[OpenBIOS] Re: sorry, it works, K7SEM (fwd)

Ronald G Minnich rminnich at lanl.gov
Tue Aug 28 21:46:58 CEST 2001

Just a sample of what can happen. The K7SEM has two ethernet chips on it,
both will probe fine. But if you try to really use the build-in sis900
chip, it hangs the board, because there is no PHY installed. So you really
need a bios built for that specific motherboard.

PC hardware is really just horrible. There ought to be a spec for reading
vendor/mainboard ID. But the vendors change it so often that I doubt that
would ever really work.


 ---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Wed, 29 Aug 2001 09:07:09 +0800
From: Ollie Lho <ollie at sis.com.tw>
To: Nikolai Vladychevski <niko at isl.net.mx>
Cc: Ronald G Minnich <rminnich at lanl.gov>, linuxbios at lanl.gov
Subject: Re: sorry, it works, K7SEM

Nikolai Vladychevski wrote:
> Ronald G Minnich writes:
> > please send us your kernel output. You can capture the serial output using
> > minicom.
> yes, I am doing this, aparently it dies on loading sis900.c code .... I am
> compiling the kernel without it, lets see what happends. this is the current
> kernel output:

The is the problem. Do not include the SiS 900 driver for any 730 board
which does not have PHY with it. Those boards with RTL 8139 as LAN
are in this category. The driver will hang the machine in probing PHY.


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