Re: QUESTION: Network hangs with BP6 and 2.4.x kernels, hardware

Jeff Garzik (
Thu, 11 Jan 2001 16:47:00 -0500

Frank de Lange wrote:
> OK, just one last addition to what has nearly become my own thread...
> I now am fairly certain that the problem (network stalls on multiprocessor systems) is not BP6 or NE2K-PCI specific. I found several postings which relate to similar problems on dissimilar hardware. Another interesting one is:

> I have reported it some time ago, and now all I get with
> 2.4.0-test11-pre4 and I think a additional patch is NETDEV WATCHDOG:
> eth0: transmit timed out, and something in the console about lost irq?

Are you judging based on the error message? The 'netdev watchdog ...'
message is a generic error message that could have any number of
causes. It's just saying, well, what it says :) The kernel was unable
to transmit a packet in a certain amount of time. You might get these
messages if you unplug a cable suddenly, or if your hardware isn't
delivering interrupts, or many other things...


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