em(4) on FreeBSD is sometimes annoying

Jack Vogel jfvogel at gmail.com
Mon Aug 4 18:47:33 UTC 2008

Right, the Linux driver implemented the ability to write as well as read
the eeprom, I've always been hesitant to add that. But for some it
will be easier to boot Linux and run the script.

Thanks for adding the URL Royce.


On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 11:15 AM, Royce Williams <royce at alaska.net> wrote:
> Jack Vogel wrote, on 8/4/2008 9:54 AM:
>> On Mon, Aug 4, 2008 at 10:35 AM, Royce Williams <royce at alaska.net> wrote:
>>> Jack Vogel wrote, on 8/4/2008 9:18 AM:
>>>> The focus here on the laptop distracted me, but someone else at work
>>>> reminded me. Its very important that you run the EEPROM fix for
>>>> the 82573 that i posted a long while back, search in email archive
>>>> for it. Its a DOS executable that will patch your EEPROM.
>>>> I am not sure if the Lenova's need it, but get it, run it, and then
>>>> see if your problem goes away.
>>> Martin, there's also a link to it from Jeremy's "Commonly Reported
>>> Issues" page:
>>> http://wiki.freebsd.org/JeremyChadwick/Commonly_reported_issues
>>> Look for "DOS-based EEPROM".
>>> Jack, is this issue the same one that is documented here?
>>> http://e1000.sourceforge.net/doku.php?id=known_issues#v_l_e_tx_unit_hang_messages
>>> ... and addressed by this script?
>>> http://e1000.sourceforge.net/doku.php?id=tx_unit_hang
>>> If so, the script could be used without booting from a DOS disk.  If
>>> this is unrelated or is an unsafe way to apply this fix, that would be
>>> handy to know.
>> Thanks for the pointer Royce, and yes that's the issue, and if you
>> want to boot Linux and use that instead of DOS then more power to
>> you.
> Excellent!  For some folks, booting from a Knoppix or Ubuntu CD
> might be easier than trying to gen up a DOS-bootable USB key.  I
> think that recent Knoppix and Ubuntu include ethtool out of the box.
> Point of clarity: the script that I linked to above is to test/invoke
> the problem, not to "address" it.  Below is the script that calls
> ethtool to change the actual bits:
> http://e1000.sourceforge.net/files/fixeep-82573-dspd.sh
> Royce
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