Bug 580563 - PXE-boot kickstart fails to use ethernet-device eth0 (driver e1000e)
Summary: PXE-boot kickstart fails to use ethernet-device eth0 (driver e1000e)
Alias: None
Product: Fedora
Classification: Fedora
Component: kernel
Version: 13
Hardware: x86_64
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Andy Gospodarek
QA Contact: Fedora Extras Quality Assurance
Whiteboard: https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common...
Keywords: CommonBugs
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 2010-04-08 14:22 UTC by Urs Fitze
Modified: 2014-06-29 23:02 UTC (History)
16 users (show)

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Last Closed: 2011-06-27 15:29:17 UTC

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Description Urs Fitze 2010-04-08 14:22:09 UTC
Description of problem:
Using recent laptop hardware (Lenovo X201, T410) with Fedora 13-Alpha (and
frozen Beta) we find that with a PXE-driven kickstart although the PXE-kernel
is booted the actual installer/loader (i.e. anaconda) fails to detect eth0
resp. to actually use it. 
On the main console (ALT+F1) it says: 'Waiting for NetworkManager to configure wlan0' which can't work, since the kickstart-file comes via ethernet-NFS
On ALT+F3 it says: 'only have one network device: wlan0'
Btw. wireless (<-> wlan0) is disbaled in the BIOS and by hardware-switch, so
it's a miracle on its own that it is seen at all ;-)

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

How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. Setup kickstart-infrastructure (tfpboot/DHCP/NFS-server)
2. Boot selecting Ethernet/PCI LAN as boot device
3. Load PXE-kernel and boot it
Actual results:
cf. above

Expected results:
As on older hardware (Lenovo X200) eth0 gets detected and all runs fine

Additional info:
We tried the Fedora 13-Alpha KDE-Live-CD on the same hardware: Ethernet was detected/usable by both the Live-system and the installed (from it) one, eth0
is using module/driver e1000e, lspci knows the device as (on the T410):
00:19.0 Ethernet Controller: Intel Corporation Device 10ea (rev06)
From `dmesg` we get:
0000:00:19.0 eth0: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
0000:00:19.0 eth0: MAC: 9, PHY: 10, PBA No: a002ff-0ff
Since the hardware seems fine we suspect anaconda to be the point of failure

Comment 1 Chris Lumens 2010-04-08 14:25:03 UTC
anaconda does very little these days when it comes to module loading.

Comment 2 Derrien 2010-05-19 16:35:54 UTC
We have the same problem with a Dell E6410 with F13 beta; it's work with F12 :

[root@e6410-spare1 (Fedora 12) ~]$ lspci | grep Ethernet
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation Device 10ea (rev 05)

If it's not anaconda what is it ?
Will this pb be solved before F13 Final Release ?

Comment 3 Andy Gospodarek 2010-06-04 20:10:27 UTC
So this works with a live image but when pxe-booting the ethernet doesn't work?

Comment 4 Urs Fitze 2010-06-07 06:40:39 UTC
Yes Andy, the initial problem (and statements) also hold for F13 final.

Comment 5 Andy Gospodarek 2010-06-16 19:20:16 UTC
I've got a fix for this.  Just need to figure out how to integrate it into F13 so that users can actually install F13 over the network after over PXE booting.

Comment 6 Andy Gospodarek 2010-06-16 19:22:18 UTC
Backporting this fix does it:

commit 627c8a041f7aaaea93c766f69bd61d952a277586
Author: Bruce Allan <bruce.w.allan@intel.com>
Date:   Wed May 5 22:00:27 2010 +0000

    e1000e: Reset 82577/82578 PHY before first PHY register read

Comment 7 James Laska 2010-06-18 12:32:23 UTC
Using a kernel provided by agospoda, which contains the patch from comment#6, I rebuilt the Fedora 13 pxeboot images.  They are available for test at http://jlaska.fedorapeople.org/updates/580563/

Can someone please test and confirm this addresses the reported problem.

If confirmed, I will document this issue on http://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F13_bugs

Comment 8 Andy Gospodarek 2010-06-18 12:39:14 UTC
Thanks, James!

Comment 9 Urs Fitze 2010-06-18 13:37:35 UTC
Dear James

I tested the 64-Bit files and the bug is gone! eth0 gets recognized and kickstart runs like it should.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Comment 10 Urs Fitze 2010-06-18 14:08:55 UTC
Dear James

I tested the 64-Bit files and the bug is gone! eth0 gets recognized and kickstart runs like it should.

Thanks a lot for your help!

Comment 11 James Laska 2010-06-18 14:37:49 UTC
Urs: Thanks for the feedback!

I have documented this issue and the workaround at https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Common_F13_bugs#pxeboot-e1000e

Comment 12 Eric Doutreleau 2010-06-18 14:46:39 UTC
the i686 files work for me too 
thanks for the fix

Comment 13 Scott Dodson 2010-06-22 23:00:58 UTC
I've confirmed that this new kernel and initrd fixes the problems I saw on my Lenovo T410. Verified with x86_64.

Comment 14 Kevin R. Page 2010-08-03 20:28:39 UTC
I also hit this problem using boot.fedoraproject.org -- the updates in comment #7 fix the issue, but could the fixes be pushed to the images at b.f.o too?

Comment 15 Andy Gospodarek 2010-08-26 20:40:47 UTC
(In reply to comment #14)
> I also hit this problem using boot.fedoraproject.org -- the updates in comment
> #7 fix the issue, but could the fixes be pushed to the images at b.f.o too?

That's a good question, Kevin.  I'll snoop around.

Comment 16 Andy Gospodarek 2010-08-26 20:51:41 UTC
The following email was sent to admin@fedoraproject.org:


F13 kernels booted on some specific systems whose network hardware was
initialized with PXE have been failing to load the e1000e driver
properly.  This was noted here:


and kernel updates were provided that allowed the systems to PXE boot
and install properly.  Can these kernels be pushed to
boot.fedoraproject.org too?

For more info about this bug and the specific request see:



Comment 17 Eric Doutreleau 2010-10-20 13:00:44 UTC
Well i have the same problem even with the updated kernel

the identification is 
Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe

the pci id is 14e4:1692

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