On Wed, 2011-11-09 at 00:47 +0100, Hermann Secker wrote: > Ben Hutchings wrote .. [...] > > > > Maybe the original firmware enables higher amplification for received > > > > signals, so the network interface can properly decode weak signals. > > If so is this configurable under debian or is that someting to change in kernel? It would need a change to the kernel. > > > > What is the network driver and where is the source for the original > > > > firmware? > > Because this is a small adapted linux the source code is not available I think (I do not have it). It's illegal to sell Linux systems without providing or offering the kernel source code, so it usually is available. I eventually found it at <http://www.pogoplug.com/developers-open-source.html>. > Which network driver do you mean? The one which wokrs or the one which does not work? > > This is the info of the debian which does not work: > root@debian:~# ethtool -i eth0 > driver: mv643xx_eth > version: 1.4 > firmware-version: N/A > bus-info: platform > > On system Dockstar (with original software) this tool is not available and I can not adapt it. [...] > > > That is not be the point. > > > I use this network for years with some linux and windows boxes. > > > There must be a difference between Suse and Debian squeeze. > > > If I use another linux computer in substitute for the dockstar at the same network > > point > > > the problem does not appear. > > > > But then you have changed all the hardware, not just the distribution. > > You cannot reasonably infer from that that the important difference is > > the change of distribution. > > As I have written before if I start dockstar with original firmware (so I change only the "distribution" and not the hardware) > routing over the hubs and the rg58 cable works. OK, yes. Unfortunately it appears that the original firmware does not use a version of mv643xx_eth but a very different driver for this hardware. It is not possible for me to work out what is the important difference between the two. Can you test Linux 3.0 (from testing/unstable) on this system? If that has the same problem then I can ask the upstream developers to help. Ben. -- Ben Hutchings You can't have everything. Where would you put it?
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