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ASUS NX1101 (PCI, Gigabit Ethernet)

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ASUS NX1101 (PCI, Gigabit Ethernet)
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The Asus NX1101 is a gigabit ethernet PCI network card. It is delivered with a low-profile and high-profile slot blinds. The card has the PCI ID 10ec:8161

01:09.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. Device [10ec:8161] (rev 10)

and is supported under Linux by the kernel module r8168. However, there are several reports of Linux users where the driver is not running stable but produces several types of error messages, e.g.

NETDEV WATCHDOG: eth0: transmit timed out
------------[ cut here ]------------
WARNING: at net/sched/sch_generic.c:222 dev_watchdog+0xa6/0xfb()
Modules linked in: nf_conntrack_ipv4 xt_tcpudp xt_conntrack iptable_mangle
nf_conntrack_ftp ipt_REJECT ipt_LOG xt_limit xt_multiport xt_state nf_conntrack
iptable_filter ip_tables x_tables ipv6 loop parport_pc parport i2c_i801 i2c_core
 psmouse button snd_hda_intel serio_raw snd_pcm snd_timer snd soundcore
snd_page_alloc rng_core pcspkr intel_agp evdev ext3 jbd mbcache sd_mod piix
ide_pci_generic ide_core usbhid hid ff_memless ata_generic ata_piix libata
scsi_mod dock uhci_hcd ehci_hcd r8169 thermal processor fan thermal_sys
 [last unloaded: scsi_wait_scan]
Pid: 0, comm: swapper Not tainted 2.6.26-2-amd64 #1

Call Trace:
 <IRQ>  [<ffffffff80234958>] warn_on_slowpath+0x51/0x7a
 [<ffffffff803cc972>] dev_watchdog+0x0/0xfb
 [<ffffffff802353f3>] printk+0x4e/0x56
 [<ffffffff80212507>] read_tsc+0x9/0x20
 [<ffffffff8023cf15>] lock_timer_base+0x26/0x4b
 [<ffffffff8023d0a4>] __mod_timer+0xbd/0xcc
 [<ffffffff80243847>] queue_delayed_work_on+0xb8/0xc8
 [<ffffffff803cc972>] dev_watchdog+0x0/0xfb
 [<ffffffff803cca18>] dev_watchdog+0xa6/0xfb
 [<ffffffff803cc972>] dev_watchdog+0x0/0xfb
 [<ffffffff8023c9d5>] run_timer_softirq+0x16a/0x1e2
 [<ffffffff802393a1>] __do_softirq+0x5c/0xd1
 [<ffffffff8020d2dc>] call_softirq+0x1c/0x28
 [<ffffffff8020f3e8>] do_softirq+0x3c/0x81
 [<ffffffff802392ff>] irq_exit+0x3f/0x85
 [<ffffffff8021aaab>] smp_apic_timer_interrupt+0x8c/0xa4
 [<ffffffff80212b57>] mwait_idle+0x0/0x4d
 [<ffffffff8020cd02>] apic_timer_interrupt+0x72/0x80
 <EOI>  [<ffffffff80212b98>] mwait_idle+0x41/0x4d
 [<ffffffff8020ad04>] cpu_idle+0x8e/0xb8

---[ end trace 90f2af131b1794c6 ]---
r8169: eth0: link up

In this situation it might help to compile the driver by hand from its latest source code:

cd /usr/src
wget http://djlab.com/stuff/r8168-8.032.00.tar.bz2
tar jxvf r8168-8.032.00.tar.bz2
cd r8168-8.032.00
make clean modules
make install
depmod -a
echo "blacklist r8169" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-network.conf
update-initramfs -u

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