Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 484505
forcedeth: 2.6.29 killed the onboard NVidia ethernet
Last modified: 2009-05-28 17:23:04 EDT
After booting once into Fedora 11 alpha and rebooting normally half an hour later, the onboard NVidia ethernet (MCP51) stopped having a link permanently, regardless of OS. Rebooting and disconnecting the cable did not help. Re-flashing the BIOS fixed it.
This might be a problem in the 2.6.29 kernel. I found one similar occurrence:
Points of notice:
1. Network seemed to work fine while in Fedora 11 alpha, only stopped working after reboot.
2. Board is Asus M2NPV-VM, lshal shows:
udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_10de_269'
info.linux.driver = 'forcedeth' (string)
info.parent = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/computer' (string)
info.product = 'MCP51 Ethernet Controller' (string)
info.subsystem = 'pci' (string)
info.udi = '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/pci_10de_269' (string)
info.vendor = 'nVidia Corporation' (string)
linux.hotplug_type = 2 (0x2) (int)
linux.subsystem = 'pci' (string)
linux.sysfs_path = '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0' (string)
pci.device_class = 6 (0x6) (int)
pci.device_protocol = 0 (0x0) (int)
pci.device_subclass = 128 (0x80) (int)
pci.linux.sysfs_path = '/sys/devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:14.0' (string)
pci.product = 'MCP51 Ethernet Controller' (string)
pci.product_id = 617 (0x269) (int)
pci.subsys_product_id = 33130 (0x816a) (int)
pci.subsys_vendor = 'ASUSTeK Computer Inc.' (string)
pci.subsys_vendor_id = 4163 (0x1043) (int)
pci.vendor = 'nVidia Corporation' (string)
pci.vendor_id = 4318 (0x10de) (int)
I had a similar experience last night when attempting an install of F11 Beta. I was in gfx mode and anaconda crashed, NetworkManager tried to start eth1 and hung completely. 2 minutes earlier I had done "ifconfig eth0 192.168.0.10/24 up" and forgot that when i told NWMan to start eth0. I did a warm reboot and a second go at the installation, the same crash happened, I tried to send a bug report and there were no link lights, even after reconnecting the cable to either NIC (dual onboard nvidia gig's) - i couldn't even manually assign an IP addr to the IF. after doing a cold reboot, cutting the power and booting, the NIC's seemed to be back online. It sounds like a firmware related issue...
Similar here, after using the Fedora 11 Beta Live medium for Radeon test day (2009-04-01). Ironically, ethtool showed a link when I booted into the Live medium again FWIW, but not on the F-10 which usually runs on the machine. Reflashing the BIOS de-bricked the NIC again, fortunately.
Please try this build when it completes and see if your NIC continues to be bricked?
my NIC is not anymore bricked with kernel 188.8.131.52-140, now it's my video card :( bug #500728
(In reply to comment #5)
> After booting once into Fedora 11 alpha and rebooting normally half an hour
> later, the onboard NVidia ethernet (MCP51) stopped having a link permanently,
> regardless of OS. Rebooting and disconnecting the cable did not help.
> Re-flashing the BIOS fixed it.
When you say "regardless of OS," do you mean Windows fails to establish a link too?
(In reply to comment #5)
> When you say "regardless of OS," do you mean Windows fails to establish a link
Yes. There was no link in Fedora 10, which has always worked, in Fedora 11 alpha itself, or in Windows.
Chuck, looking at the posts at lkml on this issue, this does indeed seem to be the case.