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Old 02-16-06, 08:47 AM   #1
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Default SuSE 10.0 is making my Network Controllers flake out.

Hello All,
I am new here and a Linux noob, this may be a novel sized post so please be kind to me.
I am a strong PC/Windows user but just a nub to Linux so dont be affraid to give some deep advice. :wink:

First my system specs.
A64 3200 @2500Mhz
DFI Lanparty UT NF4 Ultra-D
2GB Ballistix
7800GTX
36GB raptor - 160GB Maxtor both Sata.


I d/l SuSE 10.0 64Bit Eval DVD.
I have my Rator partioned into 20Gig for XP and the rest for SuSE.
The install went perfect and then the install did Online Update and that was perfect aswell.

I surfed a few websites and all was fine.
I poked around for a few minutes never making any changes to anything, then when I went back to the net it wouldn't load any sites, saying connection refused.
After some searching I found that the Nvidia Nic appears to be bad, so I d/l the Marvell Windows drivers for the other network controller and I'm back up.

I booted back into Suse and setup the Marvell controller and BAM that controller died right away.
Both controllers acted like they had no connection and wouldn't get an IP from my router.
The Nvidia Controller the link light would pulse but the Marvell was on for a bit then went off and never came back.
I then unplugged the power cable for 30 secs, powered the machine back up and both Nics are fine.

Anyone have any ideas?
This all happened after I was online for a bit on the Nvidia Coltroller too.

Like I said i got 10.0 and updated everything so I guess it has the new kernel and newest drivers, but i dont know how to find that info.


Also on another topic,
I have 2 viewsonic G90F-2 monitors hooked up to my GTX but only the primary will fire up.
I see reference to more then 1 monitor in the config of the card but I can't find where to turn the 2nd monnie on.

Thx for any help you might have and sorry for the novel.
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Old 02-16-06, 11:18 AM   #2
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Default Re: SuSE 10.0 is making my Network Controllers flake out.

Unless you're using at least version 0.42 of the forcedeth driver, you're likely hitting a known bug.

What does "ethtool -i eth0" show?
Have you checked dmesg for errors when the NIC died?

-Lonni
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Old 02-16-06, 12:59 PM   #3
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Default Re: SuSE 10.0 is making my Network Controllers flake out.

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Unless you're using at least version 0.42 of the forcedeth driver, you're likely hitting a known bug.

What does "ethtool -i eth0" show?
Have you checked dmesg for errors when the NIC died?

-Lonni
It is working now, why i don't know.
But now there is 2 nvidia nics showing with different mac addresses.
Probably because i changed the mac in the bios but then set it back to the default.
So I show 3 nics 2- nvidia with different MAC Addy and the Marvell.
How do i disable the unused nics.
I will run the line and see what it shows.

Also twinview still does not work.

Thx for the help.
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Old 02-16-06, 01:10 PM   #4
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Ok I am posting this from the Suse install so I am on.
I do not have an eth0, but eth1 and eth2

# ethtool -i eth0
Cannot get driver information: No such device

# ethtool -i eth1
driver: sk98lin
version: 8.23.1.3 (01)
firmware-version: N/A
bus-info: 0000:01:0a.0

linux:/home/james # ethtool -i eth2
driver: forcedeth
version: 0.35
firmware-version:
bus-info: 0000:00:0a.0

ifconfig gives me this.

# ifconfig
eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:01:29:FC:51:52
inet6 addr: fe80::201:29ff:fefc:5152/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
Interrupt:82 Memory:fe9f4000-0

eth2 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:60:F5:00:1F:27
inet addr:192.168.0.104 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::260:f5ff:fe00:1f27/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:855 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:624 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:430298 (420.2 Kb) TX bytes:132303 (129.2 Kb)
Interrupt:233 Base address:0x2000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:26 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:26 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:1644 (1.6 Kb) TX bytes:1644 (1.6 Kb)

Strange that yast shows 3 nics but here only 2 are shown.
Do i need to worry about disabling those other nics?
They are all set to dhcp and i dont know how to change that.
No need in wasting resourcing trying to get an IP it will never recieve.

thx for the help.
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Old 02-16-06, 03:33 PM   #5
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Default Re: SuSE 10.0 is making my Network Controllers flake out.

You're using forcedeth 0.35, so you're definitely going to be afflicted by the bug that results in TX spontaneously dying under high throughput. You need to use a much newer kernel with at least version 0.42.

Sorry, but I can't help with Marvell issues, that's not NVIDIA hardware.

Please start a new thread for problems with TwinView, and include a bug report.

Thanks,
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Old 02-16-06, 04:01 PM   #6
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Ok do you think you could be so kind as to tell me where to get it and how to install it.

Thank You.
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Old 02-16-06, 04:05 PM   #7
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kernel.org is where the kernels are. You need to build a new kernel to get an updated forcedeth (or patch the driver in a pre-existing kernel source). SuSE provides instructions on how to build kernels.

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Old 02-16-06, 04:12 PM   #8
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Thank You very much.
One last question, how can i see what version of the kernel i have installed?
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Old 02-16-06, 04:29 PM   #9
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"uname -a"

-Lonni
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