nve0 nvidia onboard ethernet dies daily on 6.0 beta1

O. Hartmann ohartman at mail.uni-mainz.de
Fri Aug 19 10:27:35 GMT 2005

Kövesdán Gábor wrote:

> alan bryan wrote:
>> --- Kövesdán Gábor <gabor.kovesdan at t-hosting.hu>
>> wrote:
>>> The nve driver has a lot of problems. You
>>> experienced just device timeouts, but other people - including me -
>>> experiences system crashes. As for me, I've had two kind of kernel 
>>> panics, and
>>> device timeouts too.
>>> Cheers,
>>> Gabor Kovesdan
>> Do you (or does anyone else here) have any
>> recommendations then on a good PCI express (no plain
>> PCI slots) ethernet card that doesn't use the nve
>> driver?  Maybe an Intel card?  Gigabit speeds
>> preferably.  I could then use that until the nve
>> driver gets fixed (Is somebody even working on fixing
>> it?).
>> Thanks,
>> Alan
> No, unfortunately I don't know about a good alternative. I don't think 
> anybody is
> working on it now. Maxime Henrion and Quinton Dolan committed changes 
> to that driver,
> but unfortunately it didn't make things better.
> Cheers,
> Gábor Kövesdán

I'm also interested in fixing the omnipresent nve-problems, but reading 
the manpages for nve(4) reveals the bad circumstance that this driver 
seems to be 'wrapped' around a Linux binary object. Nvidia obviously 
isn't willing to offer documentation about the chip's internals so it 
will be hard to develop an open source driver for this NIC. That sounds 
to me to get happy with a 'ever GIANT locked' nve NIC using FreeBSD 6.X


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