What 's a 3Com 3c515 worth these days?

From: Tothwolf <tothwolf_at_concentric.net>
Date: Tue Dec 25 18:29:55 2001

On Tue, 25 Dec 2001, Ernest wrote:

> > There were very few *ISA* 10/100 NICs ever made. The 3C515 is one of
> > them. One of the local junk shops has a couple behind the counter.
> > They are marked $20. I have no idea if that's a reasonable price or
> > if they are gouging (they also have some used RTC8139-based boards
> > next to them for $7, for comparison).
> >
> > Just curious, but not curious enough to drop $20 up front.
> $20.00 is reasonable in my opinion, since these cards can be hard to
> find. The problem that I ran into was finding drivers for them. I'm
> not sure if I have a 515 or different one but the drivers were
> difficult or impossible to find (for MSDOS) and the setup was arcane
> to say the least. On the other hand, Linux might support the old stuff
> like this much better. What OS were you hoping to use with the card?

I don't really consider these cards to be hard to find, you just won't
find them in most used computer shops. The 515 isn't too popular, since
there isn't much gain with it compared to a less expensive 509.

If you are looking for the setup utility and packet drivers for this card,
try here: http://support.3com.com/infodeli/tools/nic/3c515.htm If you are
looking for Linux drivers, have a look at a modern kernel and here:
http://www.scyld.com/network/3c515.html Crynwr Software
http://www.crynwr.com/ also has many packet drivers available, often for
cards that are not supported by the original manufacturer.

The setup for these cards is very similar to that of any of the Etherlink
series adapters 3com made. Almost all of their cards use the same menu
setup for the configuration software, so it's mostly just a matter of
getting used to 3com's way of doing things. One issue with the 515 that
tends to annoy people is that it needs a plug-n-pray bios and or an
enabler program to enable the card before a driver can recognize it.

Received on Tue Dec 25 2001 - 18:29:55 GMT

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