Gig nic help needed please

Craig Tierney ctierney at
Thu Aug 29 12:35:59 PDT 2002

Don't use the bcm driver.  Get the tg3 (tigon3) driver and patch 
it into the kernel.  You will have to rebuild the kernel for
this.  The tg3 driver is much better than the bcm driver.


> Hello all. I am new to this group and not much of a Linux expert. That
> being said, I could really use some expert advise on a gig network card
> problem. This is a Dell 6450 running Red Hat 7.2, 2.4.7-10smp kernel. I
> installed a 3Com 3C996B-T gig nic and the driver is bcm 5700 I think.
> The nic seems to run fine until it gets hit really hard with lots of
> traffic. Then it locks up and gives the following errors:
> Jul 31 11:41:30 blade kernel: NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth1: transmit timed out 
> Jul 31 11:41:30 blade kernel: eth1: Tx hung 
> I can either stop and restart the network or reboot the server and it
> will work for maybe a day, or maybe 10 minutes. 
> I want the easiest quickest fix, and if that means buying a different
> brand nic that would be fine. Thanks in advance for your help.
> JB 
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Craig Tierney (ctierney at

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