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Re: Cobalt Raq2 Network Issues

James wrote:
> Ladies and Gents,
>   I am attempting to install Debian on a Cobalt Raq2.  I am booting the 
> system from another Debian machine using dhcp and the nfsroot package 
> from here - 
> http://ftp.debian.org/debian/dists/stable/main/installer-mipsel/current/images/cobalt/nfsroot.tar.gz.
> When running the installer the system continually looses network 
> connectivity.  After continually bringing the network interface (eth0) 
> up and down to get all the needed packages, I finally got the system 
> installed.
>   Once I got the system booted on Debian-stable, running "Linux 
> 2.4.27-r5k-cobalt", the network continually drops out. There is no 
> information logged to /var/log/messages, /var/log/kern.log or dmesg.
>   Searching online I found a few references to others having similar 
> problems but found no real solutions to the problem.  Has anyone else 
> had this problem? Or found a solution for it?

It's a known problem introduced in 2.4.27-10 which was supposed to
solve another network related problem. The previous 2.4.27-8 works
with a single network interface in use but freezes when using both.

The old kernel (with some security issues!) is available from


A description how to build a 2.4.27 debian kernel with both network
problems hopefully fixed is available from


I got so far no response about it and can't test it myself because I
have no cobalt hardware.


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