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38 2011-12-02 12:34 Wake-on-LAN Dell Dimension 8300 PCI Card

I've long been using WOL (Wake-on-LAN) with my Dimension 8300's integrated fast ethernet (100 Mb/s) adapter. I was using BIOS version A01, and WOL worked fine with no special BIOS settings.

Aside: I used to have a gigabit PCI card, but needed the PCI slot for something else and, besides, hadn't upgraded the rest of my network to gigabit and thus had not much use for it (other than when I'd used two NICs at the same time occasionally, for ICS (Internet Connection Sharing) or for configuring network hardware).

Anyway, I've upgraded to gigabit and WOL didn't work with my WOL-capable PCI NIC. It seemed the motherboard was capable, as my switch still showed the NIC connected at 100 Mbps with the computer shut down (though no LEDs lit on the NIC).

Upgrading BIOS to the final version A07 (10/1/2004) didn't fix WOL (although, by the way, it did seem to fix the problem of USB keyboard working in GRUB only from reboot and not from cold startup).

The following, however, worked like a charm. First my notes:

from http://telement.wordpress.com/2010/06/14/dell-dimension-8300-wake-on-lan/

Dell Dimension 8300 wake on LAN
2010 JUNE 14, 15:27 +8
How to allow the Dell 8300 to power up from hibernate and power off mode when receiving a Magic Packet via the network card, in Windows XP Pro SP3.
Dell Dimension 8300, BIOS A07 (circa 2003/2004)
on board Intel PRO/100 VE Network Card
*Disclaimer: The following instructions are provided without any warranty. Please do it at your own risk. The writer is merely sharing what worked for him, and your milage may vary.
To allow the 8300 to wake up from a hibernate (S4) or power off (S5) state, check the following:
  • Search for DCCU (Dell Client Configuration Utility) at Dell - http://support.dell.com/ (The DCCU version tested here was 3.1)
  • Install and run it in Windows XP, set the following:
    WakeupOnLAN 6 = Enabled for all NICs
    *Recommended to change this item alone only. Leave the other settings untouched to prevent accidentally messing up your BIOS. This item is DISABLED by default, and it is NOT visible in the 8300 BIOS.
  • If you do an Inventory reading (using the DCCU) of your 8300 BIOS, theWakeupOnLANMethod should be 3 (Magic Packet), and is unchangable (Just have a look to confirm).
  • After setting the above WakeupOnLAN value 6, create the SETTING executable with the DCCU. Then run it. It will update your BIOS on-the-fly in XP.
  • Perform a reboot after this. Go into BIOS.
  • Check to ensure in BIOS > Power Management > Low Power Mode is DISABLED. (The BIOS help for this item says if left enabled, it will not power up from hibernate or off). Save BIOS settings and exit.
  • Boot into Windows XP.
  • In your Network Card Properties, Power Management tab, check Allow this device to bring the computer out of standby. Click OK to close the windows.
  • Youíre done. Put it into hibernate or shutdown, and the LAN lights should be still on (so will your network routerís indicator lights for the PC).
  • Test it using another PC, with Magic Packet tools from http://www.depicus.com (Great Site!)

Extra Titbits
The 8300 have a soft power function. Meaning when in a power off mode (S5), it can be started by software.
Try this little fun exercise:
  • Open up Start > Program > Accesories > System Tools > Scheduled Tasks, set it to run theCalculator program, five minutes from your current time.
  • In the SETTINGS tab, tick the box marked Wake the computer to run this task.
  • Click OK and shutdown your PC.
  • Sit back and enjoy seeing your 8300 come alive in 5 minutes, all by itself. Pure magic!


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