FreeBSD 7.1-RC1 rl0 watchdog timeout with custom kernel

Roland Smith rsmith at
Mon Dec 15 09:56:20 PST 2008

On Mon, Dec 15, 2008 at 10:31:16AM +0300, Gennady Kudryashoff wrote:
> Hello, all!
> I have Asus X51RL laptop with FreeBSD 7.1-RC1 installed.
> There were no troubles with GENERIC kernel, but when I've compiled custom kernel, rl ethernet driver tells to the console a lot of errors:
> rl0: link state changed to UP
> rl0: watchdog timeout
> rl0: watchdog timeout
> Any mistake?

Have you looked at the manual page for this driver? (try running 'man
rl' in a (x-)terminal). I quote:

     rl%d: watchdog timeout  The device has stopped responding to the network,
     or there is a problem with the network connection (cable).

I recently dumped an rl based card because it didn't work properly
(upload speed sucked).

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