Well, I'm adding more facts without adding much more understanding.
I removed the Realtek card and installed a 3Com PNP ISA network card
instead. With a PS/2 mouse connected, it booted fine -- the ICU driver
configured the 3Com and the mouse worked. So this seems to implicate
the Realtek card.
Then I installed the Realtek in a different PC of similar vintage and
specs. I also transferred the hard drive with the FreeDOS
installation. With a PS/2 mouse connected, it booted fine -- the ICU
driver configured the 3Com and the mouse worked. On this machine, I
could enable/disable Legacy USB support. It booted fine either way.
All was not well, however. Whenever I ran the ICU utility that reports
on resource usage, it would lock the machine hard after loading the
program interface. It did this with and without Legacy USB Support
enabled, and with or without the PS/2 mouse plugged in.
My next move was to run this same second PC under Windows 98. The
Realtek detected and installed OK, and Windows reported its resource
usage without locking up. The mouse worked.
So I still don't see a firm conclusion to be drawn. Do some motherboard
BIOS's not know what to make of the Realtek card? Are these Realtek
cards poorly made? Or specially designed to be configured under Windows
(though that wouldn't explain the early lock on PC #1)? Or does ICU not
work well with this Realtek chip (though again, irrelevant on PC #1)?
On 5/13/2016 5:01 PM, John Hupp wrote:
I have a number of identical PNP ISA network cards based on the
Realtek RTL8019AS chip that I would like to figure out how to run
I have not been able to determine the brand or manufacturer. There is
a white sticker with "ESL-816VT", and screen-printed just above that
"T292312T1AZZ0," but neither has led me to an identification. There
is no FCC ID #.
So I'm trying to work with information and a DOS setup utility from
Realtek. The chip is NE2000 compatible, so if I can get the hardware
configured I should be in business.
The sticking point is that I can't get the PC to boot with the NIC
installed and a PS/2 mouse connected. It stops at the point where the
BIOS identifies/configures hardware. But if I hot unplug the mouse it
will continue booting.
It will boot cleanly with a serial mouse, or with no mouse. But for
various reasons I want to get it running with a PS/2 mouse.
It seems like a resource conflict, but I have not been able to find
one. With the Intel ISA Configuration Utility (ICU) driver installed,
the NIC is configured to use IRQ 3 and I/O 220. As I recall, that is
also what the card defaults to without the ICU driver running.
The ICU suite has a utility that reports on resource usage, and IRQ 3
and I/O 220 are not reported to be in use by anything else. The PS/2
mouse should be using IRQ 12, reserved for this purpose.
I have also configured a card to use IRQ 10 and I/O 300, which are
reported to be unused by anything else, and I get the same behavior
when I connect a PS/2 mouse.
Interestingly, the RTL8019AS supports jumpered, jumperless and PNP
modes, but in the implementation on this card there are no jumpers,
and the Realtek utility is not able to switch the card out of its
current PNP mode to jumperless mode.
Can anyone see what the problem is?
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