Bug 6715 - System locks up on boot time when bringing up eth0
Summary: System locks up on boot time when bringing up eth0
Alias: None
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel
Version: 6.1
Hardware: i386
OS: Linux
Target Milestone: ---
Assignee: Michael K. Johnson
QA Contact:
: 6823 (view as bug list)
Depends On:
TreeView+ depends on / blocked
Reported: 1999-11-04 11:57 UTC by wastelands
Modified: 2008-05-01 15:37 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Doc Type: Bug Fix
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Last Closed: 2000-02-06 05:29:55 UTC

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Description wastelands 1999-11-04 11:57:54 UTC
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:
and replace the eepro100.c with the one in your favorite

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

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 22:27:59 UTC
Assigned to dledford

Comment 2 Bill Nottingham 2000-02-06 05:29:59 UTC
*** Bug 6823 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***

Comment 3 Alan Cox 2000-08-22 19:00:09 UTC
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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