Updated: 2021/Apr/14

WE(4)                        Device Drivers Manual                       WE(4)

     we - Western Digital/SMC WD80x3, SMC Elite Ultra, and SMC EtherEZ
     Ethernet cards device driver

   ISA boards
     we0 at isa? port 0x280 iomem 0xd0000 irq 9
     we1 at isa? port 0x300 iomem 0xcc000 irq 10

   MCA boards
     we* at mca? slot ?

     we0 at vme0 irq 4 # SMC Elite Ultra with SMC_TT VME-ISA bridge

     The we device driver supports Western Digital/SMC WD80x3, SMC Elite
     Ultra, and SMC EtherEZ Ethernet cards.

     For some clone boards the driver is not able to recognize 16bit or 8bit
     interfaces correctly.  Since this makes a huge difference (see diagnostic
     section below) you can override this by specifying flags value in the
     config file:

     we2 at isa? port 0x300 iomem 0xe0000 irq 15 flags 4

     The values to add together for flags are:

     2  force adapter to be treated as 8bit, even if it probes as a 16bit
     interface.  Improper use of this flag will make the driver fail or send
     invalid Ethernet packets.

     4  force adapter to be treated as 16bit, even if it probes as a 8bit
     interface.  For example the COMPEX ENT/U boards identify as WD8003
     compatibles, but are in fact 16bit cards.  Using this flag on a board
     that really is a 8bit board will result in bogus packets being sent.

     8  disable the use of double transmit buffers to save space in the on-
     board RAM for more receive buffers.

     Note that all supported MCA cards are 16bit, and the SMC_TT VME-ISA
     bridge interface for atari supports only SMC Elite Ultra.

     The ability to select media from software is dependent on the particular
     model of WD/SMC card.  The following models support only manual
     configuration: WD8003S, WD8003E, and WD8013EBT.

     Other WD/SMC 80x3 interfaces support two types of media on a single card.
     All support the AUI media type.  The other media is either BNC or UTP
     behind a transceiver.  Software cannot differentiate between BNC and UTP
     cards.  On some models, the AUI port is always active.

     The SMC Elite Ultra and SMC EtherEZ interfaces support three media a
     single card: AUI, BNC, and UTP.  If the transceiver is active, the BNC
     media is selected.  Otherwise, the AUI and UTP ports are both active.

     To enable the AUI media, select the 10base5 or aui media type with
     ifconfig(8)'s media directive.  To select the other media (transceiver),
     select the 10base2 or bnc media type.

     we0: overriding IRQ <n> to <m>  The IRQ specified in the kernel
     configuration file is different from that found in the card's
     configuration registers.  The value in the kernel configuration file is
     being overridden by the one configured into the card.

     we0: can't wildcard IRQ on a <model>  The IRQ was wildcarded in the
     kernel configuration file, and the card is a WD8003S, WD8003E, or
     WD8013EBT, which do not support software IRQ configuration.

     we0: failed to clear shared memory at offset <off>  The memory test was
     unable to clear the interface's shared memory region.  This often
     indicates that the card is configured at a conflicting iomem address.

     we0: warning - receiver ring buffer overrun  The DP8390 Ethernet chip
     used by this board implements a shared-memory ring-buffer to store
     incoming packets.

     The 16bit boards (8013 series) have 16k of memory as well as fast memory
     access speed.  Typical memory access speed on these boards is about
     4MB/second.  These boards generally have no problems keeping up with full
     Ethernet speed and the ring-buffer seldom overfills.

     However, the 8bit boards (8003) usually have only 8k bytes of shared
     memory.  This is only enough room for about 4 full-size (1500 byte)
     packets.  This can sometimes be a problem, especially on the original
     WD8003E, because these boards' shared-memory access speed is quite slow;
     typically only about 1MB/second.  The overhead of this slow memory
     access, and the fact that there is only room for 4 full-sized packets
     means that the ring-buffer will occasionally overrun.  When this happens,
     the board must be reset to avoid a lockup problem in early revision
     8390's.  Resetting the board causes all of the data in the ring-buffer to
     be lost, requiring it to be retransmitted/received, congesting the board
     further.  Because of this, maximum throughput on these boards is only
     about 400-600k per second.

     This problem is exasperated by NFS because the 8bit boards lack
     sufficient memory to support the default 8k byte packets that NFS and
     other protocols use as their default.  If these cards must be used with
     NFS, use the NFS -r and -w options in /etc/fstab to limit NFS's packet
     size.  4096 byte packets generally work.

     ifmedia(4), intro(4), isa(4), mca(4), ifconfig(8)

NetBSD 9.99                     March 23, 2010                     NetBSD 9.99