[eepro100] problem with Debian woody freeze (possibly eepro 100 problem)

Faheem Mitha faheem@email.unc.edu
Sat Dec 22 12:37:00 2001

Dear People,

I recently installed Debian Woody on a IBM Netvista 6792. The network card
is the Intel 100 Pro VE. The standard drive for this appears to be the
eepro100. I'm using the standard kernel shipped with Debian Potato/Woody,
2.2.19pre17. The card was configured automatically for me by Debian using
eepro100 and dchp. Don't know the details, but can investigate.

when I try to run apt (apt-get whatever) which downloads files off the
net, it works fine for a bit, but then comes to a grinding halt, and
completely freezes the machine. After this not even the power button
responds. The only way to restart the computer is to pull the power plug.
Otherwise the machine seems quite stable, and at this point is has only a
minimal installation configured. I don't have X or sound or any other
devices connected.

So, it seems reasonable to assume that the problem might be with
networking and hence with the card. My next step will be to try the Intel
driver which Debian has fairly recent sources for (but unfortunately not
binaries). I don't know whether this will help. A further long shot would
be that the problem is with the dchp client used, but I don't think this
is very likely.

Any suggestions or thoughts? If you do, please copy any responses to
faheem@email.unc.edu and faheem@andria.stat.unc.edu. I'm not on the
mailing list. Thanks in advance.

                                        Sincerely, Faheem Mitha.