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Old 01-10-07, 06:11 PM   #1
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Hey all

We're using RHEL3u8 (64bit) on HP xw9300 and xw9400 workstations. The driver provided by RedHat in RHEL3u8 sucks when you're transferring lots of small files and connected to a 1GB switch.

A while ago I was sent an RPM for the 2.4.21-47 kernel providing version 0.60 of the forcedeth driver. I've found what I believe is a later version of this but only for the 32 bit OS (http://www.nvidia.com/object/linux_nforce_1.21.html). Can anyone advise where I can find the latest forcedeth driver (perferrably packaged into an RPM)?

Thanks

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UPDATE:

Forget it. That link does contain the 64bit version. Doh!
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Old 01-10-07, 06:18 PM   #2
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I see the x86_64 RPM for RHEL-3.8 in the zip archive. Where are you looking and not finding it?
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Old 01-24-07, 04:25 PM   #3
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Hi again
Will nVidia be releasing an update to the forcedeth driver for the updated EL3u8 kernel?

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Old 01-24-07, 04:28 PM   #4
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There are no current plans to release updates beyond what is currently released.
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Old 01-25-07, 03:07 AM   #5
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The driver provided by RedHat in RHEL3u8 sucks when you're transferring lots of small files and connected to a 1GB switch.
Did you compare it with another network card with another driver?
Transferring many small files over a 1GB network generally will not give you the transfer rate you might have expected, especially when you do not use a clever protocol like rsync (that keeps a pipe full of data instead of handling each file transfer as a separate transaction).

"The driver sucks" hardly is a description of a problem.
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Old 01-28-07, 05:21 PM   #6
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Agreed. "Driver sucks" is a poor description of the problem. However, when I upgraded from the RedHat provided 0.30 to the nforce 0.60 driver all the performance problems 'went away'.
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