Re: Newbie questions
On Sun, 9 Mar 2003 20:43:24 +0100
Inge Thorin Eidsaether <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Hi all!
> I'm a newcomer to Debian from FreeBSD, and have a couple of questions
> some of you guys may know the answer to:
> 1 - I keep getting console messages about
> 'eth0: link up, 100Mbps, full duplex, lpa 0x41E1' and
> 'eth0: link down'. These two messages alternate regularly.
> When the link is down, of course I cannot connect to anything.
> Also, how do I avoid getting these annoying messages?
I get that result when trying to use a 10/100 NIC with a 10/100 hub or router. Both the NIC and the hub/router are trying to auto-negotiate the speed and mode, and they just pointed fingers at each other without agreeing to anything. I found I needed to force my NIC to 10Mbps and half-duplex to make things work.
In order to force the NIC to use a particular mode, you need to pass an option to the pcnet32 module when it loads. I looked a while for the syntax but didn't find it. Perhaps someone else here knows.