Bug#292730: installation-reports: install ok; SiS900 Ethernet hack for MAC addr
Apparently, the 2.4.27 kernel in RC2 (at least) and also 2.4.27-2-k7
has a faulty sis900 driver which is unable to extract the MAC address
from the NVRAM.
eth0: SiS 900 PCI Fast Ethernet at 0xd400, IRQ 19, ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff.
This means that the installation is difficult with CDs (no net access)
or impossible (netinst CD in my case).
A temporary work-around exists:
beast1:/home/schaefer# cat /etc/rcS.d/S39macaddress
case $1 in
start) echo "Setting up buggy MAC address for now ..."
ifconfig eth0 hw ether 00:00:00:00:00:42;;
(don't forget to chmod a+rx /etc/rcS.d/S39macaddress and reboot)
However obviously the :42 here is a bad choice. AFAIK there was a
discussion and a patch in linux-kernel haven't tried it yet.
Notably people with an K7S41GX or similar from ASrock motherboard will
experience this issue.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: 3.1
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: i386 (i686)
Kernel: Linux 2.4.27-2-k7
Locale: LANG=en_US, LC_CTYPE=en_US (charmap=ISO-8859-1)