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Old 01-25-2005, 06:16 AM   #1
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networking won't start on boot, restart works...


i've got a debian unstable isntall on an (old) IBM thinkpad i1300. the machine has built-in lucent wifi (eth1) and pcmcia 10/100 card (eth0). problem is that on boot networking tries to start but fails. after boot i can issue an '/etc/init.d/networking restart' and everything works 100%. i have /etc/network/interfaces setup properly i think...
# This file describes the network interfaces available on your system
# and how to activate them. For more information, see interfaces(5).

# Autoload on boot
auto lo eth1

# The loopback network interface
iface lo inet loopback

# This is a list of hotpluggable network interfaces.
# They will be activated automatically by the hotplug subsystem.
#mapping hotplug
#	script grep
#	map eth0

# The primary network interface

iface eth0 inet dhcp

iface eth1 inet dhcp
  hostname $HOSTNAME
  wireless-essid ""
  wireless-nick "home"
  wireless-mode managed
  wireless-rate auto
  wireless-key open XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XXXX-XX
on boot i get a message pretty quickly after the kernel unpacks that says something like "eth1 unavailable, skipping". i cannot find the exact verbage in any of the logs. from my dmesg it looks like the wifi card is the last thing to come up...
Linux version 2.6.8 (root@thinner) (gcc version 3.3.5 (Debian 1:3.3.5-3)) #14 Sun Dec 19 00:12:01 EST 2004
BIOS-provided physical RAM map:
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000000000 - 000000000009fc00 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000009fc00 - 00000000000a0000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000000f0000 - 0000000000100000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 0000000000100000 - 000000000b7e0000 (usable)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000b7e0000 - 000000000b7f0000 (reserved)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000b7f0000 - 000000000b7f8000 (ACPI data)
 BIOS-e820: 000000000b7f8000 - 000000000b800000 (ACPI NVS)
 BIOS-e820: 00000000ffff0000 - 0000000100000000 (reserved)
183MB LOWMEM available.
On node 0 totalpages: 47072
  DMA zone: 4096 pages, LIFO batch:1
  Normal zone: 42976 pages, LIFO batch:10
  HighMem zone: 0 pages, LIFO batch:1
eth1: Station identity 001f:0001:0006:000e
eth1: Looks like a Lucent/Agere firmware version 6.14
eth1: Ad-hoc demo mode supported
eth1: IEEE standard IBSS ad-hoc mode supported
eth1: WEP supported, 104-bit key
eth1: MAC address 00:02:2D:14:74:D8
eth1: Station name "HERMES I"
eth1: ready
eth1: index 0x01: Vcc 3.3, irq 6, io 0x0100-0x013f
spurious 8259A interrupt: IRQ7.
eth1: New link status: Connected (0001)
my feeling is that when the initial '/etc/init.d/networking start' is called the wireless card is not yet ready, maybe because it doesn't have a signal yet?

if anyone has any insight in to how to correctly set my networking to come up at the proper time or to b-slap my wifi card into coming up faster so that it's ready when the kernel checks on it please share your wisdom with me =).
Old 01-25-2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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Maybe there's a problem loading some kernel module at boot time.
What does "lsmod" say when you have it working?
Old 01-25-2005, 10:03 PM   #3
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welp, i built a custom 2.6.8 and built almost everything into the kernel. right now, when i'm typing this to you, this is my lsmod...
Module                  Size  Used by
snd_ali5451            21384  1 
snd_ac97_codec         66948  1 snd_ali5451
xircom_cb               9312  0
...the snd_* are the alsa drivers (had problems with other machines building alsa into the kernel) and the xircom_cb is for the pcmcia 10/100 network card (currently not plugged into a network, only using wifi). when i was using the wired network, before i bought the wap, i didn't have any issues with having to restart the network.


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