Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 108586
(B44) bcm4401 card not coming up reliably
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:10:32 EST
Description of problem:
DHCP doesn't want to work on my Dell Dimension 2400C
which apparently has a bcm4401 net chip in it. Static
IP works fine funnily enough.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. Do NFS install of recent FC tree into Dell Dimension
2. Choose DHCP net configuration.
Net card continually goes up and down like a yoyo.
Should grab configuration from dhcp server right away as normal.
(DHCP is working fine here on my Dell PowerEdge and IBM Thinkpad.)
It does sometimes work if one is persistent in trying to get it
to come up: eg repeatedly running "ifup eth0".
Actually the DHCP thing is probably a red herring,
it is clear from repeated attempts with the installer
that the interface doesn't come up reliably with static
ip either at all.
On my switch I see the interface going up and down, up and down
repeatedly, until finally when it occasionally works it stays up
Does ifdown+ifup or unplug+replug bring up the interface?
*** Bug 112532 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
It seem to be working somewhat more consistently now,
though I still see:
# ifdown eth0
# ifup eth0
Determining IP information for eth0...[pause]b44: eth0: transmit timed
out, resetting[pause] done.
As possible data point, when I just sftp'd the latest openoffice
rpms from a local machine, I didn't get more than 3.7MB/s
(2GHz celeron box), whereas my old 1GHz PIII router managed
Note that Bug #118165 is probably causing trouble for this in recent
FC2 development kernels.
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DHCP setup is still very slow on this card.
b44 is working very reliably for me w/ FC3 kernel...
dhcp configuration is still very slow for me with FC3 and RHEL4