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Date:	Thu, 01 Mar 2007 18:27:18 -0500
From:	Marc D Ronell <>
Subject:  Re: Network access fails unless tcpdump is running?

Andy Gospodarek <> writes:

> On Thu, Mar 01, 2007 at 03:54:58PM -0500, Marc D Ronell wrote:
>> Andy Gospodarek <> writes:
>> > On Thu, Mar 01, 2007 at 02:22:24PM -0500, Marc D Ronell wrote:
>> >> 
>> >> Hi,
>> >> 
>> >> I can not ping a remote host successfully unless I have "tcpdump -i
>> >> eth0" running, in which case, my network access works fine.  
>> >
>> > Interesting that when your interface is in promiscious mode it works
>> > fine, but otherwise it doesn't.  Do you have all of your iptables rules
>> > cleared?
>> >
>> Thanks very  much for  your reply  and interest.  I  find this  an odd
>> problem.  The output of iptables -L looks like:
>>    caviar:/tmp# iptables -L
>>    Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT)
>>    target     prot opt source               destination         
>>    Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT)
>>    target     prot opt source               destination         
>>    Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT)
>>    target     prot opt source               destination         
>> The  machine name  is caviar  on the  prompt.  There  are no  rules in
>> place.  AFAIK,  there are no firewalls running.   Changing the routing
>> table did not help the situation.  
> Looks good.
>> >> I am  running Debian etch on  a Dell Inspiron e1505  laptop.  The eth0
>> >> address  is static  on my  local LAN.   Once tcpdump  is  running, the
>> >> laptop can access the network with no problems.
>> >
>> > What networking hardware is on that laptop?  Can you post the complete
>> > output of `ethtool -i eth0` and the network device info from the output
>> > of `lcpci -vvv`?
>> lspci output is attached below.
> I presumed this is with the wired interface (not the wireless one).
> That is a correct assumption, right?
Thats correct. Its the wired interface, eth0 which is having the
problem.  I have turned the wireless interface, eth2 off with both
ifconfig and ifdown, and still, the connection to the outside only
works when tcpdump is running.

> Can you post the output from `ethtool -i ethX` (where ethX is the wired
> interface).  I ask because that tells me what version of the b44/ipw3945
> driver you are using.

# ethtool -i eth0
driver: b44
version: 1.01
bus-info: 0000:03:00.0

The system was working originally fine, but something changed.
Perhaps through an Debian aptitude update.

Thanks for your help and interest.


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