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Re: e1000 in rawhide kernel



On 2/3/06, Nigel Metheringham <nigel metheringham dev intechnology co uk> wrote:
> On Fri, 2006-02-03 at 13:08 +1300, Michael J Knox wrote:
> > I have a 82573E onboard NIC that refuses to obtain a DHCP IP. If its
> > statically asigned, I am ok.
>
> Try getting the port you are connected to set to (say) 100 MB FD with no
> autonegotiation, and see if that works better.  Some network
> switches/NIC combos seem to take for ever to negotiate the link.  Quite
> whose fault this is I don't know, although one network equipment
> manufacturer seems to be always involved.

The higher end ones take ages to negotiate because they try and neg
Spanning Tree Protocol first so the port goes through a blocking,
discovery and then is finally into the forwarding stage. This normally
doesn't cause a problem with newer NICs but it use to be very painful
on older NICs with Netware as the netware drivers would time out.

Not sure if this would be an issue but one other thing to look at is
to make sure your not running and extremely tight custom firewall that
blocks the dhcp response packets. Also does it work if you temporarily
set a static IP.

Pete


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