Quad ethernet card on AXi starts with identical MAC addresses on 5.2.1R

Joerg Wunsch j at ida.interface-business.de
Mon Jul 19 11:41:29 PDT 2004

As Ken Smith wrote:

> > > I am just wondering if that behavior is as intended.

> > Yes, unless you set local-mac-address? to true in OBP.

> I would be interested in knowing if this works.

Last time I tried it on FreeBSD, it didn't work.

> The pathway I followed seemed to dig the MAC address out of the
> ID-PROM no matter what.  In particular hme_pci_attach() seems to
> call OF_getetheraddr() which in turn seems to blindly dig the MAC
> address out of the idprom.

I've also got that impression.

I'd also be interested in a way to dig out the MAC address of the card
(which must be possible, somehow -- after all, there are four address
labels on the NVRAM [or whatever it is] on the card itself), so it
would be possible to e. g. use a QFE card (which once has been a huge
investment) on a non-sparc64 FreeBSD system.  It seems that right now,
the only dependency of the hme driver on sparc64 is the call to OFW to
obtain the MAC address...

J"org Wunsch					       Unix support engineer
joerg_wunsch at interface-systems.de        http://www.interface-systems.de/~j/

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