Marvel Yukon using the sk driver

Nikolay Mirin nik at
Mon Aug 20 17:49:53 PDT 2007

I agree, the second card we have there is Intel with fxp driver.
One correction. The message said: "no buffer space available", when you 
ping something through that card.

Clayton Milos said the following on 20.08.2007 16:05:
>> Hi, what I can tell.
>> I had a terrible problem with this card (PCI-E version) exactly one 
>> week ago. Both drivers msk from the system and myk from the vendor 
>> show similar behavior.
>> On high loads, like 2-3 users from Samba domain pulling their 
>> profiles at the same time, the card just chokes. No ping, and
>> "buffer overflow message".
>> I mean I had to bring the interface down and up again. Absolutely 
>> disgusting.
>> No tweak helps.
>> I mean, we tested it over the weekend and it was fine, till folks 
>> come there on Monday and start massively using the server.
>> We downgraded the hardware and put good old 3Com509 PCI or whatever 
>> works with xl driver.
>> Robert Slawson said the following on 20.08.2007 10:13:
>>> Greetings,
>>> I have a marvel yukon pci gigabit ethernet card. For some reason, 
>>> after a period of time it will not transmit unless I make it 
>>> transmit by pinging via the console. It is very annoying as I cannot 
>>> ssh into the machine until I "wake up" the card by telling it to 
>>> ping something.
>>> I am using 6.2 stable and just yesterday rebuilt the kernel and 
>>> world hoping this would fix the problem. But nothing seems to help.
>>> I think the card needs to use the msk driver , which is installed, 
>>> but the card keeps using the sk driver. Is there a way to have 
>>> freebsd re identify the card correctly and use the proper driver?
>>> Thanks in advance,
>>> Bob
>> From my experience it always pays to use good hardware. I use 
>> 3com/Broadcom 
> or Intel NIC's. Nothing else. Ever!
> They get much better throughput with less CPU overhead. And the real 
> advantage is they have good suport in UNIX systems.
> I know Jack Vogel did his best and sorted out the issues with mine and 
> many other people's Intel gigabit (em based) cards when there were 
> issues. My em card is flying along happily now like it should be.
> The last server I bought had dual onboard Broadcom NIC's and I've had 
> not issues throwing 500Mbit/s through them. Haven't had a chance to 
> really push them to the limits yet.
> I know I'm not really helping you directly here but my advice would be 
> to throw an Intel gigabit desktop adapter in there and your problems 
> will disappear. They're only $20-$30 nowadays and it's going to take 
> your headache away.
> -Clay
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