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    Subjecte1000/ICH8LAN weirdness - no ethtool link until initially forced up
    [Please CC me on responses].

    A spot of weirdness I ran into on my e1000 card.
    It's the 82566DC model [8086:104b] (rev 02) x1 PCIe.

    After modprobe e1000, ethtool reports that there is no link, despite the
    correct link lights on the port. This breaks booting during a boot process that
    checks for actual link status before using a device.

    modprobe e1000:
    > Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Driver - version 7.2.9-k4-NAPI
    > Copyright (c) 1999-2006 Intel Corporation.
    > ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:19.0[A] -> GSI 20 (level, low) -> IRQ 20
    > PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:00:19.0 to 64
    > e1000: 0000:00:19.0: e1000_probe: (PCI Express:2.5Gb/s:Width x1) 00:16:76:a3:6c:4d
    > e1000: eth1: e1000_probe: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
    > ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready
    > ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready

    Now I force the link up with ifconfig:
    > e1000: eth1: e1000_watchdog: NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex
    > ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth1: link becomes ready

    This behavior differs from every other network card, and is also present in the
    7.3* version of the driver from sourceforge.

    I think the e1000 should try to raise the link during the probe, so that it
    works properly, without having to set ifconfig ethX up first.

    Robin Hugh Johnson
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