I got my wife a new Core Duo laptop to replace her 503+/k6-2 450 box. I\nplanned to replace my old p75 ipcop linux firewall that had been running\nfor years. I never got around to it because it just sat in the closet and\ndid its thing. But Tuesday there was a big lightning strike followed by a\npopping sound over by the computers. Wireless router, onboard nic on my\ndesktop, and the old p75-\-all dead.\n\nI did have one 503 related issue. At first I couldn't get ipcop to detect\nthe old ne2000 isa network card I had. I was pretty sure it worked, at\nleast it did in the computer I pulled it out of. Eventually I went into\nthe pnp/pci section of the bios, chose the bios defaults and enabled reset\nconfiguration data. I rebooted and ipcop detected the card. I don't recall\nrunning into this with other computers, but I've just been lucky.\n\nI found a new nic for my desktop machine, found three total for the 503+,\none for the external red interface, one for the green network my main\ncomputer is on, one for the blue wireless network my wife's laptop will be\non as soon as I round up another wireless router or access point. What's\ngreat is the 503+ has enough power to run the squid transparent proxy and\nalso the snort intrusion detection scanner. Squid especially has really\nsped things up. Anyway, try ipcop, it's cool as hell and a great way to\nuse an old but still working computer.