SMC EtherPower 8432 (PCI) problems

SMC EtherPower 8432 (PCI) problems

Post by br.. » Tue, 10 Oct 1995 04:00:00



Hi folks,

        I'm trying to get Linux 1.3.32 to work with an SMC EtherPower
8432 PCI ethernet card.  I've hacked config.in to turn on
CONFIG_DEC_ELCP, and the kernel sees the card at boot time ("eth0:
DEC 21040 Tulip at 0xf480, 00 00 c0 e0 16 c2, IRQ 10..."), but something's
still wrong.

        When I try pinging or telnetting, the process hangs forever and
I see the following in /usr/adm/messages:

kernel: eth0: transmit timed out, status fc260000, SIA ffffffc6 ffffef05 \
        ffffffff ffff0000, resetting...
kernel: Rx ring 002454d8:  80000000 80000000 80000000 80000000
kernel: Tx ring 00245518:  7fffffff 80000000 00000000 00000000

Any ideas?

                                Thanks in advance,
                                Bryan
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SMC EtherPower 8432 (PCI) problems

Post by br.. » Wed, 11 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Hi again,

        Thanks to all those who responded.  I got the latest version
of tulip.c from http://www.veryComputer.com/, and
now everything works fine.

                                                Bryan

: Hi folks,

:       I'm trying to get Linux 1.3.32 to work with an SMC EtherPower
: 8432 PCI ethernet card.  I've hacked config.in to turn on
: CONFIG_DEC_ELCP, and the kernel sees the card at boot time ("eth0:
: DEC 21040 Tulip at 0xf480, 00 00 c0 e0 16 c2, IRQ 10..."), but something's
: still wrong.

:       When I try pinging or telnetting, the process hangs forever and
: I see the following in /usr/adm/messages:

: kernel: eth0: transmit timed out, status fc260000, SIA ffffffc6 ffffef05 \
:       ffffffff ffff0000, resetting...
: kernel: Rx ring 002454d8:  80000000 80000000 80000000 80000000
: kernel: Tx ring 00245518:  7fffffff 80000000 00000000 00000000

: Any ideas?

--
===============================================================================
Bryan Wright                |"If you take cranberries and stew them like
Physics Department          | applesauce, they taste much more like prunes
University of *ia      | than rhubarb does."  --  Groucho
C*tesville, VA  22901  |                  

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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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