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       alta-diag  -  EEPROM  setup  and  diagnostic  program for ethernet cards based on the chip
       Sundance ST201 "Alta".


       alta-diag [options]


       alta-diag is a program that you can use to diagnose problems  with  ethercards  based  the
       Sundance ST201 "Alta" Chip as well as reconfiguring it.


       These  programs  follow the usual GNU command line syntax, with long options starting with
       two dashes (`-').  A summary of options is included below.

       -h, --help
              Show summary of options.

       -V, --version
              Show version of program.

       -v, --verbose
              Verbose mode.

       -D     Debug mode.

       -q, --quiet
              Be very unverbose.

       -a, --all
              Print all registers.

       -e, --show-eeprom
              Dump EEPROM contents to stdout.

       -E, --emergency-rewrite
              Re-write a corrupted EEPROM.

       -p, --port-base <port>
              Specify port to use.

       -# <cardnum>
              Use card number <cardnum>.

       -A, --Advertise <mediaype>
              Advertise  media  type.  Valid  Options  are:  10baseT,  100baseTx,   100baseTx-FD,
              100baseTx-HD, 10baseT-FD and 10baseHD.

       -F, --new-interface <interface>
              Interface  number.  Options  that  make sense are: 10baseT, 100baseTx, 10baseT-FDX,
              100baseTx-FDX, 100baseT4, 100baseFx, 100baseFx-FDX, MII and Autosense.

       -H, --new-hwaddress <address>
              Set card to a new hardware address.

       -m, --show-mii
              Dump MII management registers.

       -R, --reset
              Reset the transceiver.

       -T, --test
              Do register and SRAM test.

       -t, --chip-type <type>
              Use chip type. Only available option is "Sundance Technology Alta",  but  more  may

       -w, --write-EEPROM <values>
              Write to the EEPROMS with the specified values. Do not use this, if you do not know
              what you do!

       -# [card-number]
              Specify card to work on.

       -B     Dumps the flash to the screen.

       -L <file>
              Load file and write it into the flash.

       -S <file>
              Saves the flash to a file.  -t, --chip-type <card> Explicitly set the chip. To  get
              all valid numbers, run alta-diag with the options '-t -1'.




       alta-diag  was  written and is still maintained by Donald Becker <>.  This
       manual page was written by Alain Schroeder <>, for  the  Debian  GNU/Linux
       system (but may be used by others).

                                        February 18, 2002                            ALTA-DIAG(8)