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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] starfire reads irq before pci_enable_device.
    On Thu, 8 Feb 2001, Donald Becker wrote:

    > > Or we can just tell people, "hey, don't use this 64-bit PCI card on a real
    > > 64-bit system, it's broken by design"? I don't think that's a good
    > > solution either.
    > This is not a 64 bit PCI issue.

    I know. It was just an ironic comment: we have a card with a 64-bit PCI
    bus, we have a 64-bit system which very likely has some 64-bit PCI slots
    on its motherboard, perfect match, right? Well, au contraire, the
    performance is going to suck big-time, at least for Rx.

    > It is an issue with the protocol
    > stack. The IP protocol handling code must expect that the header words
    > will be misaligned in some circumstances.

    I won't get into this...

    > It's amusing that a full receive copy is added without any concern, in
    > the same discussion where zero-copy transmit is treated as a holy grail!

    Amusing? Maybe. Zerocopy will still help with Tx, and with Rx we're just
    trying to contain the damage, *with the existent stack*.

    > This might be a transceiver preamble issue with the specific
    > transceivers on the recent cards. Debugging this type of problem
    > sometimes requires a D-Oscope on the MII data pins.
    > Normally I would suspect a timing problem with a very fast machine, but
    > the Starfire hardware generates its own preamble and clock signals, not
    > the driver code.

    See my previous mail. It turned out to be just a confused chipset.


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