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SubjectRE: reproducable kernel crash
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> -----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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