[rescue] New SPARCStation 10 owner, needs help with some issues though.

Andrew Jones andrew at jones.ec
Fri Feb 5 18:50:55 CST 2016

On 02/05/2016 05:03 PM, Mike Spooner wrote:
> The Sun Lance Ethernet ("le"), Quad Ethernet ("qe/qec"), and Intel Ethernet
> ("ie") controllers*do not support auto-negotiation of any kind at all*.
> They always and only work at 10Mb/s half-duplex, unless the device-driver
> has been customised to force full-duplex, or if there is an OpenBoot
> "nvram" Forth program configured that is forcing full-duplex at the
> firmware level.

I have had trouble getting an 'le' device to work on any switch, at all.

Not just the negotiation thing, just getting 10 mbps of throughput 
instead of 2 mbps seems to really confuse the boot firmware.

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