I have some problems on a heavily loaded web server. The first is that the
kernel is spitting out a bunch of "NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed
out" errors. I do not recall this happening in 2.4.0 under the same
Another problem that I seem to have, of which I have had reports from
clients, is that the server has problems talking to clients using modems
This didn't occur before with the 2.2 series kernel (all other things held
constant). It seems each time a client tries to load up any site on the
server, the connection will just die (or stall). This does not apply to
high-bandwidth connections (DSL and up) since everything seems fine on DSL
and faster, but I tried connecting using my dial-up account with Earthlink,
and the reports seem to be true. Can those of you on a 56k modem try
connecting to http://khmerconnection.com and see if the page loads? Apache
isn't the only service affected. It seems *any* TCP communication runs like
a turtle (even SSH. takes minutes to login, then minutes to echo each
letter. doesn't do this on a DSL connection from the same computer).
The card that is exhibiting this problem is a 3c905B (lspci below):
00:08.0 Ethernet controller: 3Com Corporation 3c905B 100BaseTX [Cyclone]
Subsystem: 3Com Corporation: Unknown device 9055
Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 80, IRQ 17
I/O ports at e400 [size=128]
Memory at e8001000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128]
Expansion ROM at e4000000 [disabled] [size=128K]
Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 1
dmesg shows hordes of these at high peak usage (300KBps+):
NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out
eth0: transmit timed out, tx_status 00 status e601.
diagnostics: net 0cd8 media 8880 dma 0000003a.
eth0: Interrupt posted but not delivered -- IRQ blocked by another device?
Flags; bus-master 1, full 0; dirty 9256291(3) current 9256291(3).
Transmit list 00000000 vs. f7de5230.
0: @f7de5200 length 80000042 status 00010042
1: @f7de5210 length 8000004a status 8001004a
2: @f7de5220 length 80000036 status 80010036
3: @f7de5230 length 80000036 status 00010036
4: @f7de5240 length 80000042 status 00010042
5: @f7de5250 length 80000036 status 00010036
6: @f7de5260 length 800005ea status 000105ea
7: @f7de5270 length 800005ea status 000105ea
8: @f7de5280 length 8000003a status 0001003a
9: @f7de5290 length 8000003e status 0001003e
10: @f7de52a0 length 8000003a status 0001003a
11: @f7de52b0 length 8000003e status 0001003e
12: @f7de52c0 length 8000003e status 0001003e
13: @f7de52d0 length 8000004a status 0001004a
14: @f7de52e0 length 8000004a status 0001004a
15: @f7de52f0 length 8000003e status 0001003e
eth0: Resetting the Tx ring pointer.
-- Vibol Hou
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