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Bug 108586 - (B44) bcm4401 card not coming up reliably
(B44) bcm4401 card not coming up reliably
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: John W. Linville
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2003-10-30 08:19 EST by Jens Petersen
Modified: 2007-11-30 17:10 EST (History)
6 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2004-12-13 14:34:00 EST
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Description Jens Petersen 2003-10-30 08:19:45 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):

How reproducible:
Every time.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Do NFS install of recent FC tree into Dell Dimension
2. Choose DHCP net configuration.
Actual results:
Net card continually goes up and down like a yoyo.

Expected results:
Should grab configuration from dhcp server right away as normal.

Additional info:
(DHCP is working fine here on my Dell PowerEdge and IBM Thinkpad.)
Comment 1 Jens Petersen 2003-10-31 01:17:12 EST
It does sometimes work if one is persistent in trying to get it
to come up: eg repeatedly running "ifup eth0".
Comment 2 Jens Petersen 2003-10-31 01:41:53 EST
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
for good.
Comment 3 Jeff Garzik 2004-01-12 14:20:12 EST
Does ifdown+ifup or unplug+replug bring up the interface?
Comment 4 Jeff Garzik 2004-01-12 14:20:30 EST
*** Bug 112532 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 5 Jens Petersen 2004-01-15 01:44:01 EST
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.
Comment 6 Jens Petersen 2004-01-30 03:54:42 EST
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
Comment 10 Warren Togami 2004-04-14 22:19:56 EDT
Note that Bug #118165 is probably causing trouble for this in recent
FC2 development kernels.
Comment 12 David Lawrence 2004-09-29 15:35:14 EDT
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem

The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases, 
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/
Comment 13 Jens Petersen 2004-10-06 03:31:27 EDT
DHCP setup is still very slow on this card.
Comment 14 John W. Linville 2004-12-13 14:34:00 EST
b44 is working very reliably for me w/ FC3 kernel...
Comment 15 Jens Petersen 2004-12-14 07:53:54 EST
dhcp configuration is still very slow for me with FC3 and RHEL4

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