Some history first. 2 years ago I purchased Dimension 8200 equipped with WOL enabled 3COM NIC. To make the WOL work I had to activate Remote wake up option in the BIOS as well as on the card. So it worked fine. Now the problematic part: few days ago I purchased a brand new Dimension 8300 , this time without wol-enabled NIC. I went to a store and picked up a WOL enabled D-link 538TX which I then installed into the new PC. The I went to the BIOS to activate the wol support and ... gues what.. there is no such option there at all. I enabled all the wake up options on the NIC driver and tried it (It didn't work of course, since the light on the nic would not be on when the pc was turned off). I went on dell's site and downloaded newly posted A3 version of the BIOS thinking that this might solve it. Nope. Still no Remote wake up option in the BIOS.
Could you please advise. I wonder if anyone was able to WOL with Dimension 8300 and if so what NIC do you use and do you see the Remote Wake up option in the BIOS?
DFE 550-TX is PCI 2.2 complient (that what it says, anyway). So is the 3COM card installed on my older 8200 (i.e. it doesn't need the wire and is powered via PCI bus). The problem is that 8300 BIOS doesn't show wake up on lan at all. Dell's tech suport person explained to me over the phone that if it was the 3COM wol enabled card distributed by Dell then it would have been showing in the BIOS. But she was unable to explain why one card with PCI 2.2 support would show up while the other one (also with 2.2 support) wouldn't. Can anyone confirm this that if I go to Dell's website and order the 3COM NIC (with wol support) then it would work. In other words I don't need to change the motherboard or something...
Thanks for your replies