7.0 crashes

Firas Kraiem firas at itsuki.fkraiem.org
Mon Mar 17 00:35:28 UTC 2008

On Sunday 16 March 2008 20:43:03 illoai at gmail.com wrote:
> On 16/03/2008, Firas Kraiem <firas at itsuki.fkraiem.org> wrote:
> > Greetings
> >
> >  I have a 7.0 system (upgraded from 6.2 to 6.3 then to 7.0 using
> >  freebsd-update) and I've experienced a few system crashes (the
> > system just hard-reboots on it's own) that seem to happen when it
> > is under heavy network load (downloading at several
> > megabytes/second).
> >
> >  Nothing gets written in /var/log/messages when the crashes happen,
> > and I'm a bit clueless about how to investigate the issue further,
> > so ideas would be much appreciated.
> Lo, back in the days of fbsd4.1.1 (or thereabouts) a
> similar problem had I: random crashes under network
> load with no core files, no dumps, no errors.
> Try replacing your NIC.

Thanks for your answer.

The NIC in question is a Realtek 8139 and indeed, Google told me that a 
few people have been experiencing similar issues with it. However, that 
was with old (4.x/5.x) FreeBSD releases, so I'm wondering: is this 
particular NIC model still causing problems or is it the NIC breaking 
in some way? The reason I ask is that the machine is a dedicated server 
over which I have no hardware control, so asking the provider to 
replace the NIC with another model could be a bit bothersome.


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