Bug 6715 - System locks up on boot time when bringing up eth0
System locks up on boot time when bringing up eth0
Status: CLOSED ERRATA
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
6.1
i386 Linux
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Assigned To: Michael K. Johnson
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: 6823 (view as bug list)
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Reported: 1999-11-04 06:57 EST by wastelands
Modified: 2008-05-01 11:37 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2000-02-06 00:29:55 EST
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Description wastelands 1999-11-04 06:57:54 EST
The machine locks up on boot time when bringing up the
eth0 (Intel EtherExpress Pro 100) interface. There are no
virual interfaces such as eth0:0 eth0:0 aso. For some
strange reason it doesn't always lock up, when you skip the
BIOS' memory check at boot time.


------- Additional Comments From   11/11/99 05:38 -------
!!! FIXED !!!

This is a bug in the Linux-Kernel. Rumours say, that Donald Becker the
author of the eepro100 driver, had an argument with Linus Torvalds
about the way Kernel-Patches should be applied and therefore doesn't
include _ANY_ updates of that driver in new Kernel releases.

Download the driver at:
http://cesdis.gfsc.nasa.gov/linux/drivers/eepro100.html
and replace the eepro100.c with the one in your favorite
kernel-source.

This driver (v1.09l) is a stable release and shouldn't hang your
machine.

Should you experience the problem, that the driver resets your
transmitter on high network load, then I highly recommend the
unofficial release v1.09r. This fixes the problem. Note that v1.09r is
a development release for the 2.3 Kernel - it works GREAT for me
though (using Kernel 2.2.13).
Comment 1 Cristian Gafton 2000-01-04 17:27:59 EST
Assigned to dledford
Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2000-02-06 00:29:59 EST
*** Bug 6823 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
Comment 3 Alan Cox 2000-08-22 15:00:09 EDT
Actually the driver has another maintainer nowdays, not Donald for 2.2
The problem described (shared IRQ card hang on boot) was fixed in later kernels
by HJ Lu

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