Subject: Re: RHINE Ethernet Bug
To: Olaf Seibert <>
From: Curt Sampson <>
List: tech-net
Date: 09/12/2003 10:19:20
On Thu, 11 Sep 2003, Olaf Seibert wrote:

> On Thu 11 Sep 2003 at 00:21:10 +0200, Martin Husemann wrote:
> > My personal theory nowadays (after trying different "fixes" posted for other
> > OS): it's a chipset bug in the old variants of ViaRhine. Just avoid this
> > hardware wherever you can. I've seen all OSs I tried lock up their network
> > connection with this hardware from time to time.
> I encounter similar problems with the vr in my laptop, which is about a
> year old. Would that mean that hardware suppliers still use those old
> variants?

Are you sure it's not in new variants, too? I get this with the on-board
Ethernet on an EPIX V motherboard, which didn't even exist a year ago.

It's particularly annoying, because now there are now a couple of cheap
Mini-ITX motherboards with two Ethernet interfaces that would make great
NetBSD routers. (The VIA EPIA CL10000 has a 1 GHz Nehemiah CPU, and the
CL6000 has a fanless 600 MHz Eden CPU--with a solid state hard drive it
would make a perfectly silent router, too.)

Curt Sampson  <>   +81 90 7737 2974
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