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SubjectRe: QUESTION: Network hangs with BP6 and 2.4.x kernels, hardware related?
Here's another posting to the list which mentions problems with NE2K and BP6:

"...In another machine, a dual celeron abit-bp6, recent 2.3.x kernels seem to
dislike my realtek 8029 NIC. (I know, it's garbage plugged in to
garbage...) The network card will die randomly, usually when I'm sending
large amounts of data. When it dies, there are no kernel messages, and
the interrupt count in /proc/interrupts for the card stop changing. Minor
(painful) experimentation has shown that if the card is sharing the
interrupt with anything else (say, ide2), it takes that with it. This
only happens in "newer" kernels, it's fine in 2.2.16, and in some earlier
2.3.x kernels. It goes away if I boot with the noapic=1 kernel parameter,
and seems to be replaced with harmless "spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7."
messages. (I haven't configured any hardware at all to be on IRQ7 -
though I'm lead to believe IRQ7 has some sort of special purpose) ..."

So I'm not the only one...

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