DEC 21*40 SMC EtherPower 8432 PCI newer card supported?

DEC 21*40 SMC EtherPower 8432 PCI newer card supported?

Post by Stephen Spru » Thu, 05 Oct 1995 04:00:00



I had a few problems in the past with that card, but when I upgraded
to the 1.3.25 kernel this week, all my problems went away.  My guess
is that the 1.2.x kernel you have is just flakey on that driver and
a new kernel will fix it.  Just my 2c worth...

Stephen

You sez:

Quote:> Does anyone know of any problems with newer SMC 8432 Etherpower cards?  I
> ask because I had an older one that was working great with the drivers
> that Don Becker wrote, but something went wrong with the card and I got a
> new one from SMC today.  I've been trying to get the card up and running
> but with no success.  I'm running kernel 1.2.13 with tulip.c v0.10.  My
> problem is Linux doesn't reconize the card anymore.  

 
 
 

DEC 21*40 SMC EtherPower 8432 PCI newer card supported?

Post by Greg Sieka » Thu, 05 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Does anyone know of any problems with newer SMC 8432 Etherpower cards?  I
ask because I had an older one that was working great with the drivers
that Don Becker wrote, but something went wrong with the card and I got a
new one from SMC today.  I've been trying to get the card up and running
but with no success.  I'm running kernel 1.2.13 with tulip.c v0.10.  My
problem is Linux doesn't reconize the card anymore.  

snip from /usr/adm/messages before first card, the old one, went south:

kernel: bios32_init : BIOS32 Service Directory structure at 0x000fd7e0
kernel: bios32_init : BIOS32 Service Directory entry at 0xfd7f0
kernel: pcibios_init : PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfd811
kernel: Probing PCI hardware.
kernel: Unknown PCI device. PCI Vendor id=3. PCI Device id=88f0.
....
kernel: Found DEC PCI Tulip at I/O 0xfc80, IRQ 10.
kernel:   PCI latency timer (CFLT) is 0x42.

kernel: eth0: DEC 21040 Tulip at 0xfc80, 21041 mode, 00 00 c0 6c 47 0e,IRQ 10
kernel: Memory: 13396k/16384k available (652k kernel code, 384k
reserved, 1952k data)

now here's what I see when things don't work with the newer card:

kernel: bios32_init : BIOS32 Service Directory structure at 0x000fd7e0
kernel: bios32_init : BIOS32 Service Directory entry at 0xfd7f0
kernel: pcibios_init : PCI BIOS revision 2.10 entry at 0xfd811
kernel: Probing PCI hardware.
kernel: Unknown PCI device. PCI Vendor id=3. PCI Device id=88f0.

/proc/pci.
kernel: Unknown PCI device. PCI Vendor id=6. PCI Device id=14.

....

And then I get : no such device and so on.

Does anyone have any suggestions?  I'm planning on getting another card
from SMC to check this problem?  

thanks,
Greg

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DEC 21*40 SMC EtherPower 8432 PCI newer card supported?

Post by Greg Sieka » Fri, 06 Oct 1995 04:00:00


This card has the brand new DEC21041 chip onboard.  The older 8432 cards had the
DEC21040.  Don't know if and when it will be supported.  Donald Becker does know
about the newer card's chip.  Hopefully we will be kind enough to write an updated
driver.

 
 
 

1. DEC 21*40 SMC EtherPower 8432 PCI newer card supported?

I've been getting many inquiries into the question of whether or not the SMC
8432 Etherpower PCI card is supported?

The answer is YES and maybe no.

Here's what I would do if you're looking to use this card or have a card and
can't get it to work.

1.) Check out the big chip from Digital on the card.  It will say
something like, Digital ... 21040 or 21041, this is very important to
verfiy.  If it's the 21041 See step 4. If it's the older 21040 you're in
luck, See step 2.

2.) Read the ETHERNET HOWTO section on DEC 21040, 21140, Tulip
http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/HOWTO/Ethernet-HOWTO-3.html#ss3.14 and then
look at alpha drivers section
http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/HOWTO/Ethernet-HOWTO-9.html#alfa and go to
Don's Linux Homepage and download the latest tulip.c drivers for your
kernel 1.2 or 1.3.

3.) Make sure to edit your config.in and rebuild/install the kernel and
you're done.  You should see the card be recognized during startup.  If
not, double check the /usr/adm/messages file.  If you still have
problems, you can contact me, but please read all the necessary material
before doing so.

4.) The DEC21041 is a new chip.  I noticed this when I got a new card to
replace my older one and I couldn't get the tulip.c driver to work anymore
under 1.2.13.  Donald Becker knows of this problem and will hopefully be
kind and write an updated driver for the new chip.  In the mean time, I've
had success in using the DEC4x5 driver as described in the ETHERNET HOWTO
section on DEC 21040, 21140, Tulip
http://sunsite.unc.edu/mdw/HOWTO/Ethernet-HOWTO-3.html#ss3.14

I have not yet tried the card under 1.3.33.  I will be attempting this
later this week.

I will set up a html doc with any information regarding what I find out
later this week.
http://www.bmen.tulane.edu/~siekas/smc8432.html

Good Luck!

Greg

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