[realtek] 8139too and rtl8139C Too! Also! Including! ARGH!

Kirk Wolff kirk@kirk.homeip.net
Mon Jan 28 20:23:02 2002

I haven't seen anything relating to my problem in any of the list archives.
I Have seen several questions about this problem, but no answers.  That I
why I haven't yet fixed my problem.

At this point, I have given up on the card.  I have tried rebooting the
computer with no options given to the 8139too driver. I see the same
problem.  On boot, I get the message that its autonegotiated half-duplex.
That's fine, I guess, but I don't understand why it wants to do half-duplex
if the identical card installed on a windows 2000 machine autonegitiates to
full duplex with an identical connection to the same 10/100 switch.

The primary problem, or at least symptom, persists:  I am getting about 5 to
10 percent of the packets in error.  I am very sure that its not a cabling
problem for two reasons.  1) I get the same problem with different cables.
and 2) the cable run is only 4 feet (its a patch cord)

What is the next step in my attempt to get this card to work?

- Kirk
----- Original Message -----
From: "Donald Becker" <becker@scyld.com>
To: "Kirk Wolff" <kirk@kirk.homeip.net>
Cc: <realtek@scyld.com>
Sent: Monday, January 28, 2002 12:03 AM
Subject: Re: [realtek] 8139too and rtl8139C Too! Also! Including! ARGH!

> On Sun, 27 Jan 2002, Kirk Wolff wrote:
> > Hello, I am sure you have had this problem over and over again, but...
> Yes, similar questions have been answered many, many times.  That's what
> list archives are for...
> > I have the following entry in my modules.conf in order to attempt to
> > get the card configured.  I managed to figure out this line from
> > searching through the 8139too.c file in the drivers/net directory.
> >
> > alias eth2 8139too
> > options 8139too media=0x0030
> Why are you forcing the duplex?
> > The media type of 0x30 should FORCE it full duplex, 100Mbps right?
> Yes.
> > It says that I am getting 100Mbps, FD right?  Well I look at my
> > switch, and the Full Duplex light doesn't come on.
> Correct.  Forcing full duplex disables autonegotiation, so the switch
> uses half duplex.
> > I should add that I get the following from an ifconfig:
> >           RX packets:826806 errors:183153 dropped:6136 overruns:6780
> Yup, this is what happens when you force a duplex mismatch.
> Easy answer: DON'T DO THAT!
> Use the default setting.
> Donald Becker becker@scyld.com
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