Subject: port-i386/659: 3c509 driver falls off net using AUI
To: None <gnats-admin@NetBSD.ORG>
From: None <ghudson@MIT.EDU>
Date: 12/27/1994 22:50:06
>Synopsis: Using a 3c509 combo card and AUI, machine falls off network
>Responsible: gnats-admin (GNATS administrator)
>Arrival-Date: Tue Dec 27 22:50:05 1994
>Originator: Greg Hudson
"MIT Student Information Processing Board"
System: NetBSD glacier 1.0 NetBSD 1.0 (3C509-AHA) #0: Sun Dec 25 08:55:43 PST 1994
This problem applies to every kernel I have tried.
Using a 3c509 combo card and AUI, my machine sporadically loses
contact with the network, usually during periods of high traffic.
The problem is not easily repeatable; however, when running video
games over the network via X, or doing file transfers via NFS (e.g.
while installing NetBSD), the machine regularly loses contact with
I can reestablish contact with the network by re-running "ifconfig"
on the interface. This problem does not occur on machines using
BNC (I know of at least two machines using 3c509 cards, one of them
definitely a combo 3c509 card, which have never experienced this
problem). I do not know whether this problem occurs on machines
The output of "/sbin/ifconfig -a" does not change when the machine
falls off of the network; it always reads:
inet 126.96.36.199 netmask 0xffff0000 broadcast 188.8.131.52
inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 0xff000000
Perform high-traffic network activities using the AUI interface of
a 3c509 card.
I do not have a fix, but am willing to run debugging code to help
find the problem if you don't have an equivalent setup or cannot
reproduce the problem.