[vortex] 3C900 Boomerang 10Mb Combo : No AUI

Frederic Provot fprovot at besancon.parkeon.com
Wed Nov 17 08:11:47 PST 2004

Hello everybody,

I've not found any information about AUI use in the archvie list, so here's 
my problem, on Redhat 9 kernel 2-4-20.37 :

I can use the 10bT interface of my 3c900 Combo without problem. But I have 
to use the AUI interface. So here's my tries:
# service network stop
# rmmod 3c59x
# insmod 3c59x options=1
# network service start

Following debug traces show that the AUI has been selected, but problems 
are present (link jabber).

ifconfig shows correct informations, but ping never answers. 'route' 
command take a big while to anwer, but finally with good informations.

I tried to put the options in the /etc/modules.conf too, and tried other 
options. Options are understood, but when AUI is selected, it can't be 
used. Do you have an idea about this problem?

Best regards

vortex-diag utility (which I found in this site and compiled) says:

vortex-diag.c:v2.16 1/12/2004 Donald Becker (becker at scyld.com)
Index #1: Found a 3c900 Boomerang 10Mbps Combo adapter at 0xd400.
  Station address 00:60:97:56:b1:c5.
   Receive mode is 0x07: Normal unicast and all multicast.
The Vortex chip may be active, so FIFO registers will not be read.
To see all register values use the '-f' flag.
Initial window 7, registers values by window:
   Window 0: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 00bf ffff 0000.
   Window 1: FIFO FIFO 0000 2000 003c 00ff 7ffc 2000.
   Window 2: 6000 5697 c5b1 0000 0000 0000 06c6 4000.
   Window 3: 001b 0112 0000 0000 e138 0003 7fff 6000.
   Window 4: 0000 00ce 8800 0cc0 0001 0808 0000 8000.
   Window 5: 1ffc fffc 06c6 1ffc 0007 06ce 06c6 a000.
   Window 6: 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 0000 c000.
   Window 7: 0000 0000 0000 0000 003c 00ff 0000 e000.
Vortex chip registers at 0xd400
   0xD410: **FIFO** 00000000 0000003c *STATUS*
   0xD420: 00000000 0b0b8240 00000000 ff000000
   0xD430: 00000000 0000730f 00000000 00000000
  Indication enable is 06c6, interrupt enable is 06ce.
  No interrupt sources are pending.
  Transceiver/media interfaces available:  10baseT 10base2 AUI.
Transceiver type in use:  10Mbs AUI.
  MAC settings: half-duplex.
Maximum packet size is 0.
  Station address set to 00:60:97:56:b1:c5.
  Configuration options 06c6.
Saved EEPROM settings of a 3Com Vortex/Boomerang:
  3Com Node Address 00:60:97:56:B1:C5 (used as a unique ID only).
  OEM Station address 00:60:97:56:B1:C5 (used as the ethernet address).
   Device ID 9001,  Manufacturer ID 6d50.
   Manufacture date (MM/DD/YYYY) 12/3/1996, division 6, product HJ.
   No BIOS ROM is present.
  Transceiver selection: 10baseT.
    Options: negotiated duplex, link beat required.
    PCI bus requested settings --  minimum grant 0, maximum latency 1 
(250ns units).
  PCI Subsystem IDs: Vendor 00a8 Device ffff.
  100baseT4 100baseTx 100baseFx 10baseT 10base2 AUI MII .
   Vortex format checksum is correct (a8 vs. a8).
   Cyclone format checksum is incorrect (00 vs. 0xff).
   Hurricane format checksum is incorrect (00 vs. 0xff).
  ***WARNING***: No MII transceivers found!


mii-diag says:

Basic registers of MII PHY #0:  0000 ffff 0000 ffff 0000 ffff 0000 ffff.
  The autonegotiated capability is 0000.
No common media type was autonegotiated!
This is extremely unusual and typically indicates a configuration error.
Perhaps the advertised capability set was intentionally limited.
  Basic mode control register 0x0000: Auto-negotiation disabled, with
  Speed fixed at 10 mbps, half-duplex.
  Basic mode status register 0xffff ... ffff.
    Link status: established.
  Remote fault detected!
    *** Link Jabber! ***
  Your link partner advertised ffff: Flow-control 100baseT4 100baseTx-FD 
100baseTx 10baseT-FD 10baseT, w/ 802.3X flow control.
    End of basic transceiver information.


and /var/log/messages says:

Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel: 3c59x: Donald Becker and others. 
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel: See Documentation/networking/vortex.txt
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel: 00:12.0: 3Com PCI 3c900 Boomerang 10Mbps Combo 
at 0xd400. Vers LK1.1.18-ac
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel:  00:60:97:56:b1:c5, IRQ 11
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel:   product code 484a rev 00.0 date 12-03-96
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel:   64K word-wide RAM 1:1 Rx:Tx split, 
autoselect/10baseT interface.
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel: 00:12.0:  Media override to transceiver type 1 
(10Mbs AUI).
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel:   Enabling bus-master transmits and whole-frame 
Nov 17 15:57:58 as kernel: 00:12.0: scatter/gather enabled. h/w checksums 


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