Dell PE 1950 bce NICs revisited

Josh Paetzel josh at
Wed Nov 29 04:41:10 PST 2006

I've been using 6.1-R on a PE1950 for some time now.  The stock bce 
driver doesn't work at all.  I dug up a driver off the web (0.9.6) 
that worked fine with my workload (basically all TCP) but in talking 
to Scott I discovered that UDP traffic was a problem for this driver.  
Some time ago I upgraded to the driver in -STABLE.  This driver also 
appears to work fine, but about once a day I get the following:

Nov 29 01:16:47 server2 kernel: 
bce1: /usr/src/sys/dev/bce/if_bce.c(5000): Watch
dog timeout occurred, resetting!
Nov 29 01:16:47 server2 kernel: bce1: link state changed to DOWN
Nov 29 01:16:48 server2 kernel: bce1: link state changed to UP

Pretty minor complaint, as it doesn't really affect the operation of 
the box, but I suppose it's a sign that there's still some work to be 

$FreeBSD: src/sys/dev/bce/if_bce.c,v 2006/10/24

As I write this I see there has been some further work on the driver, 
so I think I'll upgrade it and see what happens.


Josh Paetzel

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