[Mageia-dev] Sudden problems with r8169 NICs ?

Colin Guthrie mageia at colin.guthr.ie
Thu Mar 24 15:35:20 CET 2011

'Twas brillig, and Frank Griffin at 24/03/11 13:21 did gyre and gimble:
> On 03/24/2011 08:02 AM, Frank Griffin wrote:
>> I'll do that today.   I've looked in older logs, and I find places
>> where the kernel puts out the "unable to load firmware" message, but
>> then gets link beat anyway.
> Well, I've never been a believer in coincidence, but I've booted the old
> kernel (2.37.4) as well as 2009.1 and Knoppix, and it appears that the
> onboard r8169 NIC just happened to pick the reboot to 2.38 to break. 
> Nobody sees a link beat on it.  A NIC which just happens to give up the
> ghost coincidentally with a reboot would have been pretty far down my
> list of possibilities.
> Sorry for the noise.

Could perhaps the firmware needed have been [re]moved with some other

Perhaps the nic is not dead yet! :p



Colin Guthrie

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