Newbie: RH8.0 ADSL problem ioctl(SIOCGIFHWADDR): No such device

Newbie: RH8.0 ADSL problem ioctl(SIOCGIFHWADDR): No such device

Post by Richard Devit » Wed, 16 Oct 2002 00:04:07

I upgraded an RH7.3 system to 8.0 recently.  Under 7.3, I was using
Roaring Penguin PPPOE 3.5.1 software without any problem.  With 8.0, I
get the following message when trying to start up the ADSL modem:

     ioctl(SIOCGIFHWADDR): Session 0: No such device

I then tried installing 8.0 from scratch; no differece.  I've tried
network cards from three different vendors; all give the same result.
Another machine that still runs 7.3 has no problem starting up the ADSL

A Web search of SIOCGIFHWADDR turned up other people having the same
problem in different circumstances, but no obvious solution.

The modem is an Alcatel Speed Touch Home; the machine is an AMD Athlon 600.

If anyone can shed some light on this, it would be greatly appreciated.

Richard Devitt

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1. RTL8139: ioctl(SIOCGIFHWADDR): No such device


Environment: Kernel 2.5.24, SuSE Linux 7.2, Intel Chipset 440FX

NIC: RTL1839 connected to ADSL Modem

When trying to connect to ADSL, I get the following error msgs (I guess the
"ioctl(SIOCGIFHWADDR): No such device" is the important part):

pppd[823]: pppd 2.4.1 started by root, uid 0
pppd[823]: Using interface ppp0
pppd[823]: Connect: ppp0 <--> /dev/pts/0
pppoe[824]: ioctl(SIOCGIFHWADDR): No such device
pppd[823]: Modem hangup
pppd[823]: Connection terminated.
pppd[823]: Exit.

Have not tried 2.5.23 but 2.5.22 works fine. Since there have been changes to
the 8139too driver I guess thats it. Unfortunately I do not know where to fix

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