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

Kevin Oberman oberman at
Thu Jun 17 21:15:12 GMT 2004

> Date: Wed, 16 Jun 2004 14:12:27 +1000
> From: John Birrell <jb at>
> Sender: owner-freebsd-current at
> 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 stable.  
> > when i boot the system with acpi enabled, the bfe0 ethernet device loads up 
> > 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 problems 
> > with acpi.. but for me, disabling acpi is what works.  with acpi disabled, 
> > bfe0 does not reset, and i can use the interface just fine (sic i am able 
> > 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.

'make reinstallkernel' is your friend. And friends don't let friends
overwrite known good kernels with known bad kernels. :-)
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
E-mail: oberman at			Phone: +1 510 486-8634

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