Re: [PATCH] pcnet32.c: MAC address may be in CSR registers

From: Richard B. Johnson (
Date: Thu Feb 15 2001 - 08:42:26 EST

On Wed, 14 Feb 2001, Eli Carter wrote:

> Eli Carter wrote:
> > I'm dealing with an AMD chip that does not have the station address in
> > the PROM at the base address, but resides in the "Physical Address
> > Registers" in the chip (thanks to the bootloader in my case). This
> > patch makes the driver try those registers if the station address read
> > from the PROM is 00:00:00:00:00:00.
> > I think others dealing with similar setups may find this helpful. The
> > other lance-derived drivers might benefit from a similar patch, but I
> > don't have that hardware for testing.
> <aside>
> Added Peter since he's given feedback on a past pcnet32 patch.
> </aside>
> Two patches, one for 2.2.18 (patch-pcnet32-mac22), and one for 2.4.1
> (patch-pcnet32-mac24) which should each apply cleanly.
> Changes:
> - Moved address validity check to a function. (Should this go somewhere
> other drivers can call it?)
> - Check the second address and set the address to 00:00:00:00:00:00 if
> it fails
> - Check the address at open time as well, failing with -EINVAL.
> I think that should address Alan's initial feedback.
> What else?
> TIA,

Thanks for copying me on this. If, in the future, it seems reasonable,
I will supply a patch for the new read/write SEEPROM stuff needed for
embedded systems.

If you need to check if this device has a SEEPROM. If it doesn't,
you need to set up about 15 registers that would have been set
upon hard-reset, by the contents of the SEEPROM. Otherwise you
have a very dumb poorly performing chip.

Dick Johnson

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course you get it all back when you reboot..."; Actual explanation
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