SUMMARY: Dual hme network cards, only one works!

From: Jared Tugwell (
Date: Mon Feb 03 1997 - 22:26:49 CST

A few days ago I submitted the following to this list:


Hello Sun Managers,

I just discovered this fantastic list and this is my first post
and plea for some help. I have an Ultra 1 model 140 with Solaris
2.5.1 and the 103640-04 patch loaded:

# uname -a
SunOS bmhccfw 5.5.1 Generic_103640-04 sun4u sparc SUNW,Ultra-1

This machine has a le0 and two hme Ethernet cards (hme0 & hme1).
I have connected each hme card to its own separate subnet via a
10BaseT cable to a hub. I am not using the le0 interface. With
the computer down and at the "ok" prompt, everything looks normal
at the hub with the link lights on. When I boot and it executes
/etc/rcS.d/ the link light on hme1 goes out. The
system boots normally and after it is up everything looks normal
but hme1 is dead on the network. I have determined that the link
light goes out as a result of "ifconfig hme1 plumb."


Thanks to all who responded. I was confused about whether it
was a software or hardware problem for I'd done all the obvious
troubleshooting to narrow it down. I guess I put too much stock
into the link light being on at the "ok" prompt. I finally called
out a Sun hardware technician who installed new hme cards with no
luck. The Sbus has 3 slots on it with slot #2 taken up by the
video card. 0 and 1 are taken up by the hme cards. We finally
got everything working normally only when we moved the video card
to slot 1 and the hme (that was in 1) to 2. At this point we
were very puzzled and thought we might have a Sbus bug of some
type. No one could explain this even the other support from Sun.
He decided to swap the system board as the last attempt to make it
work in its original configuration. This fixed my problem and I now
have hme0 in slot 0, hme1 in slot 1 and the video card back in slot 2.

* Jared Tugwell                                        (901)227-8257    *
* Baptist Memorial Health Care Corp.   *
* Memphis, TN. 38135                                                    *

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