Problems with sky2 driver.

From: Todd Showalter
Date: Mon Jul 24 2006 - 13:36:05 EST

I've been having trouble with the sky2 driver. It appears to work
most of the time, but it will quite often wedge during transfers. The
2.6.17.* kernels actually seem worse than, but none of them
work perfectly.

What typically happens is that after working perfectly for a while,
existing net connections hang, and subsequent net connections don't
seem to start at all. firefox gets stuck with a bunch of half-loaded
pages, for instance, and I've watched an scp of a large file to a
colleague's machine stall and remain stalled.

Once the machine is behaving this way, a reboot is the only way I
have found of recovering it.

We have two identical machines here that are both behaving this
way, so I'm assuming it's not a hardware problem per se. The machines
are Intel Pentium D 940 (3GHz) processors. They have ASUS P5LD2
motherboards, with builtin Marvell PCIe 88E8053 gigabit ethernet

I'm not running any binary modules; it's an untainted kernel. I'm
running a Gentoo system, but I'm using the vanilla-sources kernel (ie:
a pure release, not the Gentoo-specific patched version).

What can I do to help solve this?


Todd Showalter,
Silverbirch Studios.

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