Re: network cards that write their EEPROM too easily

Mike Kilburn (
Mon, 16 Jun 1997 21:35:46 +0200 (SAT)

On Mon, 16 Jun 1997, Bruce Perens wrote:

> A number of Debian users have complained that the device probe routines
> in our "generic" kernel cause garbage to be written into the EEPROM of
> their NE2000 or WD8013 cards. Can someone tell me about the bit-patterns
> used to enable EEPROM write in these devices, and do you know of drivers
> that are likely to collide with these cards?

Most of the problems I have seen have been cdrom drivers colliding with
ne2000 clones. The best solution is to have all cdrom drivers as modules
and let the user pick one from initrd at install time.