Error during boot-up

Conrad J. Sabatier conrads at
Sat Oct 1 07:54:13 UTC 2011

On Wed, 28 Sep 2011 15:44:37 -0400
Jerry <jerry at> wrote:

> From time to time when booting up or rebooting on of my FreeBSD-8.2
> amd 64 machines, the following error message is displayed ad
> infinitum:
> nfe0: discard frame w/o leading ethernet header (len 0 pkt len 0)
> All I can do is repeatedly hit <CTRL>+C until the log-on screen
> appears. Then log-in as root and reboot. Sometimes this works and
> sometimes it doesn't. The same phenomena may happen repeatedly 10
> times or more or suddenly just disappear. I have tried using
> "ifconfig" to bring the network up when this happens but it fails.
> Only a reboot seems to make any difference.
> I am at a loss to figure out how to correct this problem or even what
> is causing it. It just suddenly started approximately three months
> ago. I have changed routers so I think I can safely eliminate that as
> the source of the problem. None of my Windows machines have ever
> complained about this so I am wondering if it isn't local to FreeBSD.
> I think the problem first manifested itself after updating to the
> "8.2" version since I do not remember it happening prior to that.

Have you ruled out a possible hardware problem (defect, interface
"going bad")?

Conrad J. Sabatier
conrads at

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