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SubjectForcedeth: Nvidia NIC goes up and down
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Hi

I recently invested in a asus m2n-mx. The motherboard features a nvidia
1gbit NIC (lspci says 00:07.0 Bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP61 Ethernet
(rev a2)). I have it connected to my 1gbit switch together with another
machine. The problem is that very frequently (sometimes several times
each minute), the NIC goes down for a few seconds and then goes up
again. In the dmesg log I can see:

Jul 2 21:01:26 [kernel] eth0: link down.
Jul 2 21:01:28 [kernel] eth0: link up.
Jul 2 21:01:57 [kernel] eth0: link down.
Jul 2 21:01:59 [kernel] eth0: link up.
Jul 2 21:02:34 [kernel] eth0: link down.
Jul 2 21:02:36 [kernel] eth0: link up.
Jul 2 21:03:15 [kernel] eth0: link down.
Jul 2 21:03:18 [kernel] eth0: link up.

I've tried changing the cable and changing the port in the switch
without luck.

Sadly the motherboard only has 2 pci slots, which is already taken, so
adding another NIC is not an option. The wireless interface is working
perfectly fine on the machine so the problem seems related to the NIC.

I've tried fiddling with ethtool but I can't seem to make the NIC run at
100mbit. If I disable autoneg nothing seems to be working. Output from
ethtool:

Settings for eth0:
Supported ports: [ MII ]
Supported link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Full
Supports auto-negotiation: Yes
Advertised link modes: 10baseT/Half 10baseT/Full
100baseT/Half 100baseT/Full
1000baseT/Full
Advertised auto-negotiation: Yes
Speed: 1000Mb/s
Duplex: Full
Port: MII
PHYAD: 1
Transceiver: external
Auto-negotiation: on
Supports Wake-on: g
Wake-on: d
Link detected: yes

Any idea how what I can do to debug this issue further?

Please cc me as I'm not subscribed. Thanks in advance

--
Anders Rune Jensen

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