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.


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.


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'.

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