Intermittent network issues with Freebsd 6.2

Dimuthu Parussalla dparussalla at
Wed Feb 28 22:38:07 UTC 2007

I had to disbale both bge nics to get the server going. Now I am running
with twin em0 nics. Seems to be very stable for at least 9 days.

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-freebsd-stable at
[mailto:owner-freebsd-stable at]On Behalf Of Greg Barniskis
Sent: Thursday, 1 March 2007 8:55 AM
To: Vivek Khera
Cc: FreeBSD Stable
Subject: Re: Intermittent network issues with Freebsd 6.2

Vivek Khera wrote:

> On our PE800, I had to disable the bge on BIOS and plug in an em-based
> NIC card.  Made a world of difference in system stability and
> performance -- it is actually usable now :-)

On our Dell PE2950 units, we had to do the same thing (disable and
replace the Broadcom interfaces), and that was running Windows
Server 2k3. The problem really seems to be flakiness of the chips or
firmware, not necessarily flakiness in the drivers for FreeBSD.
Maybe it's both, I don't know.

My point is that Broadcom cards have had some serious problems on
other platforms too, and not just recently. Other NIC brands have
never given us nearly as much trouble.

Greg Barniskis, Computer Systems Integrator
South Central Library System (SCLS)
Library Interchange Network (LINK)
<gregb at>, (608) 266-6348
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