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Description of problem:
Many PCI cards using the via-rhine driver need full_duplex=1 option, especially with busy networks.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. kickstart RH7.2 on several machines with DFE 530 net card in the same subnet
Actual Results: The new kickstart shipping with RedHat 7.2 does find the DFE 530 card, request for a driver disk
and automatically load the via-rhine driver.
So far so good... but no way to set the full_duplex option to 1.
So nfs installation crashed randomly when the card looses the network connection in half duplex mode.
In Redhat 7.1 kickstart, I used to press F2, insert the driver disk, select the via-rhine driver, clicks on "option" and type full_duplex=1 and
everything was fine...
Now with the automatic detection and loading, no way to set the full_duplex...
I did try to add some lines in the via-rhine section of the modinfo file of the driver disk such as:
full_duplex "full_duplex (0=no; 1=yes)
but I never got any success...
You should be able to put
device eth via-rhine --opts full_duplex=1
in your kickstart config.
I did try your suggestion with no success.
the "correct syntax", at least that one that do not give a TypeError in kickstart.py is
network --device eth0 via-rhine opts full_duplex=1 ( no -- before opts)
but it does not solve the infamous "Transmit timeout problem". It looks like opts parameter is simply ignored .
I also tried network --device eth0 via-rhine options full_duplex=1
I think the problem is with the via-rhine driver. Donald Becker has released a new version (1.08) that use an extra
pci-scan.o module, but so far these modules do not load on 2.4 Kernels ( bad dependencies...).
I give up using these cards DLINK DFE-530TX cards... ( see http://lhd.zdnet.com/db/dispproduct.php3?DISP?296)
for many others that have bad opinions on this card...
I think you should discontinue supporting the via-rhine driver in KickStart until the driver becomes more reliable.
No, the device line should be a completely separate line in your kickstart
config, not at the end of the network line.