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Date:	Thu, 01 Nov 2012 13:58:13 -0400
From:	Shawn Starr <>
Subject: [3.5/6.x][e1000e] - Regression - Unable to receive packets if MTU == 1500

Hello network driver folks,

I recently decided to reinstall my Lenovo W500 laptop and found I wasn't able 
to get DHCP leases, I wasn't able to install over PXE (when getting the IP a 
second time within the OS)

Fedora is currently using kernel-3.6.2-2.fc18.x86_64 (Pre-beta)

The only difference I noticed was in my old install of Fedora, I had added 
MTU=9000 to the interface config while using a 3.5 kernel, not knowing 3.6.x 
seems to break things.

My Cisco DPC3825 Switch/Cable modem has an MTU setting but this is from Cable 
provider <-> WAN interface only. I tried changing to 1500 but by default it 
uses this anyway.

I had noticed tx unit hang errors sometimes, but not when MTU is above 1500.

PCI info:

00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82567LM Gigabit Network 
Connection (rev 03)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device 20ee
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- 
Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx+
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- 
<TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 46
        Region 0: Memory at fc000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128K]
        Region 1: Memory at fc025000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
        Region 2: I/O ports at 1840 [size=32]
        Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 2
                Flags: PMEClk- DSI+ D1- D2- AuxCurrent=0mA 
                Status: D0 NoSoftRst- PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=1 PME-
        Capabilities: [d0] MSI: Enable+ Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
                Address: 00000000fee0100c  Data: 41a2
        Capabilities: [e0] PCI Advanced Features
                AFCap: TP+ FLR+
                AFCtrl: FLR-
                AFStatus: TP-
        Kernel driver in use: e1000e

e1000e conversation log:

[   12.653816] e1000e: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Driver - 2.0.0-k
[   12.653819] e1000e: Copyright(c) 1999 - 2012 Intel Corporation.
[   12.653855] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: setting latency timer to 64
[   12.653938] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: Interrupt Throttling Rate (ints/sec) set 
to dynamic conservative mode
[   12.653980] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: irq 46 for MSI/MSI-X
[   12.844121] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: eth0: (PCI Express:2.5GT/s:Width x1) 
[   12.844124] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: eth0: Intel(R) PRO/1000 Network Connection
[   12.844150] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: eth0: MAC: 7, PHY: 8, PBA No: 1008FF-0FF
[   17.459570] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: eth0: changing MTU from 1500 to 9000
[   17.459577] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: Interrupt Throttle Rate turned off
[   17.948121] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: irq 46 for MSI/MSI-X
[   18.049164] e1000e 0000:00:19.0: irq 46 for MSI/MSI-X
[   20.442936] e1000e: eth0 NIC Link is Up 1000 Mbps Full Duplex, Flow 
Control: Rx/Tx

When I set MTU = 1500 (2000 works), it will stop receiving packets, it also 
disables Interrupt Throttling when MTU is set higher.

After testing reasons why it wasn't get a DHCP lease, I decided to bump the 
MTU to 9000 for Jumbo Frames and as soon as I did this, I was able to get a 
lease and the network functioned resumes receiving packets.

Can anyone else report regressions or might know whats going on?

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