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  1. #1
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    Network works at boot, then fails on load

    I'm a Linux newbie. My network connectivity works immediately after boot and login under KDE, but quickly fails when I perform any major file transfers (>500KB) using SMB or prolonged web surfing using Firefox 1.0.2. I can ping my gateway 192.168.0.1 when it's working, but then once it fails, pings to 192.168.0.1 say "Destination network unreachable."

    Running FC3 on a Compaq Armada 7800 laptop. System is up to date with latest versions from Red Hat Network by using yum. Kernel version is 2.6.10-1.770_FC3.

    I'm connecting to my LAN using a PCMCIA CardBus NIC, a 3Com 3CXFE575CT. My FC3 system-config-network shows for hardware: "eth0 (3Com Corporation 3cCFE575CT CardBus [Cyclone])".

    When I reboot, the same thing happens--works for a while, then fails. I'm also getting error messages about my soundcard not being detected, but I don't think that's related.

    /usr/var/messages contains the following messages upon first failure and reappears repeatedly after failure until system is shutdown or rebooted:
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: eth0: transmit timed out, tx_status 00 status e000.
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: diagnostics: net 0ce0 media a800 dma 000000a0 fifo 0800
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: Flags; bus-master 1, dirty 1434(10) current 1450(10)
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: Transmit list 0f123840 vs. cf123840.
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: 0: @cf123200 length 8000002a status 0000002a
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: 1: @cf1232a0 length 80000046 status 0c000046
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: 2: @cf123340 length 800000c0 status 0c0000c0
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: 3: @cf1233e0 length 80000046 status 0c000046
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: 4: @cf123480 length 80000042 status 00000042
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: 5: @cf123520 length 8000002a status 0000002a
    Apr 4 13:05:26 localhost kernel: 6: @cf1235c0 length 8000002a status 0000002a
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 7: @cf123660 length 8000002a status 0000002a
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 8: @cf123700 length 8000002a status 8000002a
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 9: @cf1237a0 length 8000002a status 8000002a
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 10: @cf123840 length 80000042 status 00000042
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 11: @cf1238e0 length 80000042 status 00000042
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 12: @cf123980 length 80000054 status 0c000054
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 13: @cf123a20 length 8000002a status 0000002a
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 14: @cf123ac0 length 80000054 status 0c000054
    Apr 4 13:05:27 localhost kernel: 15: @cf123b60 length 8000002a status 0000002a

    Any ideas how to troubleshoot this? I don't know how to recompile the kernel so I'm trying to avoid that if possible.

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    Exclamation Update on 3c50x driver...

    Update on previous post by me:

    Looks like I have a compatibility issue with the 3Com 3CXFE575CT and the 3c50x kernel module driver. Apparently, from my web research, the 3c50x driver used for PCMCIA carbus hardware is unstable for slow machines, CPU of <500MHz, which is the case for me. The driver source needs to be recompiled with a DCARDBUS option, but is not updated for 2.6 kernel. It won't compile with the 2.6 kernel libraries. So, I'm out of luck. Guess I'll buy another NIC card.

    Lesson learned...

    DON'T BUY A PCMCIA CARD that needs the 3Com 3c50x driver if your machine has a CPU clocking below 500Mhz and you plan to run kernel versions 2.4 or later.

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