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SubjectRe: QUESTION: Network hangs with BP6 and 2.4.x kernels, hardware related?
Frank de Lange wrote:
>
> Hi'all,
>
> Ever since I put two ethernet-cards (cheap Winbond W89C940 based PCI NE2K
> clones) in my BP-6 system, I've been experiencing intermittent network hangs. A
> hang manifests itself as a total failure to communicate through either network
> card, and can only be solved by rebooting. Removing and reloading the modules
> does not fix the problem, only a reboot works.
>

Losing both NICs at the same time could be the elusive "APIC
stops generating interrupts" problem.

Do you get any transmit timeout messages in the logs? If
so, send them.

Does it happen with a uniprocessor build?

Are you able to boot with the `noapic' LILO option?
If so, does that make it stop?

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