Re: [PATCH][2.5][Trivial] VIA Rhine Kconfig entry

From: Roger Luethi (
Date: Tue Dec 10 2002 - 08:28:14 EST

On Sat, 07 Dec 2002 22:15:42 -0500, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> I agree about IO-APIC -- though I also think the reports that replacing
> via-rhine with linuxfet, and changing nothing else, helps the situation.
> It might be something cosmetic like silly dev->tx_timeout handling, or
> it might be something useful like a chip-specific patch [often happens
> with on-mobo chips] or even a north/south-bridge-specific fixup.

There are two different kinds of Rhine problems that are reportedly fixed
by turning apic support off:

a) No link, card's dead in the water
b) Netdev watchdog triggered despite recent Tx abort fix

No telling whether the cause is the same for both cases. I don't have
sufficient data on mobos or chip sets involved and where linuxfet helps. As
I am currently short on APIC hardware myself, I'll focus on clean ups and
improved diagnostics for now.

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