Ethernet driver suckage
This discussion area is for "Technical support and discussion of the open-source xf86-video-intel driver <b>and other Intel Linux software projects</b>," so I'm going to take advantage of that to ask about ethernet driver support. I recently switched to Scientific Linux 6.1, which is a free distribution based on the Red Hat Enterprise source. I have had problems with both the e1000e driver and the r8169 ethernet drivers. I managed to overcome the former by switching to a different version; the latter is still an issue, especially under heavy traffic.
This is not the sort of issue I expected to encounter when I switched to an enterprise-class distribution. I should think somebody should be embarrassed by this.
I had the same problem. The kernel-provided R8169 does not work correctly for all chips; it just happens to "somewhat work" but craps out after some time. The R8168 driver solved all my problems:
I don't know if Arch has a package for it; I use Gentoo which does so I don't need to install it manually. I found this for Arch:
Edit: Oops, for some reason I thought you were using Arch. I've no idea about SL. You might have to install it manually.
Last edited by RealNC; 03-08-2012 at 03:11 PM.
r8168 did the job for me too. In SL6.1 I found packages at el repo for kmod-r8168 and kmod-r8169.
kmod-r8168 provides a better driver for the specific hardware
kmod-r8169 tells the r8169 to not recognize the hardware so r8168 can take it over.
e1000e still sucks though, I have found only one version that works well on my hardware.