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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/1] r8169: revert "read MAC address from EEPROM on init"
Krzysztof Halasa <khc@pm.waw.pl> :
[...]
> Ahh, just PCI VPD.
>
> IMHO the above shouldn't hurt anyone, in theory. You only write to
> VPD_ADDR, and to change actual VPD data (i.e., EEPROM), you need to
> write to VPD_DATA.
>
> Anyone should be allowed to do that even for unknown PCI devices
> without a problem.

Theorically, yes.

In practice I noticed rather different behaviors between a 8168b and
a 8110s when I tried accessing the eeprom through plain old bitbang
a few months ago (i.e. ok on the 8110, lots of zero on the 8168b).

> > -static void rtl_init_mac_address(struct rtl8169_private *tp,
>
> > - if (!(cfg1 & VPD)) {
> > - if (netif_msg_probe(tp))
> > - dev_info(&pdev->dev, "VPD access disabled, enabling\n");
> > - RTL_W8(Cfg9346, Cfg9346_Unlock);
> > - RTL_W8(Config1, cfg1 | VPD);
> > - RTL_W8(Cfg9346, Cfg9346_Lock);
>
> Now I wonder what do they say the above does exactly.
> Unfortunately the docs don't seem to be public.

Realtek's legal department has changed his mind :o(

From what I had received beforehand:

RTL8169: R/W Set to enable Vital Product Data. The VPD data is stored in
93C46 or 93c56 from within offset 40h-7fh.

RTL8168C: R (huh ?) Set to enable Vital Product Data. Always 1.

[...]
> > - if (netif_msg_probe(tp)) {
> > - DECLARE_MAC_BUF(buf);
> > -
> > - dev_info(&pdev->dev, "MAC address found in EEPROM: %s\n",
> > - print_mac(buf, mac));
> > - }
> > -
> > - if (is_valid_ether_addr(mac))
> > - rtl_rar_set(tp, mac);
> > -}
>
> No RTL_W8(Config1, cfg1 | ~VPD) to disable (perhaps R/W) access?

Apparently not. See above.

> Though obviously first reading a good address from the EEPROM and then
> erasing first 32 bits is a different story.

Yes.

> I wonder if changing the MAC address by hand works (using ifconfig, to
> arbitrary address).

It does. It can be quite sticky. That was the whole point of the
patch.

--
Ueimor


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