Subject: Re: mac address rewriting
To: Herb Peyerl <>
From: Greywolf <>
List: current-users
Date: 12/14/2004 14:08:41
[Thus spake Herb Peyerl ("HP: ") 2:17pm...]

HP: On 14-Dec-04, at 1:19 PM, Allen Briggs wrote:
HP: > On Tue, Dec 14, 2004 at 08:32:40PM +0100, Christian Goetz wrote:
HP: >> I get a mac address ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff when booting netbsd 1.6.2
HP: >> Can anybody tell me if there is a way to overwrite it ?
HP: >
HP: > This likely means that your ethernet is not being properly supported.
HP: > Can you post a dmesg?
HP: >
HP: Last time I had a similar problem, it turned out to be a delay() in the
HP: fxp_probe/fxp_attach that was too short.  My one commit last year was
HP: related to this.

Or, if this happens to be a SPARCstation, the battery on your EEPROM/
NVRAM is dead, effectively turning it into a EEPRAM/VRAM.