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Date:   Tue, 13 Oct 2020 10:20:26 +0200
From:   Ezra Buehler <>
To:     Thomas Petazzoni <>
Cc:, Stefan Roese <>,,
Subject: Re: Linux mvneta driver unable to read MAC address from HW

Hi Thomas,

On 13 Oct 2020, at 08:35, Thomas Petazzoni <> wrote:
> I suspect you have the mvneta driver as a module ? If this is the case,
> then indeed, the MAC address is lost because Linux turns of all unused
> clocks at the end of the boot. When the driver is built-in, there is a
> driver adding a reference to the clock before all unused clocks are
> disabled. When the driver is compiled as a module, this does not
> happen. So indeed, the correct solution here is to have U-Boot pass the
> MAC address in the Device Tree.

Yes, you are right, the driver is compiled as module. This explains
everything, thank you very much for the clarification.

Have a nice day!


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