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SubjectRE: reproducable kernel crash

well 98 does manage to re-use the card after a reset, so it's not in a
totally unusable state, just perhaps an out-of-spec state.
and yes, the kernel response is a bit extreme...

On Thu, 10 Dec 1998, Greaves Tristan TM wrote:

> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk [mailto:alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk]
> > Sent: Thursday, December 10, 1998 3:18 AM
> > To: meekg@interhdl.com
> > Cc: linux-kernel@vger.rutgers.edu
> > Subject: Re: reproducable kernel crash
> >
> > [Windows 98, then boot Linux]
> > > In the boot messages, the kernel relays the MAC address of
> > > the ethernet card (3com 3c905b) as ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff, and after
> > > the boot is completed (login prompt) I get a bunch of diagnostic i
> > > info, and the machine dies.
> >
> > Yep. Windows 98 likes to power down cards and leave them for
> > the next OS in a state where the next OS can't recover their
> configuration.
>
> The Evil Empire strikes again. It's fair enough that the card is unusable
> due
> to 98's antics, but the Linux kernel shouldn't *die* as a result. At the
> most, networking through the card should be fubared.
>
> In other words, the Linux kernel should cope with other OSs playing around
> with
> our devices.
>
> Is this a problem with just the 3c905b driver, or will the same thing
> happen with others?
>
> Tris.
>
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