many Tx request while active messages, why???

Geis Jerry (
Mon, 03 Mar 97 08:01:00 EST

I am getting screens fulls of "eth0: Tx request while active" messages
from linux 2.0.28 slackware 3.1.

Is there something not configured right possible? any ideas is

After some time the linux finally dies and the machine must be rebooted.