nvnet and RH9 hangs or poor performance
I downloaded and installed the nforce2 drivers (NVIDIA_nforce-1.0-0261.rh90up_2.4.20_9.athlon.rpm) for my RH9 machine with an Asus A7N266-VM. I went to great lengths to install the deprecated kernel RPM (2.4.20_9) for which Nvidia has prepared a binary RPM. I also tried working with the tar files and compiling them into my kernel.
I found that the following occurs:
Simple network use (file transfer, etc) has abysmal throughput and uses 100% CPU or the kernel hangs completely.
I have not seen many examples of people having luck with this chipset. Is this a temporary problem which Nvidia is correcting? Based upon the experience I have had unless this is corrected I will be deliberately looking for motherboards which do not include onboard lan.
ASUS have their own drivers, try them out, and if you can, skip both ASUS and nvidia drivers and go with whatever driver you can find support for in your kernel...
ASUS drivers are based off of nvidia drivers, but usually a generation older, which basically means that if you are using the latest nvidia drivers, you are a beta tester (not that nvidia would ever release a patch, nooooo, they release new, even buggier drivers instead, GREAT)...
Buy yourself a cheap networking card that is supported by the standard kernel instead, there are loads of them below 10$...
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