Re: errors on my interfaces

From: Madhav Diwan (
Date: Fri Jan 04 2002 - 15:28:53 EST

Thank you Mr Becker.
 That is exactly the information I was looking for .

Its very odd but this error behavior is showing up on a rtl8139 card
linked into a ciso switch.
The switch itself reports frame checksum errors from the port into
which the nic is plugged. The switch port is forced at 100 Full , the
Realtec tries to Autonegotiate.

 I am going to try forcing the media type to see what happens.

  by the way .. i'd like to report some odd behavior from a rtl8139 card
i have .. I am useing the rtl8139-diag program from your site to
adjust the media type . It seems that if i force the media type i have
to discontinue power to the nic card before the new register entry takes
effect ... No biggie .. but its anoying that i actually have to turn the
boxes power off before the new setting takes effect.

(sometimes this occurs natuarlly after a reboot command .. ie i see the
light onb the hub go out for a second and then come back. then i know it
took without me having to turn the power off)

thanks again


Donald Becker wrote:
> On Thu, 3 Jan 2002, Madhav Diwan wrote:
> > Hey .. can someone clarify this:
> >
> > If i send a ping packet or any other packet out to a network where my
> > interface is UP but not plugged into anything with a cable, should i
> > get an error on the interface when i look at an ifconfig command ?
> Perhaps, but not certainly.
> It depends on the media type and transceiver.
> With many types of fiber transceivers, no.
> With 10base2 transceivers, always.
> Twisted pair transceivers often have a non-standard mode to ignore
> link beat, but will usually report transmit attempts with no link
> beat. In some cases this will not be reported immediately.
> > How else can i get recieve and trasmit errors?
> Many, many ways. Check out a good Ethernet "MIB".
> Everyone knows about Rx CRC and length (runt and oversize) errors.
> Most know about Tx out-of-window collisions and 16-collision.
> Some of the less obvious error types are heartbeat, dribble bits, and
> framing/symbol errors. Rx and Tx jabber detection, and IFG
> over-shrinkage...
> Other error information that doesn't fit naturally into counters:
> Some 10base2 transceivers can estimate the distance to a short or open
> Some 100baseTx transceivers can estimate the distance to the link
> partner or a bad cable kink.
> Other types of failures are internal to the NIC or driver, such dropped,
> FIFO and ring errors are also counted.
> Donald Becker
> Scyld Computing Corporation
> 410 Severn Ave. Suite 210 Second Generation Beowulf Clusters
> Annapolis MD 21403 410-990-9993
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