The output I get when tailing the Syslog simply says "ec0 is in Hardware Debug Mode" with no further output.
I ran tail with "-f" parameter so I could follow whilst trying different cables and switches but to no avail I'm afraid.
grepping the log for all mention of ec0 only tells me that no carrier was detected the first time IRIX booted in network mode after a clean install.
I should also mention that I ran the "System Diagnostics" suite from the PROM menu, which I believe completed without error ( I was asked to press "Return" when the test got to the ethernet controller with no other output, is this normal?), and running the Ethernet Controller Test and the Ethernet Controller Stress Test from the prompt also returned no output.
Unless anyone has any better ideas, I guess I've got a dead network controller
I managed to get a hinv dump over serial, for the curious:
Video: MVP unit 0 version 1.3
with no AV Card or Camera.
FLASH PROM version 4.13
On-board serial ports: 2
On-board EPP/ECP parallel port
1 200 MHZ IP32 Processor
FPU: MIPS R5000 Floating Point Coprocessor Revision: 1.0
CPU: MIPS R5000 Processor Chip Revision: 2.1
Data cache size: 32 Kbytes
Instruction cache size: 32 Kbytes
Secondary unified instruction/data cache size: 1 Mbyte on Processor 0
Main memory size: 256 Mbytes
Iris Audio Processor: version A3 revision 0
Integral Ethernet: ec0, version 1
CDROM: unit 4 on SCSI controller 0
Disk drive: unit 1 on SCSI controller 0
CRM graphics installed
Integral SCSI controller 1: Version ADAPTEC 7880
Integral SCSI controller 0: Version ADAPTEC 7880
Has anyone experienced similar issues before me?
I'm open to buying a working (or dead) O2 off of someone if they're willing, I've fallen in love with the blue toaster and I can't see myself living with a SLIP connection forever!