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Bug#248627: Debian Installer version 4 - Installation report

On Thu, Jun 03, 2004 at 23:52 +0200, Thorsten Schaefer wrote:
> I've done about six further installations. Everytime the Xircom PCMCIA
> network card (REM56G-100) is used, the network card worked during the
> initial installation process, didn't work after the first reboot (so during
> the installation part that follows) and after all following reboots
> works.

OK, so it's consistent. Strange.

> To verify if it is possible to get the network running after the first
> reboot I've run an /etc/init.d/networking restart (and also tried with stop
> and start) but the command didn't succeed. The message "Reconfiguring
> network interfaces" is displayed. Also an "init 1" and then "init 3" didn't
> make a difference.

Doing "/etc/init.d/networking restart" should not have any effect on
PCMCIA network interfaces because they are not managed by that
script. You need to either do ifdown/ifup manually on the interface,
or run "/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart".

> Trying the same installation with another network card (3Com PCMCIA
> Etherlink III 3C589D) showed different results. The card worked from the
> beginning on and during the complete installation process with dhcp.
> The Xircom card worked the complete time during the installation when the IP
> was configured to a fixed value.

Even more strange.

> Conclusion: Only DHCP seems to cause problems and only with the (tested)
> Xircom card. So this seems not to be a general issue with Debian, maybe the
> Xircom driver has a problem?

I don't know. You could, however, try some things to help me track
down the problem:

- Perform and installation, but don't complete base-config. Reboot the
  computer instead. Does the network card work?
- Check the logs. Try "grep cardmgr /var/log/syslog". Look for
  interesting entries in /var/log/{syslog,messages}.
- What does "ifconfig -a" say?
- How does /var/run/stab look?
- What happens when you do ifdown/ifup on the interface?
- What happens if you do "/etc/init.d/pcmcia restart"?

Thank you for your testing efforts!


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