Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 6715
System locks up on boot time when bringing up eth0
Last modified: 2008-05-01 11:37:52 EDT
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).
Assigned to dledford
*** Bug 6823 has been marked as a duplicate of this bug. ***
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