[lug] NIC fact/fiction

D. Duke Smith duke at firstworld.net
Fri Aug 4 09:33:37 MDT 2000

As for the extended time thing, it doesn't sound plausible.
The general rule about anything carrying current is that 
it's healthier to stop the current before dis/connecting
anything. However, my experience has been that the lighter
the electron load, the less risk. I've been live un/plugging
ethers & ||'s pretty regularly for years without frying
anything except my own brain. Can't imagine why leaving a
card unconnected longtemps would kill it. Loneliness?

matthew.w.mcillece at lmco.com wrote:
> Has anyone ever heard of a network card "burning out" from being
> disconnected from the ethernet for an extended period?  It seems silly to me
> because I had my network card powered up in my box for months before I had
> anything to connect it to and it still works fine.  But I heard second hand
> that if you disconnect the ethernet cable while the machine is powered up
> that it will burn out the network card.
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