Re: Problems with Linux 2.2.14 and RTL8139 driver

From: George Staikos (staikos@0wned.org)
Date: Mon Jan 10 2000 - 23:01:06 EST


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On Mon, 10 Jan 2000, Arvids wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have Linux 2.2.14 box with 3 Accton Cheetah 10/100 Ethernet cards (based on
> MPX5038). RTL8139 driver detects them as 'SMC1211TX EZCard 10/100' (
> as I see from sources, rtl8139 driver knows only MPX5030, not MPX5038
> chip). When the box is starting, sometimes I get such message:
> 'Jan 9 19:15:01 linux kernel: eth2: Couldn't allocate a 65536 byte
> receive ring.'
> and the box goes up with only two interfaces. In the next restart
> usually all is OK.
> It seems that this problem is not a purely driver problem, because the
> problem arises from failed kmalloc call.
>

  I saw this same error message on a 2.2.12 system with 2 real SMC1211TX
EZCard devices. I found that, for some weird reason, if I switched the
master slot (in bios) to the other SMC Card then it worked fine. I didn't
investigate any further. I don't know why it happened.

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George Staikos

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