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Re: RT 8139 network card

On Thu, Nov 06, 2003 at 02:34:34PM -0700, Brett H. Williams wrote:
> I recently obtained a B132L machine and have installed debian/stable on it.
> Everything went smoothly except for my second network card (PCI).
> I must add that I can't be certain this is parisc specific, and apologize
> for my ignorance--I am running out of ideas (and net cards--the first one
> I tried uses a driver that doesn't compile under pa-risc (lance)).
> It's a very common card, with the 8139 Realtek chip on it.  It loads and
> configures using the 8139too module.
> The low-level driver appears to be working as tcpdump indicates that it is
> seeing packets fly by, but something is broken somewhere.
> It doesn't respond to a ping, for example, even though tcpdump indicates
> the card has seen the request.
> When told to _send_ a ping, it sends one, and receives a response acc. to
> tcpdump.  However, the ping program itself never acknowledges receipt.
> The built-in ethernet port works just fine when configured exactly the same
> way and hooked into the same private network.
> Has anyone here experienced a similar problem?  Is there a list of kernel
> drivers somewhere that are known to _not_ work on parisc even though they
> may work on other platforms?  Or is there something else I should be
> checking?

My initial guess would be PCI write posting problems.  Jeff, have you
tried this driver on a machine that would be likely to experience stuff
(eg ia64 with an hp chipset, parisc or ppc?)

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