My new onboard ethernet - Realtek PHY RTL8201CL on an ASRock K8NF4G-SATA2 board - seems to have a strange problem with dual-booting. After I've booted Windows XP it refuses to work in linux. My system hangs for a time during bootup at "Network" and finally moves on after network has registered as failed.
The only solution seems to be to turn-off the computer and truly power it down (unplug it). Once I've done that everything seems to work again without any trouble. I believe it must be the ethernet since this didn't happen with my old computer using exactly the same ethernet ADSL modem.
Since I don't use windows often it's not a big problem for me, but it is an annoyance. Does anyone know what might be causing this?
weird, not that related but i remember an issue with ati users where starting windows first was necessary to initialize the ati card; thus getting it to launch in linux...
maybe you can alleviate this by having some initialize down/up code in your startup code before 'network'.
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