e1000e in openSUSE 11.3 driver failure

I ran into a problem that seems to be related to:
with an HP Desktop. The desktop has a Intel 82567LM-3 on board gigabit ethernet adapter which on a fresh install of 11.3 would not operate properly. The e1000e driver was properly detected however on loading, the ethernet interface was never initialized. My solution was to get the latest e1000e driver from intel.com:
 Network Adapter Driver for PCI-E Gigabit Network Connections under Linux*](http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?agr=Y&DwnldID=19263&lang=eng)

General installation method (make and make install from src directory) and a REBOOT was necessary. Other NICs that may be affected (not confirmed):
Intel® 82563 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
Intel® 82566 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
Intel® 82567 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82573E Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82573L Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82573V Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82574 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82577 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
Intel® 82578 Gigabit Ethernet PHY
Intel® 82583V Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® Gigabit CT Desktop Adapter
Intel® Gigabit PT Quad Port Server ExpressModule
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Desktop Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter

I’d love to hear if this helped anyone.

I have Intel i5 with on board nic (00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82578DC Gigabit Network Connection (rev 06).
I installed openSuSE 11.2 and the system comes up ok except when copying files from the network. It took 1min 26seconds to copy 1G file.
Download and build e1000e driver (mentioned from the above site). Copy 1G file now takes around 8seconds.

On the same machine, I reinstall openSuSE 11.3. Systems comes up ok. Copy 1G file took around 8 seconds.
Looks like in openSuSE 11.3, the include the new e1000e driver.

I had a similar problem with the e1000e driver. After login the knetworksmanager needs up to 3 minutes to initialize the network. After the new kernel update the problem has disappeared.


I had the same problem on Dell 780 with the latest BIOS and with Intel® 82567 Gigabit Ethernet Controller, after a remote ssh install using PXE. Stage 1 of installation was successful but when starting stage 2 (configuration), DHCP could not initialize the eth0 interface.
ifconfig -a doesn’t event show eth0 (which was used in stage 1).

Reference to https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=615761 was good help.

I want to fill some hole before “Comment 59” of this bug id 615761 :

A reboot after “stage 1” (i mean before stage2), make the interface eth0 back available and DHCP could configure it correctly. And stage 2 could be run correctly.
If you don’t need the network during stage 2 (without ssh install, no registration, no update, …), configuration is done correctly but you still have to reboot after stage 2.

Note that before stage 2 a kexec is initiated, not a reboot.
I haven’t any idea why the interrupt for e1000e (see bug 615761) isn’t available after the kexec.