RESEND: Networking failure on PowerComputing PowerWave 604/150

Eric Dunbar eric.dunbar at
Wed Jun 8 20:39:53 UTC 2005

On 6/7/05, Leonard Chung <leonard at> wrote:
> I didn't get any responses to this first time around, so I wanted to resend.
> I've got Hoary installed on an OW Mac, but I've been unsuccessful at getting
> any form of stable networking working.
> The internal NIC is detected as eth0 by the MACE module according to dmesg,
> but ifup says that no device is bound to the eth0 device.
> Using an FA311 NIC, it works with the MACE module but has horrible
> latencies, varying from a fast 1ms to about 5000ms for a ping to the gateway
> on the LAN. 
> I've also tried two intel NICs which work with the e100 driver. They
> sometimes work for a little while at bootup, but then seem to just die and
> lose all packets.
> Has anybody seen these problems and had success getting Ubuntu running with
> networking on an OW PowerWave Mac?
> Thanks,
> Leonard

People have managed to get Linux (both Ubuntu and YellowDogLinux)
working OW Macs. Chances are you will have to specify the ethernet
card that you are using.

On my Beige G3 I have to do the following to get YDL 4.0.1 to work
(the default setting for 4.0.1 is for a NewWorld machine's ethernet):

"It's a feature, not a bug. add the following line to /etc/modprobe.conf:
alias eth0 bmac"

You'll have to find out whether bmac will work or if you need something else.

You may also want to read through the YDL archives at 


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