onboard NICs to stay away from?
hahn at physics.mcmaster.ca
Tue Aug 6 20:33:17 PDT 2002
> Intel e1000 (gigabit) chipset: driver only seems to work as a kernel
> module, but works fine
not so. AA's patch contains non-module support that works.
> The e100 (100mbit, EtherExpress Pro?): has two drivers, on some newer
> versions of the chipset you must choose the intel-provided driver, but
> it works fine (I believe the two drivers are eepro and e100)
afaikt, versions of the e100/1000 that have been hacked to conform to
kernel standards are to be prefered.
> It seems to be generally accepted that realtek ethernet chipsets are not
> terribly good, but I have no actual experience with them and don't
> specifically remember any boards with onboard realtek ethernet
they are clearly not as smart as "real" nics, but the price is hard to
dismiss. they've traditionally given some duplex-detection problems
in less-tested configurations like HD 10bT
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