Well after almost 24 hours later, here is what happened...
Shortly after your last post, the situation got worse. I tried banging the switch with a screwdriver, and that was it.
No more switch. The link light kept flashing, so I knew it was pretty much dead.
Just so happens, that its a Friday evening, and banks were closed, credit card is maxed out from Christmas, so
I had to endure a dead network till today.
Got me a brand new switch from Circuit City, and all seems to be well in the universe. No more errors...
Thanks for all the help...

Stacey Roberts wrote:

On Fri, 2002-12-27 at 19:31, Gerard Samuel wrote:

Stacey Roberts wrote:

So both nic believe themselves to be running okay (as shown in their
respective Oerr counts being 0 each - translation: the nics are fine as
they are able to send all packets okay. Its only in receiving data that
they're returning errors on the link.

I'd suggest that you have a look at the switch itself as well. I know
that this is a desktop switch (read non-enterprise) that is different to
most others in this class as its got *no* cooling fans (hence that bump
on the top). As such, depending on how you hammer this device, there is
the chance of it over-heating. This, of course, is also dependant on
where its actually located as well.

It does have some link / speed / duplex indicator LED's on the front
that can be useful. As well as checking the cabling into the switch, see
if swapping the cables to available ports (except the uplink partner!)
and see if this makes any difference.

I remember one of the guys on my team at work got the Linksys peer to
this switch and rubbished it within 3 weeks due to the switch locking up
under sustained (4+ hours) heavy load transfers at his section lan

Let us know how you get on, and what new information you might have for



I've had this switch running pretty much non-stop since last Feburary. Its been great for my needs thus far. One of the boxes is running Samba/CVS/www, and it sees quite a bit of traffic. Whether its on its last leg, that remains to be seen.
Better get on the phone with tech support before they close for the weekend.
But I still think its cables. Because Im writing this email from a laptop thats also connected to the switch, and here are its details ->
{gsam@laptop}-{~} > ifconfig ed1 [27 Dec 2:22pm]
inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
ether 00:50:ba:7a:f0:a3
media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex>)
status: active

{gsam@laptop}-{~} > netstat -in [27 Dec 2:15pm]
Name Mtu Network Address Ipkts Ierrs Opkts Oerrs Coll
lo0 16384 <Link#1> 0 0 0 0 0
lo0 16384 127 0 - 0 - -
ed1 1500 <Link#2> 00:50:ba:7a:f0:a3 44116 6 35805 0 0
ed1 1500 192.168.0 44049 - 35773 - -

No errors there. Maybe, Ill just make up some new cables, make sure, no "wall warts" are near them, and see how it goes over the weekend.
If its still problematic, then Ill get the switch replaced.

Actually, there *are* 6 occurrences under Ierrs here :-(

Seeing that you're actually on that switch (using a different port to
the other FBSD boxes referenced earlier), then I'd also look hard that
the uplink cabling as well - seeing that would be the one length of wire
that's common to all hosts off the switch.

Good luck with this anyways.., Oh the joys of making patch cable!!!!!



Thanks for the help you've provided, and Ill let you know how it goes...

Gerard Samuel

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