xe problems [was: Re: what is /var/empty]

Scott Mitchell scott+freebsd at fishballoon.org
Sat May 10 06:00:55 PDT 2003

On Fri, May 09, 2003 at 04:43:29PM +0100, Gavin Kenny wrote:
> OK nearly got my xe card working, foregot to enable
> pccard in rc.conf (Doh)
> however dmesg says the card is 100Mbps capable and
> seems to load the driver but then prints the following
> two lines:
> module_register: module pccard/xe already exists!
> linker_file_sysinit "if_xe.ko" failed to register! 17
> Anyone got any ideas what these mean?

This seems to happen when you have a driver compiled into your kernel that
something (presumably pccardd in this case) later tries to load again as a
module.  I'm pretty sure it's harmless.

> The card can be configured and runs at 10Mbps, but I
> can't get it to run at 100Mbps which is crucial. Does
> this driver run at 100Mbps?

The driver is quite happy with 100Mbps, but the Xircom cards' auto-sensing
doesn't always work with some hubs/switches.  Have you tried forcing the
interface into 100Mbps mode rather than leaving it to autoselect?


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