[CentOS] core 2 duo motherboards and centos 4

Paul Heinlein heinlein at madboa.com
Thu Jun 7 17:26:23 UTC 2007

On Mon, 29 Jan 2007, Paul Heinlein wrote:

> On Sun, 28 Jan 2007, Joshua Baker-LePain wrote:
>>  That being said, I *did* have a good time with the network chips
>>  in my new Xeon 5160 cluster nodes.  Those are on Supermicro
>>  X7DVL-E boards with Intel 82563EB network controllers.  The driver
>>  in CentOS 4.3 didn't recognize the NICs at all, and the one in 4.4
>>  worked enough to install 'em but would intermittently decide to
>>  stop passing traffic (on eth1, at least). Installing the latest
>>  driver from intel.com (7.3.20) fixed 'em up.
> Same thing here using Xeon 5130s and the 80003ES2LAN adapters. 
> Nearly lost some hair over that one.

Here's a follow-on of an old thread...

Joshua and I have been comparing notes. We've got NICs with PCI IDs of 
8086:1096 (known variously as 82563EB or 80003ES2LAN, depending on 
whose info you use).

In my case, the problems have cleared up with the release of CentOS 
4.5 and the 2.6.9-55 kernel, which uses version 7.2.7 of the e1000 
driver. By way of comparison, the 2.6.9-42.0.10.EL kernel used 7.0.33.

He hasn't been as lucky. I mentioned to him the procedure I used under 
previous kernels, and will repeat it here in case anyone else is 
seeing similar symptoms:

* Head to the Intel PRO/10/100/1000/10GbE Drivers project and grab the
   latest release for e1000 (e.g., e1000-

   -> http://sourceforge.net/projects/e1000

* Identify the uname-ish version of the kernel for which you wish to
   build the module (e.g., 2.6.9-42.0.8.ELsmp).

* Unpack the tarball, and go to the src/ subdirectory.

* make BUILD_KERNEL=3D2.6.9-42.0.8.ELsmp install (using the correct
   target kernel's version, of course).

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