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Bug 76137 - natsemi driver won't work unless in promiscuous mode
natsemi driver won't work unless in promiscuous mode
Product: Red Hat Linux
Classification: Retired
Component: kernel (Show other bugs)
i686 Linux
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Assigned To: Jeff Garzik
Brian Brock
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Reported: 2002-10-17 09:13 EDT by Thomas M Steenholdt
Modified: 2013-07-02 22:07 EDT (History)
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Last Closed: 2003-01-31 11:17:00 EST
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Description Thomas M Steenholdt 2002-10-17 09:13:24 EDT
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Description of problem:
My NetGear FA-311 adapter didn't seem to work at first... I had no errors in
dmesg or /var/log/messages, but i couldn't ping to or from the machine... I
wanted to see if i got any other data, broadcasts or something, so I started
tcpdump -i eth0 and suddenly all pings and everything worked fine.

I have tried the 2.4.20-pre11 kernel and the natsemi driver in that seems to
work - i havn't tried the redhat errata kernel yet, but i don't
think that it will make a difference regarding this problem as it seems to be
the same natsemi.c as in the 2.4.18-14 kernel

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How reproducible:

Steps to Reproduce:
1. install netgear fa311 adapter and install rh8.0
2. after install ping anything and notice how it just doesn't work
3. run tcpdump -i eth0 on the machine and notice how everything changes :)

Actual Results:  no data is transferred if not in promisc. mode

Expected Results:  data should be transferrer even if not in promisc. mode

Additional info:
Comment 1 Thomas M Steenholdt 2002-10-22 09:25:50 EDT
The failing configuration is an Dual-PPro 200 MHz machine - the error is seen
both with the smp and the uni kernel...

But I have an almost identical setup on a P-MMX 200MHz machine that seems to
work very well... (perhaps i'm missing something in the config-comparison, but
the seem to be very much alike) except that this on actually works without being
put into promisc. mode
Comment 2 Jeff Garzik 2002-10-25 14:02:37 EDT
Can you verify that the problem is fixed by the net driver in stock kernel
version 2.4.20-pre11?  (i.e. 2.4.19 + 2.4.20-pre11 patch)
Comment 3 Thomas M Steenholdt 2002-10-26 08:44:37 EDT
Yes - I have not seen any problems with the driver from stock kernel
2.4.20-pre11... I installed the 2.4.20-pre11 kernel on the system that failed
for me first(and still does) without altering any configuration on that
system... Booting the kernel 2.4.18-14(RedHat) will show the problem!
Booting 2.4.20-pre11 the problem is gone!
Comment 4 Michael Bedy 2002-11-12 22:56:43 EST
I would like to confirm this bug. Oddly enough, this is also on a Pro-200.
Perhaps it is specific to the processor or PPro chipset? I do not recall the
brandname of my ethernet card, but it is a natsemi chip. It worked fine in
RH7.3, does not in 8.0. Running tcpdump causes the network to suddenly start

I have not yet compiled a "stock" kernel, but I assume that this would work
around my problem, given the above information.
Comment 5 Thomas M Steenholdt 2002-11-13 09:54:25 EST
Even though the driver seems to have changed slightly in 2.4.19-0.pp.9(rawhide)
over 2.4.19(stock) the driver is still not nearly as updated as the 2.4.20-rc1
version... 1.0.15 vs 1.0.17 (looking inside the .c file) And it still doesn't work.

Actually, the problem might just be what Alan mentions in #75482 - And the
scenario descriped there seems to match some of the fixes in 1.0.17 of the driver
Comment 6 Jeff Garzik 2003-01-31 11:17:00 EST
This is fixed in our rawhide kernel, which includes the updated natsemi driver
from kernel 2.4.20, and also our latest errata release.

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