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Date:	Mon, 25 Aug 2008 15:42:58 +0100
From:	"Daniel J Blueman" <>
To:	"Linux Netdev" <>,
	"Linux Networking" <>
Subject: [sky2, solved] transmit timeouts and firmware update...

I (and a lot of other users) have been experiencing the frequent sky2
transmit timeout problem [1] (on 88E8053/Yukon2 EC gig hardware); this
is a result of the embedded NIC controller locking up, and I've found
that updating the firmware addresses this issue. I'm still seeing a
previous and different issue [2] from time to time though (silicon

Marvell shipping broken firmware is completely unpublicised or
acknowledged, however updated firmware is available through your
motherboard vendor, so all hope it not lost after all...

My 8053/EC is using firmware 2.2 (previously 1.9) - you can check in
DOS with 'yukondg.exe' from .


--- [1]

NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0 (sky2): transmit timed out
sky2 eth0: tx timeout
sky2 eth0: transmit ring 20 .. 491 report=20 done=20

--- [2]

sky2 eth0: hung mac 1:119 fifo 7 (90:163)
sky2 eth0: receiver hang detected
sky2 eth0: disabling interface
sky2 eth0: enabling interface
Daniel J Blueman
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