From: John Paul Adrian Glaubitz <>

The AX88796B as installed on the X-Surf-100 does not recognize a MII reset
request if the previous write to the MII control register also was a reset
request. So a dummy write to the control register makes the soft reset in
the PHY initialization code work.

Signed-off-by: Michael Karcher <>
 drivers/net/ethernet/8390/ax88796.c |    4 ++++
 1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/net/ethernet/8390/ax88796.c 
index 6af9aca..a2f9a09 100644
--- a/drivers/net/ethernet/8390/ax88796.c
+++ b/drivers/net/ethernet/8390/ax88796.c
@@ -374,6 +374,10 @@ static int ax_mii_probe(struct net_device *dev)
                return -ENODEV;
+       /* write a non-reset pattern to the control register to
+        * re-arm the reset request detection logic (needed on AX88796B)
+        */
+       phy_write(phy_dev, MII_BMCR, 0);
        ret = phy_connect_direct(dev, phy_dev, ax_handle_link_change,
        if (ret) {

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