On Mon, 2004-08-23 at 07:48 -0400, Alan Cox wrote: > On Sun, Aug 22, 2004 at 10:02:54PM -0400, Peter Arremann wrote: > > We've had the same issue with a couple of via-rhine and realtec 8139 > > cards... The problem seems to be that the driver does not allow you to > > read certain things like mac address unless the interface is actually up. > > We've been kicking around the idea that this should in fact become > mandatory. > > > know if that fixes your issue. Last time I brought this up on this list, I was > > told that it wasn't a kudzu issue but that the driver needs fixing. > > The problem with that view (which indeed was certainly my view and I fixed > some drivers) is that from "up" it can take 60 seconds to get gigabit > negotiation completed. This definitely sucks from a UI point of view. We will need to provide progress feedback to the user somehow. Probably autodetect "is this gigabit", and if so, NetworkManager could pop up a dialog perhaps with a cancel button. If you hit cancel it would fall back to wireless.
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