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Subjectrtl8139 driver broken? (2.2.16)
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I have a 2.2.16 kernel on an HP Omnibook 800 CT with docking station. That
docking station contains an Allied Telesyn 2500TX NIC, identified by lspci
as "Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139 (rev 10)". Versions 1.07
(RedHat 7.0) and 1.08 (SuSE 7.0) exhibit the same behaviour.

The network is set up correctly - I can ping 127.0.0.1 without problems,
but the connection to the external network simply "stops working" after a
while as soon as I do something more exciting.

Examples of failure when the rtl8139 driver is used:

ping 192.168.0.55
// (sometimes) works for ages

ping -s 5000 192.168.0.55
// makes network die almost instantaneously
// after that, all outbound traffic just does
// not get through

ftp 192.168.0.55
binary
get <largish file>
// makes network die almost instantaneously

The network is resurrected by /etc/rc.d/[init.d/]network restart. This
happens both with the stock kernel + modules shipped with RedHat 7.0, a
default SuSE 7.0 setup, and a self-built kernel + modules based on SuSE
7.0.

I do not see any kernel messages indicating any failure anywhere; only on
boot do I get "neighbour table overflow" (4x), but the NIC works
nevertheless.

When I insert a PCMCIA NIC and use the network over *that* card,
everything works fine forever ("ifconfig eth0 down", then "ifconfig eth1
up").

Fiddling with BIOS options (PnP, PCI bridge configuration) does not seem
to have any effect.

Questions:
* Is the rtl8139 driver broken?
* Is there some kind of problem with the docking station (bridge)?

FWIW, this combination ran perfectly fine with Windows NT4 SP3...

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