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Realtek 8169/8168/8101 PCI/PCIe NDIS6 driver (for Windows Vista)

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For 8169 cardbus , 8110SC and 8101E users, please update to this version.

1. Fix Largesend bug on 100/half, 10/half and 10/full modes (8101E)

2. Fix 8110SC performance downgrade if MWI enabled

3. Fix cardbus statistic counter (cardbus 8169SB)

4. Fix cardbus adapter surprised removed bug

5. Add foolproof PHY speed & duplex setting 
 100 full -> 100 full / 100 half / 10 full / 10 half
 100 half -> 100 half / 10 full / 10 half
 10 full  -> 10 full / 10 half
 10 half  -> 10 half

6. The jumboframe options are changed to match Windows XP
  Please refer Jumbo_Frame.txt for more detail.

7. Fix the 8110SC largesend problem


Version 6.189.1213.2006

1. Only adds a workaround fix for Vista WOL.  Driver will remove this patch from source code after Vista SP1.
  If your system have special WOL issue, please use this version instead of 6.188.


Version 6.188.1207.2006

1. Add jumbo frame support

  When jumbo frame enabled, driver will automatically disable 'Large Send Offload (IPv4)'.
  'Jumbo Packet' > 1514 means to enable jumbo frame.
  'Jumbo Packet' = 1514 means to disable jumbo frame.

  For 8169 PCI series , maximum jumbo packet size is 7*1024
  For 8168 PCIe series , maximum jumbo packet size is 5*1024
  Please refer Jumbo_Frame.txt for more detail.

2. Performance enhancement

3. Lower CPU utilization

4. Auto TX/RX adaptive tuning

5. Driver uninstallation will remove the driver and roll back to previous WHQL/inbox driver now


Version 6.187.1121.2006
1. Fix the driver bug: WOL incorrectly PHY power down

2. Fix the driver bug: 'Network Address' not reset to original to MAC address
  After 'Network Address' changed and then cleared, the MAC address does not reset to the original one.
  ('Network Address' is in the Device Manager | Properties | Advanced | Property)

3. Fix the driver bug: 'Network Address' could not change the MAC address

4. change TX/RX parameters to improve copy throughput

5. add 'Auto Disable Gigabit' feature.

  Important : The feature is only for notebook users.

  Please refer Auto_Disable_Gigabit.txt
  for notebook user, it is recommended to turn on this to reduce power consumption
  The default value is off.

6. due to HW/SD and FAE request, disable MSI and re-enable INTx emulation for maximum hardware compatibility.

  Important: the device mangement may require the user to re-boot
  If you install a MSI-enabled driver and then install a INTx emulation driver, the device managment may
  ask the user to re-boot.

  Important: multiple 8168/8101E cards installed.
  Device management may appear code 10 error if multiple an MSI-enabled driver update to INTx emulated driver.
  Please re-install the driver to all Realtek network card to ensure all the driver are identical.

  Known compatibility issue : Nvidia PCI express X16 slot disable MSI functionality


Version 6.186.1103.2006

1. Fix DHCP client binds TCP/IP problem

  Realtek inbox driver has this issue and recommended users replace the Vista RTM inbox to new one
  Please refer Inbox_Driver_Dhcp_Binds_Failed.txt

2. Fix PME_EN compatibility issue with some MB  (WOL pattern match)

3. Support 8168B rev c (PCI-express)


Version 6.1853.1011.2006

1. Add message-signaled interrupt. (8168/8101)

  Reduce interrupt latency and no interrupt sharing

2. Add large send offload, TCP/IP checksum offload.

3. Fix wrong OS reported link speed.  The physical link speed is correct.

  If no cable connected when driver initialization, the link speed OS reported is wrong.
  The physical is correct.

4. Fix magic packet wake up problem when incoming packet is multicast (8168/8101)


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After your driver has been downloaded, follow these simple steps to install it.

  • Expand the archive file (if the download file is in zip or rar format).

  • If the expanded file has an .exe extension, double click it and follow the installation instructions.

  • Otherwise, open Device Manager by right-clicking the Start menu and selecting Device Manager.

  • Find the device and model you want to update in the device list.

  • Double-click on it to open the Properties dialog box.

  • From the Properties dialog box, select the Driver tab.

  • Click the Update Driver button, then follow the instructions.

Very important: You must reboot your system to ensure that any driver updates have taken effect.

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