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Bug#418814: Xircom RE-100 network interface fails silently on Etch Netinst

Package: installation-reports

Boot method: Etch Netinst CD
Image version:
Date: April 10, 2007

Machine: IBM Thinkpad 600E
Processor: Pentium II
Memory: 160MB

Base System Installation Checklist: [O]=OK, [E]=Error
Initial boot:           [O]
Detect network card:    [O]
Configure network:      [E] - accepts static IP, but
isn't actually working (see below)
Detect CD:              [O]
Load installer modules: [O]
Detect hard drives:     [O]
Partition hard drives:  [O]
Clock/timezone setup:   [O]
User/password setup:    [O]
Install base system:    [O]
Configure Package Mgr:  [E] - fails because network
interface not working
Install tasks:          [ ]
Install boot loader:    [ ]
Overall install:        [ ]

Comments/Problems:  Network interface does not work. 
My card is PCMCIA Xircom Re-100, driven by the
xirc2ps_cs module.

"Configure network" accepted static IP
(, but at "configure the package
manager" I get "Bad Archive Mirror" for all mirrors. 
To further diagnose, I choose "execute a shell" and
try to ping the gateway:

# /target/bin/ping
PING ( 56(84) bytes of
>From icmp_seq=1 Destination Host
--- ping statistics ---
9 packets transmitted, 0 received, +6 errors, 100%
packet loss, time 7948bn, pipe 3

To further investigate, I ran tcpdump on the gateway
machine ( while pinging from the problem
machine (

# tcpdump -i eth0
22:40:29.993733 arp who-has tell
22:40:29.993799 arp reply is-at
22:40:30.993910 arp who-has tell
22:40:30.993965 arp reply is-at
22:40:31.993977 arp who-has tell
22:40:31.994033 arp reply is-at

To me this looks like the problem machine
( can transmit arp-who-has packets to
the gateway machine, but cannot receive arp-reply

With the Sarge Netinst CD I can follow the exact same
steps, except it works, and is able to ping, install,
etc.  Perhaps the difference in kernel versions is to
blame?  My Sarge Netinst CD which works runs kernel
2.6.8; my Etch Netinst CD which doesn't work runs
kernel 2.6.18.

===== Extra Information ====
# lspcmcia -v
Socket 0 Bridge:  [yenta_cardbus]  (bus ID:
  Configuration: state: on   ready: yes
Socket 1 Bridge:  [yenta_cardbus]  (bus ID:
  Configuration: state: on   ready: yes
     Voltage: 5.0V Vcc: 5.0V Vpp: 0.0V
Socket 1 Device 0:  [xirc2ps_cs]  (bus ID: 1.0)
  Configuration: state: on 
  Product Name:  Xircom CreditCard 10/100 CE3-10/100
  Identification: manf_id: 0x0105 card_id 0x010a
     function: 6 (network)
     prod_id(1): "Xircom" (0x2e3ee845)
     prod_id(2): "CreditCard 10/100" (0x625e0f5d)
     prod_id(3): "CE3-10/100" (0x0ec0ac37)
     prod_id(4): "1.00" (0x83dbf271)

# lspci -nn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation
440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge [8086:7190]
(rev 03)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation
440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge [8086:7191]
(rev 03)
00:02.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments
PCI1251A [104c:ac1d]
00:02.1 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments
PCI1251A [104c:ac1d]
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Cirrus
Logic CS 4610/11 [CrystalClear SoundFusian Audio
Accelerator] [1013:6001] (rev 01)
00:07.0 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB
PIIX4 ISA [8086:7110] (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation
82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE [8086:7111] (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation
82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB [8086:7112] (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB
PIIX4 ACPI [8086:7113] (rev 02)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Neomagic
Corporation NM2200 [MagicGraph 256AV] [10c8:0005] (rev

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