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Subject[Bug 664] New: bcm4400 won't transmit

Summary: bcm4400 won't transmit
Kernel Version: Linux slappy 2.5.69 #1 Mon May 5 12:54:32 EDT 2003 i686
Status: NEW
Severity: normal

Distribution: debian unstable
Hardware Environment: Dell Inspiron 8500
Software Environment: single-user boot for testing
Problem Description:
bcm4400 receives packets, but will not transmit (behaves as if the hardware link
detection is down). Works with the external driver under 2.4.20.

Steps to reproduce:
Get one (I believe they are built into i810 motherboards, among others) and build
2.5.69 with support for it (modular or in-kernel makes no difference). I believe it
worked under 2.5.68 but it was not heavily tested at the time (I can do so if it is

Ifconfig (after multiple dhcp attempts, raising by hand and pinging, etc) shows:
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0B:DB:1B:89:3C
inet addr: Bcast: Mask:
RX packets:505 errors:0 dropped:10 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:198656 (194.0 KiB) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)

(note 0 TX packets)

Modinfo shows:
author: David S. Miller (
description: Broadcom 4400 10/100 PCI ethernet driver
license: GPL
parm: b44_debug:B44 bitmapped debugging message enable value
vermagic: 2.5.69 preempt PENTIUM4 gcc-3.3
alias: pci:v000014E4d00004401sv*sd*bc*sc*i*

The only thing relating in dmesg is:
b44.c:v0.6 (Nov 11, 2002)
eth0: Broadcom 4400 10/100BaseT Ethernet 00:0b:db:1b:89:3c

config, dmesg, etc all available. ACPI enabled, standard DSDT. APIC disabled by
blacklisting ("Dell Inspiron with broken BIOS detected.")

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