[CentOS] Release 4.4 and MPC51 ethernet controller

Collins Richey crichey at gmail.com
Sun Sep 3 17:35:58 UTC 2006

On 9/3/06, William L. Maltby <CentOS4Bill at triad.rr.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 2006-09-02 at 21:49 -0500, Paul wrote:
> > On Thu, 2006-08-31 at 10:35 -0500, Johnny Hughes wrote:
> > > On Thu, 2006-08-31 at 11:00 -0400, Jerry Geis wrote:
> > > > <snip>
> > I think the issue is with the Realtek RTL8211 Gigabit Ethernet
> > controller that the board uses and not the nVidia chipset.
> >
> > A quick solution might be to find any 10/100 NIC and see if that works
> > instead.  I looked and did not find what module to load for the RTL-8211
> > chip.
> Knowing how the various releases of chips are often so common in a
> family, maybe it matches the RTL 8169/8110s on a NIC card in one of my
> machines? The driver loaded for that is r8169. Give it a try after boot.
> If it works, you can pop it into your initrd, update init or configs and
> make a new initrd.

Just an FYI. I have  an MCP51 board (Gateway GT4016), and the NIC
works just fine on CentOS 4.3/4.4.

The only hitch is that the forcedeth driver has a major bug for
dual-boot users. Running the NIC from Windows leaves the card in a
state that the forcedeth driver cannot handle after a warm reboot. You
have to unplug the box from power to reset the card. I don't know when
and if the upstream provider will backport the latest forcedeth
patches to correct the problem.

This is not a Red Hat / CentOS problem - the most common versions of
forcedeth have thesame failing on any distro.

Collins Richey
     If you fill your heart with regrets of yesterday and the worries
     of tomorrow, you have no today to be thankful for.

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