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Date:	Mon, 17 Sep 2007 14:58:23 -0400
From:	"L F" <lfabio.linux@...il.com>
To:	"Kok, Auke" <auke-jan.h.kok@...el.com>
Cc:	"James Chapman" <jchapman@...alix.com>, netdev@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: e1000 driver and samba

On 9/17/07, Kok, Auke <auke-jan.h.kok@...el.com> wrote:
> The statistic we were looking at _will_ increase when running in half duplex,
> but if it increases when running in full duplex might indicate a hardware
> failure. Probably you have fixed the issue with the CAT6 cable.
Uhm, 'fixed' may be premature: I restarted the machine and with 22
hours uptime I am getting:
tx_deferred_ok: 36254

> Can you run this new configuration with the old cable? that would eliminate
> the cable (or not)
I most certainly can. This seems to have gotten worse by a factor or
100 or more.. so am I to suspect the new cable?

> A single port failure on a switch can also happen, and samba is definately
> a good test for defective hardware. I cannot rule out anything from the
> information we have gotten yet.
True, but I tried changing the switch ports with little change.
Putting a client on the same switch port yielded no errors on the
client, although unfortunately I don't have ethtool statistics on XP.
The switch, btw, is a fairly generic GS108 from Netgear (there
actually are two).

LF
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