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Linux* Base Driver for the Intel(R) PRO/1000 Family of Adapters

April 23, 2002


- In This Release
- Supported Adapters
- Building and Installation
- Command Line Parameters
- Speed and Duplex Configuration
- Additional Configurations
- Known Issues
- Troubleshooting
- Support

In This Release

This file describes the Linux* Base Driver for the Intel(R) PRO/1000 Family 
of Adapters, version 4.2.x. This driver is intended for 2.2.x and 2.4.x 
kernels; it is known to build properly on 2.2.x kernels through 2.2.20 and 
on 2.4.x kernels through 2.4.18. Intel focused testing on Intel architectures 
running kernels 2.4.7. This driver includes support for Itanium(TM)-based 

This driver is only supported as a loadable module at this time. Intel is not 
supplying patches against the kernel source to allow for static linking of 
the driver. For questions related to hardware requirements, refer to the 
documentation supplied with your Intel PRO/1000 adapter. All hardware 
requirements listed apply to use with Linux.

This release version includes the following:

   - Hooks for Intel ANS, the Intel Advanced Network Services driver. Some
     base driver versions within specific distributions, including Red Hat*, 
     do not include these hooks.

   - Support for the ethtool 1.5 interface. A third-party application can use 
     the ethtool interface to get and set driver parameters.

   - Zero copy. This feature provides faster data throughput. Enabled by 
     default in supporting kernels. It is not supported on the Intel(R) 
     PRO/1000 Gigabit Server Adapter.

New features include:

   - Support for the 82545 and 82546-based adapters listed below

   - Wake on LAN* support via ethtool for 82540, 82544, 82545, and 82546-
     based adapters

   - Adaptive IFS for increased performance at half duplex

Supported Adapters

The following Intel network adapters are compatible with the drivers in this 

   Controller  Adapter Name                         Board IDs
   ----------  ------------                         ---------

   82542       PRO/1000 Gigabit Server Adapter      700262-xxx, 717037-xxx

   82543       PRO/1000 F Server Adapter            738640-xxx, A38888-xxx

   82543       PRO/1000 T Server Adapter            A19845-xxx, A33948-xxx

   82544       PRO/1000 XT Server Adapter           A51580-xxx

   82544       PRO/1000 XF Server Adapter           A50484-xxx

   82544       PRO/1000 T Desktop Adapter           A62947-xxx

   82540       PRO/1000 MT Desktop Adapter          A78408-xxx

   82545       PRO/1000 MT Server Adapter           A92165-xxx

   82546       PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter A92111-xxx

   82545       PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter           A91622-xxx

   82545       PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter(LX)       A91624-xxx

   82546       PRO/1000 MF Dual Port Server Adapter A91620-xxx

To verify your Intel adapter is supported, find the board ID number on the 
adapter. Look for a label that has a barcode and a number in the format of 
123456-001 (six digits hyphen three digits). Match this to the list of 
numbers above.

For more information on how to identify your adapter, go to the Adapter & 
Driver ID Guide at:


For the latest Intel network drivers for Linux, go to:


Building and Installation

To build a binary RPM* package of this driver, run 'rpm -tb <filename.tar.gz>'. 
Replace <filename.tar.gz> with the specific filename of the driver.

NOTE: For the build to work properly, the currently running kernel MUST match 
      the version and configuration of the installed kernel sources. If you 
      have just recompiled the kernel reboot the system now.

1. Move the base driver tar file to the directory of your choice. For example,
   use /home/username/e1000 or /usr/local/src/e1000.

2. Untar/unzip archive:

     tar zxf e1000-x.x.x.tar.gz

3. Change to the driver src directory:

     cd e1000-x.x.x/src/

4. Compile the driver module:

     make install

   The binary will be installed as:
     For Linux 2.2.x systems:
     For Linux 2.4.x systems:

   The install locations listed above are the default locations. They may 
   not be correct for certain Linux distributions. For more information, 
   see the ldistrib.txt file included in the driver tar.

5. Install the module:

     insmod e1000 <parameter>=<value>

6. Assign an IP address to the interface by entering the following, where
   x is interface number:

     ifconfig ethx <IP_address>

7. Verify that the interface works. Enter the following, where <IP_address>
   is the IP address for another machine on the same subnet as the interface 
   that is being tested:

     ping  <IP_address>	

Command Line Parameters

The following parameters are used by entering them on the command line with 
the modprobe or insmod command. For example, with two PRO/1000 PCI adapters, 

    insmod e1000 TxDescriptors=80,128

loads the e1000 driver with 80 TX resources for the first adapter and 128 TX 
resources for the second adapter.

For more information about the AutoNeg, Duplex, and Speed parameters, see the
"Speed and Duplex Configuration" section in this document.

AutoNeg (adapters using copper connections only)
Valid Range: 0x01-0x0F, 0x20-0x2F
Default Value: 0x2F
    This parameter is a bit mask that specifies which speed and duplex
    settings the board advertises. When this parameter is used, the Speed and
    Duplex parameters must not be specified.  

Duplex (adapters using copper connections only)
Valid Range: 0-2 (0=auto-negotiate, 1=half, 2=full)
Default Value: 0
    Defines the direction in which data is allowed to flow. Can by either one 
    or two-directional. If both Duplex and the link partner are set to auto-
    negotiate, the board auto-detects the correct duplex. If the link partner
    is forced (either full or half), Duplex defaults to half-duplex.

Valid Range: 0-3 (0=none, 1=Rx only, 2=Tx only, 3=Rx&Tx)
Default: Read flow control settings from the EEPROM
    This parameter controls the automatic generation(Tx) and response(Rx) to 
    Ethernet PAUSE frames.

Valid Range: 80-256 for 82542 and 82543-based adapters
             80-4096 for 82540, 82544, 82545, and 82546-based adapters
Default Value: 80
    This value is the number of receive descriptors allocated by the driver. 
    Increasing this value allows the driver to buffer more incoming packets. 
    Each descriptor is 16 bytes.  A receive buffer is also allocated for each
    descriptor and can be either 2048, 4096, 8192, or 16384 bytes, depending 
    on the MTU setting. The maximum MTU size is 16110.

Valid Range: 0-65535 (0=off)
Default Value: 64 (82542, 82543, and 82544-based adapters)
               128 (82540, 82545, and 82546-based adapters)
    This value delays the generation of receive interrupts in units of 1.024 
    microseconds.  Receive interrupt reduction can improve CPU efficiency if 
    properly tuned for specific network traffic. Increasing this value adds 
    extra latency to frame reception and can end up decreasing the throughput 
    of TCP traffic. If the system is reporting dropped receives, this value 
    may be set too high, causing the driver to run out of available receive 

Speed (adapters using copper connections only)
Valid Settings: 0, 10, 100, 1000
Default Value: 0 (auto-negotiate at all supported speeds)
    Speed forces the line speed to the specified value in megabits per second
    (Mbps). If this parameter is not specified or is set to 0 and the link 
    partner is set to auto-negotiate, the board will auto-detect the correct 
    speed. Duplex must also be set when Speed is set to either 10 or 100.

Valid Range: 80-256 for 82542 and 82543-based adapters
             80-4096 for 82540, 82544, 82545, and 82546-based adapters
Default Value: 256
    This value is the number of transmit descriptors allocated by the driver.
    Increasing this value allows the driver to queue more transmits. Each 
    descriptor is 16 bytes.

XsumRX (not available on the PRO/1000 Gigabit Server Adapter)
Valid Range: 0-1
Default Value: 1
    A value of '1' indicates that the driver should enable IP checksum
    offload for received packets (both UDP and TCP) to the adapter hardware.

Speed and Duplex Configuration

Three keywords are used to control the speed and duplex configuration. These 
keywords are Speed, Duplex, and AutoNeg.

If the board uses a fiber interface, these keywords are ignored, and the 
fiber interface board only links at 1000 Mbps full-duplex.

For copper-based boards, the keywords interact as follows:

  The default operation is auto-negotiate. The board advertises all supported
  speed and duplex combinations, and it links at the highest common speed and
  duplex mode IF the link partner is set to auto-negotiate.

  If Speed = 1000, limited auto-negotiation is enabled and only 1000 Mbps is
  advertised (The 1000BaseT spec requires auto-negotiation.)

  If Speed = 10 or 100, then both Speed and Duplex must be set. Auto-
  negotiation is disabled, and the AutoNeg parameter is ignored. Partner MUST
  also be forced.

The AutoNeg parameter is used when more control is required over the auto-
negotiation process.  When this parameter is used, Speed and Duplex must not 
be specified.  This parameter is a bitmap that specifies which speed and 
duplex settings are advertised to the link partner.

Bit            7      6      5       4       3      2      1       0
Speed (Mbps)   N/A    N/A    1000    N/A     100    100    10      10
Duplex                       Full            Full   Half   Full    Half

Note that setting AutoNeg does not guarantee that the board will link at the 
highest specified speed or duplex mode, but the board will link at the 
highest possible speed/duplex of the link partner IF the link partner is also
set to auto-negotiate. If the link partner is forced speed/duplex, the 
adapter MUST be forced to the same speed/duplex.

Additional Configurations

Configuring a network driver to load properly when the system is started is
distribution dependent. Typically, the configuration process involves adding
an alias line to /etc/modules.conf as well as editing other system startup 
scripts and/or configuration files. Many popular Linux distributions ship 
with tools to make these changes for you. To learn the proper way to 
configure a network device for your system, refer to your distribution 
documentation. If during this process you are asked for the driver or module 
name, the name for the Linux Base Driver for the Intel PRO/1000 Family of 
Adapters is e1000.

Link messages will not be displayed to the console if the distribution is 
restricting system messages. In order to see network driver link messages on 
your console, set dmesg to at least seven by entering the following:

     dmesg -n 7

  Jumbo Frames

  The driver supports Jumbo Frames for all adapters except 82542-based 
  adapters.  Jumbo Frames support is enabled by changing the MTU to a value 
  larger than the default of 1500.  Use the ifconfig command to increase the 
  MTU size. For example:

        ifconfig ethx mtu 9000 up

Known Issues

  Inconsistent Driver Behavior Under Heavy Traffic Loads

  Adapters based on the Intel 82543 and 82544 LAN controllers may hang (stop 
  transmitting) under certain network conditions. If this occurs a message 
  is logged in the system event log. In addition, the controller is 
  automatically reset, restoring the network connection. To eliminate the 
  potential for the hang change the RxIntDelay parameter to zero. For details 
  on the RxIntDelay parameter see the Command Line Parameters section.

  Jumbo Frames System Requirement

  Memory allocation failures have been observed on Linux systems with 64 MB 
  of RAM or less that are running Jumbo Frames. If you are using Jumbo 
  Frames, your system may require more than the advertised minimum 
  requirement of 64 MB of system memory.


NOTE: For distribution-specific information, see the ldistrib.txt file 
      included in the driver tar.

When trying to compile the driver by running make install, the following
error may occur: 

    "Linux kernel source not configured - missing version.h"

To solve this issue, create the version.h file by going to the Linux source 
tree and entering:

    make include/linux/version.h.


For general information and support, go to the Intel support website at:


If an issue is identified with the released source code on the supported
kernel with a supported adapter, email the specific information related to 
the issue to linux.nics@intel.com.


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