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SubjectRe: Probable endianess problem in TLAN driver
"Mathiasen, Torben" wrote:
> Paulo,
> Thanks for the update/patch. Sorry I missed your first email, bu I've been
> way too busy with other stuff the last couple of months.

Thank Hollis. :-) As I've already said, I'm really no kernel hacker.
OTOH I've programmed a lot 5+ years ago, so I can understand some
things. I'm relieved also that you have replied, because seemed that you
had a disease or something - your contributions both to the list and
updates to the page stopped abruptly.

> There's a lot of endianess issues in the tlan driver, but none really
> bothered fixing them. No one really assumed the tlan adapters would be used
> on bigendian machines. Well, let me say, you're probaly the first ;-).

Actually, I decided on Netelligent Dual because of two things:

* I had the oportunity to get such a board by a reasonable price (US$
50.00); here in Brazil, it's rather difficult to get real multiport
adapters (what is available are hubs-on-a-board. Bleargh). The ones
available are Adaptec ones, and here they cost US$ 500.00 up. Too bad
because they have the 21x4x chip that works flawlessly on PPC. :-(

* I've read someplace that someone got to make TLAN work on PowerPC (no
links, please :-). He said also that MacOS would olympically ignore the
driver, but it would work on PPCLinux.

Even in US multiport Adaptec boards are not cheap; in eBay prices vary
from US$ 150 to US$ 225.

> Now, I have pile of updates/issues for the tlan driver I need to check up
> on. Hopefully I'll have some sparetime within a reasonable future to address
> this.

The adapter ROM must be enabled for the driver work? I'm asking this
because lspci -v shows that the adapter ROM in both ports is "disabled".

> BTW. The project page on is the "new" tlan site.

Could you the group membership issues on the site? I'd like to see the
bug reports but I can't do it. Check the site for the actual messages
without logging in.

> Thanks,
> Torben Mathiasen

Thanks also!


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