PCN(4) MidnightBSD Kernel Interfaces Manual PCN(4)

NAME

pcn — AMD PCnet/PCI Fast Ethernet device driver

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel configuration file:

device miibus
device pcn

Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):

if_pcn_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The pcn driver provides support for PCI Ethernet adapters and embedded controllers based on the AMD PCnet/FAST, PCnet/FAST+, PCnet/FAST III, PCnet/PRO and PCnet/Home Ethernet controller chips. Supported NIC’s include the Allied Telesyn AT-2700 family.

The PCnet/PCI chips include a 100Mbps Ethernet MAC and support both a serial and MII-compliant transceiver interface. They use a bus master DMA and a scatter/gather descriptor scheme. The AMD chips provide a mechanism for zero-copy receive, providing good performance in server environments. Receive address filtering is provided using a single perfect filter entry for the station address and a 64-bit multicast hash table.

The pcn driver supports the following media types:

autoselect

Enable autoselection of the media type and options. The user can manually override the autoselected mode by adding media options to rc.conf(5).

10baseT/UTP

Set 10Mbps operation. The ifconfig(8) mediaopt option can also be used to select either ‘full-duplex’ or ‘half-duplex’ modes.

100baseTX

Set 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet) operation. The ifconfig(8) mediaopt option can also be used to select either ‘full-duplex’ or ‘half-duplex’ modes.

The pcn driver supports the following media options:

full-duplex

Force full duplex operation

half-duplex

Force half duplex operation.

For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

HARDWARE

The pcn driver supports adapters and embedded controllers based on the AMD PCnet/FAST, PCnet/FAST+, PCnet/FAST III, PCnet/PRO and PCnet/Home Fast Ethernet chips:

AMD Am79C971 PCnet-FAST

AMD Am79C972 PCnet-FAST+

AMD Am79C973/Am79C975 PCnet-FAST III

AMD Am79C976 PCnet-PRO

AMD Am79C978 PCnet-Home

Allied-Telesis LA-PCI

NEC SV-98/2-B05, B06

DIAGNOSTICS

pcn%d: couldn’t map ports/memory  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

pcn%d: couldn’t map interrupt  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

pcn%d: watchdog timeout  The device has stopped responding to the network, or there is a problem with the network connection (e.g. a cable fault).

pcn%d: no memory for rx list  The driver failed to allocate an mbuf for the receiver ring.

pcn%d: no memory for tx list  The driver failed to allocate an mbuf for the transmitter ring when allocating a pad buffer or collapsing an mbuf chain into a cluster.

pcn%d: chip is in D3 power state -- setting to D0  This message applies only to adapters which support power management. Some operating systems place the controller in low power mode when shutting down, and some PCI BIOSes fail to bring the chip out of this state before configuring it. The controller loses all of its PCI configuration in the D3 state, so if the BIOS does not set it back to full power mode in time, it will not be able to configure it correctly. The driver tries to detect this condition and bring the adapter back to the D0 (full power) state, but this may not be enough to return the driver to a fully operational condition. If you see this message at boot time and the driver fails to attach the device as a network interface, you will have to perform a warm boot to have the device properly configured.

Note that this condition only occurs when warm booting from another operating system. If you power down your system prior to booting FreeBSD, the card should be configured correctly.

SEE ALSO

arp(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), ifconfig(8)

AMD PCnet/FAST, PCnet/FAST+ and PCnet/Home datasheets

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http://www.amd.com .

HISTORY

The pcn device driver first appeared in FreeBSD 4.3.

AUTHORS

The pcn driver was written by Bill Paul 〈wpaul@osd.bsdi.com〉.

MidnightBSD 0.3 January 31, 2006 MidnightBSD 0.3