Subject: kern/10289: "ex" driver doesn't work with newer cards/onboard chips
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Date: 06/05/2000 11:30:12
>Synopsis: The first "ifconfig" operation makes "ex" permanently lose carrier with newer cards.
>Arrival-Date: Mon Jun 05 11:31:00 PDT 2000
Stevens Institute of Technology
System: NetBSD shiner-bock.cs.stevens-tech.edu 1.4Z NetBSD 1.4Z (BOCK) #1: Thu Jun 1 13:18:04 EDT 2000 firstname.lastname@example.org:/usr/src/sys/arch/i386/compile/BOCK i386
On a newer "ex" (3c905) card such as a 3c905-TX-NM or the embedded
"3c905-TX" on newer Dell machines such as the Precision Workstation
410, the first "ifconfig" operation done on the card will make the
card go from "active" to "no carrier" status, evidently after a
failed attempt to negotiate media type with the switch. Explicitly
setting a media type (e.g. 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, 10baseT) does not
help. Until the initial "ifconfig" is done, oddly enough, the card
appears to have correctly autonegotiated 100baseTX-FDX mode with our
Cisco 3524 switch. (you can check this with "ifconfig" if you *don't*
set anything -- setting anything at all screws it up)
I'm not sure why, but there's a substantial system pause -- a second
or so -- after the initial "ifconfig" operation that breaks things,
but not after subsequent ones. I recall there used to be some
DELAY calls in the mii or phy code; perhaps these are at fault?
I have not been able to find our sole 905-TX-NM card in some time
to reproduce this problem, but it did seem to occur there. That
card has a PHY that probes as a ukphy. Older Dell machines with
embedded "905-TX" chips have had nsphy and those don't seem to have
the problem. Our new ones have exphy and the problem exists; the
problem *still* exists if exphy's not built into the kernel and
ukphy attaches instead.
It's getting hard to buy a machine from a number of major PC
manufacturers that does *not* exhibit this problem -- anything
built in the last few months with onboard 3Com ethernet and
exphy seems to lose this way, and that describes pretty much every
machine anyone naive on this campus, at least, has bought in the
last few months.
Curiously, ukphy listed all-zeroes for the OUI and whatever the
other PHY identifier is.
Find a Dell Precision 410 or other new machine with onboard "ex".
Connect to a Cisco 3524 switch (unconfirmed, but this probably
happens with other switches as well -- it does happen with two
of these machines back-to-back with an xover cable). Boot an
install disk. Try to get the interface set up so you can install
over the net. Boom.