I had to go to 2.3.18ac5 for the Adaptec (starfire) to work. There
were some compliler errors for me. I have also had sucess with 2.2.12
and the older driver from Donald Becker's site.
> With both 2.3.18ac10 and 2.2.12 kernels I am unable to use the card.
> The same card works for me on an intel C440gx+ motherboard with an
> earlier 2.2.12 kernel.
I haven't tried later ac versions, but 2.3.18ac5 did work for me. (All
my mobos are gigibyte). Have you tried the noapic boot option? My tests
were on a single processor machine.
> This quad xeon box seems to work properly with a standard tulip card.
> The other hardware in the machine is a symbios chipset ultra wide scsi
> card and a Mylex extremeraid 1100 card (removed for these tests ...
> though this card may prevent me from using a 2.3.x kernel).
> The kernel on the working c440gx board assigns unique IRQs to each port
> of the quad ethernet card. The kernels on the megaplex have always been
> assigning the same IRQ to each port.
While I was doing my tests I set the bios to IRQ 11 available only. I
came up with an adaptec SCSI (1 IRQ) and the Quartet(4 IRQs) all on IRQ
11. SCSI and 3 of the 4 ethernet ports worked. The forth ethernet port
might not have worked due to a mis-configuration on my part :(. I added
a single 3com905 and opened up IRQ 12 also. I ran for several days
(lightly loaded) with IIRC, SCSI and 2 Quartet ports on IRQ11 and 2
Quartet and the 3com on IRQ 12. Ran without a problem. So the IQR
thing for you might not make much of a difference.
> My goal is to run beowulf style channel bonding using 2-4 ports. This
> is working nicely for me with the c440gx box mentioned above.
My goal is to put 4 or more Quartets in a single box as an ethernet
router/filter/ip_accounting box. Much cheaper than a big Cisco
> One kernel message of interest that occurs with networking attempts is
> kernel: eth0: Interrupt blocked, status 00009001/00009001.
I occasionally get a "eth4: Something Wicked happened! 2049001.", but
> ==== /proc/interrupts ===============================================
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