Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 81422
3c59x module fails with 3c556B cards
Last modified: 2008-01-17 12:49:42 EST
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Description of problem:
the 3c59x module that was handling all network driver operations for many NICs
including the 3c556B Hurricane card isn't working with 3c556B at all anymore.
mii-tool output: No MII transceiver present!.
This seems to be a 2.4.20 kernel problem since I've had the same problems with
Gentoo 1.4-rc2 and a custom 2.4.20 kernel as well.
dmesg output: eth0: command 0x5800 did not complete! Status=0xffff
eth0: command 0x2804 did not complete! Statys=0xffff
and so on for about 10 lines.
Kernel 2.4.18 (Red Hat 8.0) was working fine with this network card.
This is happenning on an IBM Thinkpad A21m
MAC address reported by ifconfig for eth0 is FF:FF:FF:FF:FF:FF
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. boot an A21m laptop or probably any computer equipped with a 3c556B Hurricane
CardBus (rev 32) card
2.type `dhclient` or `ifconfig eth0 up` or `mii-tool`
3.watch as the driver seems to be unable to find or activate a transceiver.
Actual Results: Many errors, no network operation possible, network adapter
Expected Results: Network operational
I did contact Donald Becker, the author of the module, about this but I don't
really think he still maintains that module.
Thanks for the bug report. However, Red Hat no longer maintains this version of
the product. Please upgrade to the latest version and open a new bug if the problem
The Fedora Legacy project (http://fedoralegacy.org/) maintains some older releases,
and if you believe this bug is interesting to them, please report the problem in
the bug tracker at: http://bugzilla.fedora.us/