Re: Boomerang driver: can't recover from cabling error

Michael H. Warfield (
Thu, 7 Aug 1997 09:48:25 -0400 (EDT)


> Hi,

> I have this repeatable behavior of Ethernet driver when it has an
> error:

No doubt...

: Trace information deleted

> This repeats on each attempt to send packets. That is OK, but bad
> thing is it does not recover when cabling gets fixed. Removing/loading
> 3c59x module fixes that, but this is very sad solution, since it breaks
> existing users' sessions. Can this be fixed somehow?

> My setup: 2.0.30 kernel, this is what module prints on load:

> 3c900.c:v0.40 4/16/97
^^^^^ This is your problem. Known problem in this driver.

There is currently a 0.42 driver on Donald Becker's site but there
is now a 0.42m driver that I heard several people say is even better. I've
got the 0.42 driver in service and works great outside of an occasional
pause for time-out and recovery. This is suppose to be fixed in 0.42m and
I'm pressing it into service shortly. The URL for the 0.42m driver is

> loading device 'eth0'...
> eth0: 3Com 3c905 Boomerang 100baseTx at 0xef00, 00:60:97:5b:3f:ac, IRQ 9
> 8K word-wide RAM 3:5 Rx:Tx split, autoselect/MII interface.
> Rx Pacing bug exists, disabling bus-master receives.

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> Best regards, -- Boris.


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