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    r8169: RxConfig hack for the 8168evl. · eb2dc35d
    françois romieu authored
    The 8168evl (RTL_GIGA_MAC_VER_34) based Gigabyte GA-990FXA motherboards
    are very prone to NETDEV watchdog problems without this change. See
    https://bugzilla.kernel.org/show_bug.cgi?id=42899 for instance.
    I don't know why it *works*. It's depressingly effective though.
    For the record:
    - the problem may go along IOMMU (AMD-Vi) errors but it really looks
      like a red herring.
    - the patch sets the RX_MULTI_EN bit. If the 8168c doc is any guide,
      the chipset now fetches several Rx descriptors at a time.
    - long ago the driver ignored the RX_MULTI_EN bit.
     changed the RxConfig
      settings. Whatever the problem it's now labeled a regression.
    - Realtek's own driver can identify two different 8168evl devices
      (CFG_METHOD_16 and CFG_METHOD_17) where the r8169 driver only
      sees one. It sucks.
    Signed-off-by: default avatarFrancois Romieu <romieu@fr.zoreil.com>
    Signed-off-by: default avatarDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
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