(36789)
f 0444 root sys usr/cpu/sysgen/IP21boot/if_vfe.o xlv55/kudzu-apr12/work/irix/kern/IP21bootarea/if_vfe.o eoe.sw.base sum(57355) size(66904) postop("touch -ct 197001010000 $rbase/unix || true") off(37489589) nostrip mach(IP21 MODE=64bit) cmpsize(36489)
f 0444 root sys usr/cpu/sysgen/IP25boot/if_vfe.o xlv55/kudzu-apr12/work/irix/kern/IP25bootarea/if_vfe.o eoe.sw.base sum(49158) size(66568) postop("touch -ct 197001010000 $rbase/unix || true") off(51475407) nostrip mach(IP25 MODE=64bit) cmpsize(36395)
f 0444 root sys usr/include/sys/if_vfe.h xlv55/kudzu-apr12/work/irix/kern/bsd/sys/if_vfe.h eoe.sw.base sum(30120) size(40158) off(210192482) cmpsize(16642)
f 0444 root sys var/sysgen/master.d/if_vfe xlv55/kudzu-apr12/work/irix/kern/master.d/if_vfe eoe.sw.base sum(50646) size(146) off(244382689) config(update) cmpsize(131)

For IRIX 5.3 and 6.2 the VFE support was unbundled, that's what Dexter pointed out. If you upgrade a system running 6.2 to 6.5, the upgrade will replace the older vfe software with what's in the standard IRIX 6.5 distribution.

If I'm not mistaken you need to configure jumpers on the VFE board and sometimes on the backplane of the Onyx, before it works.

The IRIX 6.2 and 5.3 drivers come with release notes, maybe those will tell you something. I also attached the Interphase documentation for the V/6224 board, which is what the VFE board really is.

Oh, the VFE board is only marginally faster than the 10Mb/s ethernet built into the Onyx. It's also only half duplex and doesn't auto-negotiate duplex if I'm not mistaken. If you want fast networking, get the HIO64 FDDI option (the one that mounts on the IO4).
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