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landysaccount 12-02-2008 11:18 AM

Network Card Failed
 
Hello.

I came across something weird: All over a sudden my LAN connections just failed. I looked in the syslog file and I found this:

Dec 2 10:57:13 debian-test kernel: eth1: Link changed: 100Mbps, full duplex
Dec 2 10:57:13 debian-test kernel: eth1: Something Wicked happened! ffff.
Dec 2 10:57:13 debian-test kernel: eth1 : reset not completed !!
Dec 2 10:57:13 debian-test last message repeated 33 times

I did not disconnected the NIC, I didn't have a power failure, the switch connected to the the server (eth1) didn't get disconnected.

What can cause this?

onebuck 12-02-2008 11:49 AM

Hi,

Several things can cause this. Possible cable or RJ45 Plug or receptacle failure. A switch failure or power supply glitch. I'm just shooting in the dark but I would swap the cable first or just reset the connectors to see if that helps.

How often does this occur?

landysaccount 12-02-2008 12:30 PM

Thanks for replying.

This is the first time this happened. I swapped cables and still the same problem. I think the NIC is busted. I put it in another box and that box now won't even boot up.

I tried replacing it with another one but can't get the new one configured. The new NIC (eth1) gets detected:

ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:12.0[A] -> GSI 23 (level, low) -> IRQ 233
eth0: VIA Rhine II at 0x1d000, 00:e0:4d:83:4a:9d, IRQ 233.
eth0: MII PHY found at address 1, status 0x786d advertising 01e1 Link 45e1.
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:04:03.0[A] -> GSI 16 (level, low) -> IRQ 50
tulip0: MII transceiver #1 config 1000 status 786d advertising 05e1.
eth1: ADMtek Comet rev 17 at 00019c00, 00:E0:4C:0B:22:E3, IRQ 50.


but, when I try to ifconfig eth1 up:

test:~# ifconfig eth1 up
eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device

test:~# /etc/init.d/networking restart
Reconfiguring network interfaces...SIOCSIFADDR: No such device
eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
SIOCSIFNETMASK: No such device
SIOCSIFBRDADDR: No such device
eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
Failed to bring up eth1.
done.

Note:
The first NIC (damaged) installed was a Encore ENL832-TX-EN Ver2

I am trying to replace it with:
Nexxt NW122NXT13

[color=green]test:~# lspci -tv
-+-[0000:80]---01.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. VIA High Definition Audio Controller
\-[0000:00]-+-00.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
+-00.1 VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
+-00.2 VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
+-00.3 VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
+-00.4 VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
+-00.5 VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 I/O APIC Interrupt Controller
+-00.6 VIA Technologies, Inc. Unknown device 6364
+-00.7 VIA Technologies, Inc. P4M900 Host Bridge
+-01.0-[0000:01]----00.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. Unknown device 3371
+-02.0-[0000:02]--
+-03.0-[0000:03]--
+-0f.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. Unknown device 5337
+-0f.1 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82C586A/B/VT82C686/A/B/VT823x/A/C PIPC Bus Master IDE
+-10.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
+-10.1 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
+-10.2 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
+-10.3 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller
+-10.4 VIA Technologies, Inc. USB 2.0
+-11.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A PCI to ISA Bridge
+-11.7 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8251 Ultra VLINK Controller
+-12.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT6102 [Rhine-II]
+-13.0 VIA Technologies, Inc. VT8237A Host Bridge
\-13.1-[0000:04]--+-03.0 ADMtek NC100 Network Everywhere Fast Ethernet 10/100[ /color]


How can I set it up correctly?

Thanks in advanced for your help.

onebuck 12-02-2008 04:52 PM

Hi,

What is assigned eth0?

Do you have the module loaded for the new NIC?

landysaccount 12-02-2008 05:32 PM

I don't know what was or is wrong with my system. Now, the card that wasn't communicating is now working. I disabled the ACPI Power Management in the BIOS and after that it worked. So, the suspected busted NIC card is now working after buying an additional NIC.

I never had this problem in the past. Has anyone experienced this before?

Is it recommended to enable ACPI on a server?

H_TeXMeX_H 12-03-2008 03:50 AM

It could be some type of IRQ conflict or hardware issues with the motherboard, what kind of motherboard is it ?

I actually had such a thing happen on a Gigabyte board due to a JMicron IDE controller, the only way I could stop it is to disable it in the BIOS. It was very difficult to debug such a problem tho, it took several months of trying different things ... luckily I found the problem in the end.

landysaccount 12-03-2008 06:42 AM

The mother board used on that system is a BioStar P4900 M7FE with a Celeron Processor.

It took me the entire day yesterday to get it resolved.

H_TeXMeX_H 12-03-2008 08:02 AM

As I see the SATA controller is integrated with the VIA southbridge, I haven't heard of problems with these, so it's probably something else.


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