[K12OSN] Recommended Gigabit Network card?

Jeff Siddall news at siddall.name
Fri Oct 1 14:37:19 UTC 2010

On 09/30/2010 05:47 PM, Joseph Bishay wrote:
> Hello everyone,
> Well it seems the issue has been resolved on its own!  I finally was
> able to crack one of the machines open, and lo-and-behold, it already
> had a gigabit card on-board!
> Specifically the Intel 82573E gigabit NIC (more info:
> http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=26550 ).  Granted it doesn't
> support Jumbo frames, but that would be looking the gift-horse in the
> mouth :)
> I guess I never expected that we'd get freely donated machines at the
> level of having onboard gigabit so I was assuming the worst. These
> machines are a bit more powerful than I thought -- Pentium 4 3.2 Ghz,
> 1 GB RAM, 250 GB SATA drives, gigabit NIC, onboard Intel 945 g/p
> graphics AND an installed ATI Radeon X1600 256 MB video card with DVI
> output. New keyboards, mice, and 19" NEC LCDs to go with them!

Heck, that could be an LTSP server!

> So now that the gigabit issue has been resolved, the next issue to ask is:
> 1) Which video card to use? Onboard Intel or ATI card?

If you can get the ATI to work is is the far superior card.

> 2) With such a machine, would it be beneficial to run something
> locally? Firefox perhaps?

Yeah -- everything!  Seriously, I would consider DRBL:


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