bfe0 with/without acpi -- "watchdog timeout" error

Michael Roberts tpen0010 at
Wed Jun 16 13:36:16 GMT 2004

ahh, excellent, it works now.  that's interesting -- i synced up  with cvsup 
about 4-5 days ago and did a make buildworld, and that's when the problems 
started.   i just used cvsup to sync with just the /usr/src/sys directory, 
rebuilt my kernel, and all is ok now, it appears.

thanks for your speedy help.


>From: John Birrell <jb at>
>To: Michael Roberts <tpen0010 at>
>CC: freebsd-current at
>Subject: Re: bfe0 with/without acpi -- "watchdog timeout" error
>Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 14:12:27 +1000
>On Tue, Jun 15, 2004 at 07:20:56PM -0400, Michael Roberts wrote:
> > i've run into a problem with -current, which wasn't there with 5.2 
> > when i boot the system with acpi enabled, the bfe0 ethernet device loads 
> > and works for a short period of time, after which it gives the error
> > "watchdog timeout -- resetting".
> >
> > after scanning the mailing lists, i saw that other people had had 
> > with acpi.. but for me, disabling acpi is what works.  with acpi 
> > bfe0 does not reset, and i can use the interface just fine (sic i am 
> > to send this message... :)
> >
> > so -- what do i do to get both acpi and bfe0 running at the same time?
>The result of the discussion you've referred to was that one piece of the
>ACPI code was backed out for the time being [ thanks to John Baldwin and
>Nate Lawson for responding to the problems noted].
>As of today, a cvsup of -current runs fine on my Dell 1150 which uses
>bfe. I suggest you try updating - just keep a known good kernel around
>just in case.
>John Birrell

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