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RX packets errors when using forcedeth

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SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 Service Pack 3


High number of RX errors are seen in the output of 'ifconfig'; for instance: 

eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:21:28:3D:82:76  
          inet addr:  Bcast:  Mask:
          RX packets:9500332 errors:8391748 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:345393 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
          RX bytes:990047637 (944.1 Mb)  TX bytes:41187532 (39.2 Mb)
          Interrupt:106 Base address:0x6000 


For SLES 10-SP3, the patch is already available in the kernel maintenance 
update ( or higher). 
The following is a short guide on how to deploy the  solution with the official kernel:

1. Install the latest kernel maintenance update ( or higher). The KMP package is not needed anymore. In fact, it would be better to remove it before updating the kernel.

2. Blacklist "forcedeth":

 # echo "blacklist forcedeth">> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

3. Use YaST to bind their NIC's PCI-ID to forcedeth_new:

 Go to YaST -> System -> System Settings -> Add -> Manually; and fill the
 following fields:

   Driver: forcedeth_new
   Vendor: 10DE
   Device: 0373

NB: This process might certainly be automatized. 

If installing the kernel versions mentioned above does not help to fix the issue, please contact Technical Support. The PCI-ID of the network card is probably not bound in the driver. 


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  • Document ID:7006335
  • Creation Date: 23-Jun-2010
  • Modified Date:10-Mar-2021
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server

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