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I bought a 3C509B-TPC Etherlink III card from Kehtron Computer in Wilmington, Delaware.

I finally learned some important things about the older versions of these cards, like the 3C509-Combo -- you have to set them up (via a setup program) to use either the coax or RJ-45 port. This is probably why the few used ones I bought (and returned) didn't work on my coax network. At the next show, I'll buy some more and try again. (Update: Haven't seen any for a while, especially at the $1 a piece "as-is" price.)

Hall of Fame: John Reeves, a consultant who just happened to be in the store at the time, took the time and trouble to get the drivers from his car and make a copy for me (two floppy disks).

See AboutThesePages.


Selecting the RJ-45 or Coax Port

Boot into Dos (or Win95) (from a floppy or CD if you don't have dos or Win95 installed on the hard drive).

Then run the 3c5x9cfg.exe program from the second drivers disk, press <F4> and hang on (read the screen to see which keys to use).

I understand that the drivers are available on the Internet, but, since John Reeves gave me a copy, I didn't bother to look.


  • RandyKramer - 17 Mar 2002
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It seems all the cheap brands have automatically selected the RJ-45 or coax port (or enabled both) for a long time. (I think I did have to do this on some old card once, maybe it was a 3Com card -- it was so long ago I forgot about it until I started investigating the 3C509B.)

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