Problems with Ethernet on PowerBook Wallstreet G3

Joseph Garcia jpgarcia at
Thu Apr 13 22:57:59 EST 2000

Gavin Hemphill wrote:
> Hmmm, I've been trying to replicate the problems with my two Wallstreet
> corruption abounds - Looks like it has something to do with an
> interatction on DMA with the internal IDE drive and the ethernet.

Could this be related to the IDE issues that have been discovered with my hard
drive?  This would mean that there could be a bug in the way DMA is implemented
in hardware on the wallstreet motherboard.  It has been mentioned its possible.
(small flashback: corruption on occation when playing sound, often ro programs
when executed (vi got hit; would run, but would error. few flipped bits
probably), mentioned in SoundJam's readme.  'Contact Apple')

Since MacOS doesn't seem to have any of these problems, there is a solution.

my hard drive from dmesg:
hda: IBM-DYLA-28100, ATA DISK drive
hda: IBM-DYLA-28100, 7815MB w/459kB Cache, CHS=15880/16/63, (U)DMA

Since my brother's lombard has a Toshiba HD, could this all be funkyness with
IBM drives, God forbid? (as opposed to just the BMAC+ doesnt have the hw bug)

Before we start being suspicious, anyone with a non-IBM drive having this

Joseph P. Garcia      jpgarcia at      jpgarcia at
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University of Wisconsin - Madison                            UW Lidar Group

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