I recently had problems with 2 eepro100 cards in my system. I could
crash the kernel (only reboot helped) if I copied a 700 MB file to the
server. It crashed after 100 MB or so.
I experimented a bit with the intel eepro drivers, the kernel drivers as
a loadable module, compiled in etc, but it all didn't make much difference.
I had the most problems with 2.4.17 (vanilla). The most stable kernel
seemed to be 2.4.15pre5.
I found out that the kernel stays absolutely stable if it is under load.
I first tried compiling a kernel non stop for 3 days in a loop. System
was absolutely stable.
I switched from non-stop compiling to running setiathome. Also makes the
kernel run beautifully.
But as soon as the kenel is doing nothing except light routing of the
768/128kbit DSL into the 100 MBit LAN and mainly running idle, as soon
as you try and copy a large file via SMB - kaboom - kernel crashes.
Hardware: Soyo BX Dual PII motherboard with a single PII 266. 2 IDE HDDs
(Maxtor) and a ATI PCI graphics card (no framebuffer or so compiled in,
and no X, it is a server). SMB support is not compiled in, neither is
any form of power management.
I thought this may be interesting to some people.
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