5 Replies Latest reply on Dec 21, 2015 1:19 PM by EstebanC_Intel

    DH67CL - booting issue


      Hi.. I have an Intel DH67CL motherboard and three DFE580CL quad nic cards.

      the DH67CL has 3 PCI slots.


      If I put one DFE580CL card in a PCI slot the system can boot but if I put a second DFE580CL card in another PCI slot the system is unable to boot. The screen doesn't display anything. My power suppply is 500W.


      Could anybody advise on this issue please?




        • 1. Re: DH67CL - booting issue


          Intel does not recommend to use more than one network card in a desktop board as only server system has dedicate pipes or buses to handle that kind of load, probably that is the reason of the problem. If you need a multiple ports you could try a router or switch, but if what you are looking for is a full duplex connection you could try a network card with 2 jacks for dedicated access, but need to check with your ISP (Internet Service Provider) if that is possible in your area.

          • 2. Re: DH67CL - booting issue

            Wondering what you ended up doing?  I upgraded to this same board, installed 16GB RAM with I5 2400 processor.  Using the same NIC's I had on the previous motherboard Intel® Desktop Board DQ35JO - which by the way never crashed.  Only reason I upgraded was I needed more RAM to run 64bit Virtual Machines on ESX5.  My DH67CL boots but is locking up?  I've ran a cpu stress test - fine.  Ran memtest86 - fine.  Monitored the temp - fine.  I saw this post and previous reply "NOT to have multiple NIC's installed in this board"?  I'm curious why my OLD DQ35JO board ran fine with multiple NIC's for two years and this brand new DH67CL does not support multiple NIC's.  Where can I validate the previous response?

            • 3. Re: DH67CL - booting issue

              Hello buckmaster60:


              Thank you for contacting the Intel Communities.


              Regarding the scenario you are encountering with.


              The amount of PCIe lanes that a system would be able to handle depends on the different components in the computer.


              Now in order to find out which would be the issue in this case we should check the following:


              Which are the PICe configurations that your Motherboard supports?


              For Intel® Desktop Board DH67CL would be:


              -One PCI Express 2.0 x16 add-in card connector

              -Two PCI Express 2.0 x1 add-in card connectors

              -Three Conventional PCI bus connectors not exceeding x16


              Also, you should check with the exact model of the NIC cards used if they are able to share the bandwidth or not between the PCIe lanes.


              This would also be affected by the processor.


              For Intel® Core™ i5-2400 Processor


              1x16 PCIe

              2x8 PCIe


              Information found in datasheet for processor page 12


              Please verify the amount of lanes your NICs use and compare it with the capabilities of your system.


              Some links related:

              Datasheet for Motherboard: https://downloadmirror.intel.com/19488/eng/DH67CL_TechProdSpec04.pdf

              2nd Gen Intel® Core™ Processor Family Desktop Datasheet, Vol. 1



              Esteban C

              • 4. Re: DH67CL - booting issue

                Starting with the 6 Series chipset, native support for the PCI bus was dropped from the feature set. In order for boards based on 6 Series or later chipsets to provide PCI bus connectors, a (third-party) PCIe to PCI bridge IC is necessary. Unfortunately, these ICs have many compatibility issues (especially with very old PCI cards) and limitations on the throughput supported. It's likely that one of these issues is preventing your multiple NIC cards from operating...



                • 5. Re: DH67CL - booting issue

                  Hello N.Scott.Pearson:


                  Thank you for the information provided.



                  Esteban C