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Date:	Tue, 29 Jan 2008 03:46:08 +0300
From:	Michael Tokarev <>
To:	Frederik Himpe <>
CC:	LKML <>,
Subject: Re: Udev coldplugging loads 8139too driver instead of 8139cp

Frederik Himpe wrote:
> Linux 2.6.24 kernel gives the following messages when udev coldplugging
> loads the driver for my NIC:
> 8139too 0000:00:0b.0: This (id 10ec:8139 rev 20) is an enhanced 8139C+ chip
> 8139too 0000:00:0b.0: Use the "8139cp" driver for improved performance and stability.

There are 2 drivers for 8139-based NICs.  For really different two kinds
of hardware, which both uses the same PCI identifiers.  Both drivers
"claims" to work with all NICs with those PCI ids, because "externally"
(by means of udev for example) it's impossible to distinguish the two
kinds of hardware, it becomes clean only when the driver (either of the
two) loads and actually checks which hardware we have here.

Udev in fact loads both - 8139cp and 8139too.  The difference is the ORDER
in which it loads them - if for "cp-handled" hardware it first loads "too",
too will complain as above and will NOT claim the device.  The same is
true for the opposite.

So - in short - things has always been this way (thanks to realtec).
I've seen similar (but opposite) effects on my systems, which are all
should be serviced by 8139too driver but 8139cp loaded first - up
till i gave up and just disabled 8139cp...

I don't know what happened in 2.6.24, but my guess is that since 8139too-based
hw is now alot more common, the two drivers are listed in the opposite

In short: NotABug, or ComplainToRealtec (but that's waaaay too late and
will not help anyway) ;)


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