Bug 126115 - FC2 Fails to bring up eth0 (natsemi)
Summary: FC2 Fails to bring up eth0 (natsemi)
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel   
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Version: 2
Hardware: i686 Linux
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Assignee: Jeff Garzik
QA Contact: Brian Brock
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Reported: 2004-06-16 08:40 UTC by Robert Thomas
Modified: 2013-07-03 02:20 UTC (History)
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Last Closed: 2004-12-07 18:52:40 UTC
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Description Robert Thomas 2004-06-16 08:40:23 UTC
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Description of problem:
I dont know if this is kudzu related or not, but this was the closest
category I could think of.

FC2 fails to bring up eth0 and obtain an IP address.  I can manually
start eth0 and transmit packets, but cannot receive any.  It appears
to be interrupt related (hunch).

I can install the kernel from FC1, boot with that kernel and eth0
comes up and works.  I can then boot with the FC2 kernel and eth0 works!

I tried all combo's of acpi=off pci=noacpi apm=off.
I also tried the chmod -x /sbin/mii-tool


Dual Pentium III 1.13GHz/133
1 GigaByte DDR
NVidia GeForce 5700 FX
Sound Blaster Live!
Hauppage WinTV
Two IDE Hard Drives
NetGear FA-XXX (natsemi driver)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: National Semiconductor Corporation
DP83815 (MacPhyter) Ethernet Controller
        Subsystem: Netgear: Unknown device f312
        Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 129
        I/O ports at d000
        Memory at e3000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Install Fedora Core 2
2. Reboot 
3. eth0 will not come up (natsemi)

Actual Results:  eth0 is deferred

Expected Results:  eth0 to come up and obtain an IP address.

Additional info:

Comment 1 Robert Thomas 2004-06-16 08:42:22 UTC
Forgot, Via Apollo Pro266T North Bridge.

Comment 2 Alan Cox 2004-06-19 02:56:04 UTC
Is there anything interesting in "dmesg" or /var/log/messages about
the ethernet ?

Comment 3 Robert Thomas 2004-06-19 05:56:48 UTC
I have tested SUSE also, it will not bring up the nic either.  I have 
installed the 2.6.6 kernel from kernel.org and it will not bring the 
nic up either.  It seems that once I boot with 2.4.2X kernel, any 2.6 
can boot thereafter. 
Nothing in dmesg.  Just the deferred message during init. 
My guess is that it has to do with IRQ routing (BIOS & registers), 
the kernel and kudzu.  My BIOS is old (2001). 

Comment 4 Robert Thomas 2004-06-30 04:53:16 UTC
My workaround is to install FC2 and reboot. 
Install FC1 2.4 kernel from CD and reboot. 
Let kudzu find new network device, make sure nic works. 
Reboot with 2.6 kernel, and everything is happy. 

Comment 6 Neil Horman 2004-10-18 20:38:30 UTC
I can try doing a clean FC2 install here, but I've tried deleting my
kudzu config several times now, and rebooting under varying kernels
from pre FC2 releases, to the latest out of bitkeeper, and they all
seem to run the card properly, I have no problems send or receiving

When you see this problem occur, can you cat /proc/interrupts and see
if the requisite interrupt counter increments while you try to send or
receive traffic?  If it doesn't then your most likely correct, in that
this is a BIOS issue.

Comment 7 Robert Thomas 2004-10-31 14:23:33 UTC
I do not have this hardware anymore and cannot test.  Sorry.


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