To compile this driver into the kernel,
place the following lines in your
kernel configuration file:
device miibusdevice gem
Alternatively, to load the driver as a
module at boot time, place the following line in
driver provides support for the GMac Ethernet hardware found mostly in
the last Apple PowerBooks G3s and most G4-based Apple hardware, as
well as many Sun UltraSPARCs.
Chips supported by the
Sun ERI 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
Sun GEM Gigabit Ethernet
following add-on cards are known to work with the
driver at this time:
Sun Gigabit Ethernet PCI 2.0/3.0 (GBE/P)
(part no. 501-4373)
On sparc64 the
driver respects the
system configuration variable which can be set in the Open Firmware boot
monitor using the
command or by
If set to
(the default), the
driver will use the system's default MAC address for all of its devices.
If set to
the unique MAC address of each interface is used if present rather than
the system's default MAC address.
Supported interfaces having their own MAC address include the on-board
Sun ERI 10/100 Mbps on boards equipped with more than one Ethernet interface
and the Sun Gigabit Ethernet 2.0/3.0 GBE add-on cards.
driver fails to attach to Sun Gigabit Ethernet SBus 2.0/3.0 (GBE/S) cards,
as no SBus front-end has been written so far.