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

February 18, 2002
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alta-diag - EEPROM setup and diagnostic program for ethernet cards based on the chip Sun‐ dance 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 come. -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).
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