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    SubjectRe: Asus K8N-VM Motherboard Ethernet Problem
    James Courtier-Dutton wrote:
    > Jan-Benedict Glaw wrote:
    >> On Sat, 2006-05-27 23:07:39 -0700, Marc Perkel <> wrote:
    >>> Marc Perkel wrote:
    >> [forcedeth not working correctly]
    >>> Also - why is it that I can load a 3 year old version of Windows XP on
    >>> this motherboad and it just work but I load a modern Linux Kernel and it
    >>> can't find the Ethernet card?
    >> That is either because Windows XP is totally superior to Linux, or
    >> because the vendor (NVidia in this case) wrote a Windows driver, but
    >> they didn't write something for Linux _and_ didn't publish any specs
    >> for this ethernet controller. So it took some time to reverse
    >> engineer the Windows driver...
    >> MfG, JBG
    > I can concur that the forcedeth is unreliable on nvidia based motherboards.
    > I have a ethernet device that works with forcedeth.
    > 0000:00:0a.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation CK804 Ethernet Controller (rev a3)
    > 0000:00:0a.0 0680: 10de:0057 (rev a3)
    > Subsystem: 147b:1c12
    > Flags: 66MHz, fast devsel, IRQ 11
    > Memory at fe02f000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    > I/O ports at fc00 [size=8]
    > Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
    > It works in that it can actually send and receive packets.
    > The problems are:
    > 1) one cannot rmmod the forcedeth module. Even after ifdown etc.
    > 2) the machine hangs randomly.
    > Before someone asks, the MB has no serial port, so no stack trace available.
    > 3) The netconsole fails to function with it.
    > I have installed a standard PCI based intel ethernet card, and only use
    > that. Without the forcedeth loaded, no hangs since.
    > So, although I can confirm that there are certainly problems with the
    > forcedeth driver, without a serial port, I am at a loss at how I might
    > help diagnose the problem and fix it.
    > The only help this email is, is to confirm that if someone is raising
    > problems with the forcedeth driver, it is most likely to be a truthful
    > report and if they also have a serial port, they might even be able to
    > give some good diagnosis output.
    > James

    For those interested, I am using the forcedeth driver again in
    2.6.16-ck9 kernel, and it has not caused any machine hangs so far (2 days).
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