RE: Starfire stability?

From: Sudhindra Herle (sherle@sta.samsung.com)
Date: Thu Nov 30 2000 - 14:13:23 EST


Matthew,

I am using a Dlink DFE-570TX 4 port card. It is based on DEC Tulip chipset.

I like it a lot! This card is plugged into a Compaq ML-370 Dual P-III, 512MB
of RAM and dual NCR SCSI controllers. So far, it has been rock solid. We use
the machine as a Samba server for a bunch of NT based desktops.

I am working on getting all 4 of them trunked to the cisco switch in our
closet.

The following is the boot time message:
===*===*====
tulip.c:v0.92 4/17/2000 Written by Donald Becker <becker@scyld.com>
  http://www.scyld.com/network/tulip.html
eth0: Digital DS21143 Tulip rev 65 at 0xe0e08c00, 00:80:C8:CA:A7:69, IRQ 15.
eth0: EEPROM default media type Autosense.
eth0: Index #0 - Media MII (#11) described by a 21142 MII PHY (3) block.
eth0: MII transceiver #1 config 3100 status 7869 advertising 01e1.
eth1: Digital DS21143 Tulip rev 65 at 0xe0e0a800, 00:80:C8:CA:A7:6A, IRQ 15.
eth1: EEPROM default media type Autosense.
eth1: Index #0 - Media MII (#11) described by a 21142 MII PHY (3) block.
eth1: MII transceiver #1 config 3100 status 7849 advertising 01e1.
eth2: Digital DS21143 Tulip rev 65 at 0xe0e0c400, 00:80:C8:CA:A7:6B, IRQ 15.
eth2: EEPROM default media type Autosense.
eth2: Index #0 - Media MII (#11) described by a 21142 MII PHY (3) block.
eth2: MII transceiver #1 config 3100 status 7849 advertising 01e1.
eth3: Digital DS21143 Tulip rev 65 at 0xe0e0e000, 00:80:C8:CA:A7:6C, IRQ 15.
eth3: EEPROM default media type Autosense.
eth3: Index #0 - Media MII (#11) described by a 21142 MII PHY (3) block.
eth3: MII transceiver #1 config 3100 status 7849 advertising 01e1.
eth0: Setting full-duplex based on MII #1 link partner capability of 41e1.
===*===*===
If you hunt around in www.scyld.com -- which is Donald Becker's page, you'll
find more references to the Starfire. Apparently, it is not as well
supported on Linux.

My humble experience with Linux network cards suggests that it is better to
stay with:
        1) Tulip based cards -- Intel nee Digital
        2) Vortex (3C905, 3C59x) -- 3Com

if you can, avoid the Intel eepro chipset like the plague.

Hope this helps,
-Sudhi.

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Matthew Kirkwood [mailto:matthew@hairy.beasts.org]
> Sent: Thursday, November 30, 2000 12:35 PM
> To: linux-net@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Starfire stability?
>
>
> Hi,
>
> I'm going to be putting together a router/gateway next
> week, and it looks like the only quad-port ethercards I
> can get by then are Adaptec Starfire-based ones.
>
> Does anyone have experience with their stability or
> otherwise (especially under 2.4test/SMP)?
>
> Cheers,
> Matthew.
>
> -
> To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe
> linux-net" in
> the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
>
-
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-net" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org



This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Thu Nov 30 2000 - 21:00:29 EST