Re: network problem (probably with eepro100) in 2.3.99-pre5?

From: Daniel Stone (
Date: Wed Apr 26 2000 - 05:27:53 EST

I'm using an Intel 82559 (EtherExpress PRO/100) and I'm experiencing a
strange problem.

I went into its setup (Ctrl-S at boot), and disabled its setup message as
it was annoying me. I boot Linux with the EEPro PCI driver in for the
first time, and BOOM, it hangs halfway through its initialisation. I go
back, enable the setup message, and it works.

But I have an rc script - ifconfig eth0 down, set its ip, back up. It hung
when it got there. I booted into single mode, and found that even though
it works, it froze on the first ifconfig.

I'm now on a RealTek, and there were NO IRQ conflicts, the card was on IRQ
9, nothing else was using that, as I only have the video card (which has
no IRQ) and that's it. It was assigned to IRQ 9 (my mobo doesn't do PnP,
you assign PCI IRQs manually) and Edge/Auto - no IRQ sharing.

Can anyone shed some light?
Thanks :)

On Mon, 24 Apr 2000, Andrey Savochkin wrote:

> Hello,
> On Fri, Apr 21, 2000 at 08:40:09AM -0700, wrote:
> > I don't know if other people have experienced the same problem. I have seen
> > problems with 2.3.99-pre5 with
> > probably eepro100 drivers. When Linux boots up, I got message like "eth0:
> > card reports no RX buffers". Then none of
> > my network cards was brought up. I have 3 nics in my system, 2 eepro100 and
> > 1 acenic. The two eepr100 cards are eth0 and eth1
> > respectively and eth2 is acenic. They all appear to initialize fine from
> > dmesg or log. If I logon and do a network restart, all the cards
> > can still be brought up fine. I have no clue why during the boot time, they
> > won't start. Any ideas?
> Could you provide the exact card name/revision and messages from card
> initialization code?
> Also, please try the attached patch and report if the driver issues the
> message about wait_for_cmd_done timeout. Last time I heard about such
> initialization problems they were timeout-related.
> Best regards
> Andrey V.
> Savochkin

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