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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 3:23:07 PM

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I am having trouble with the networking locking up on my Asus A8V Deluxe
motherboard. I am running Windows XP Pro SP2 with a AMD dual core
4800+ cpu. I have a 1000 Mbit network. My networking is locking up
about once or twice per day.

I am using the latest device driver from Marvel, version 8.35.2.3.
http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverDisplay.do?dId=116...

Is anyone else having trouble with the Marvel networking ? Should I get
a 3Com 1000 Mbit card ? What a pain !

Thanks,
Lynn
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 6:21:27 PM

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Hello Lynn,

Excellent: Someone to corroborate the bug I've found.

Lynn, the Marvell, Yukon 10/100/1000 chipset on your A8V Deluxe IS, in fact,
very good. I have been very pleased with it in my setup (below) until about
last week, when I allowed "Windows Update" to update my driver revision to
8.35.2.3.

Previous to version 8.35.2.3 of the Yukon driver, my system was solid as a
rock. I could leave the thing running in my room without the AC on (yields
like 95f ambient in the summer) for days at a time and it would never lock
up. Immediately after installing 8.35.2.3, I noticed that my system would
lock up COMPLETELY (No kernel Panic, No message in the event viewer, No disk
activity, nothing! Just a hard bus lock) at random intervals during the day.
The system would not go even two days without crashing. At first, I
suspected something other than the 8.35.2.3 network driver. Normally, a
network driver should be able to bring down the system like that.

So, I ran memtest for 2 days straight. Gave me 60 some passes without a
single error. Checked my voltage rails... they were fine too. Ran PRIME95
for a few hours. No problem there either. Next I figured what the hey and
reverted 8.35.2.3 to the driver that came with my A8V deluxe and WHAM.
Completely stable again. No lockups. No problems. I also tried the driver
straight off of Marvell's website at
http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverDisplay.do?dId=116... to rule out
any problem specific to the version on MS' servers. This driver also
resulted in lockups.

Please validate or invalidate my test results. If we find that it definitely
is a problem with 8.35.2.3 we should submit to Marvell Inc. as a bug.

Thanks,

----------------------------------------------
Windows XP (2600-Professional) w/ SP2
AMD Socket 939 Athlon 64 FX-53, 1MB L2 Cache (2.4ghz@200mhz-FSB)
ASUS "A8V Deluxe Wi-Fi" K8T800 Pro (BIOS: 1011)
VIA Hyperion 4in1 456v
1024mb (2 x (512mb OCZ Platinum EL (2-3-2-5) DDR400/PC3200) Dual Channel)
[OCZ4001024ELDCPE-K]
ATI Radeon 9800 Pro (Catalyst 4.10) (C-378mhz / M-337.5mhz) OC to
(C-411.75mhz / M-360.00mhz)
SbAudigy 5.1 (PCI-Slot 3)

*Promise FastTrak 378 (PDC20378) 2+0/RAID 0*
120gb Western Digital WD1200JB (RAID 1of2)
120gb Western Digital WD1200JB (RAID 2of2)

16x HI-VAL DVDRom (BDV316C) secondary/master
Plextor (PX-716SA) VIA SATA-1

LianLi PC-6070 *Silent* Aluminum Mid-Tower Case | 2x80mm intake fans, 1x80mm
exhaust fan, 1x slot cooler
OCZ Modstream 520watt PSU | +3.3V(28A), +5V(52A), +12V(28A)
----------------------------------------------

--
Tony DiMarzio
djtone81@hotmail.com
tony.dimarzio@comcast.net


"Lynn McGuire" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:11gc1rd8k37ot1e@corp.supernews.com...
>I am having trouble with the networking locking up on my Asus A8V Deluxe
> motherboard. I am running Windows XP Pro SP2 with a AMD dual core
> 4800+ cpu. I have a 1000 Mbit network. My networking is locking up
> about once or twice per day.
>
> I am using the latest device driver from Marvel, version 8.35.2.3.
> http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverDisplay.do?dId=116...
>
> Is anyone else having trouble with the Marvel networking ? Should I get
> a 3Com 1000 Mbit card ? What a pain !
>
> Thanks,
> Lynn
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 6:32:06 PM

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> Lynn, the Marvell, Yukon 10/100/1000 chipset on your A8V Deluxe IS, in fact, very good. I have been very pleased with it in my
> setup (below) until about last week, when I allowed "Windows Update" to update my driver revision to 8.35.2.3.

My previous network device driver was having network timeouts. I do
a lot of LAN file locking so it becomes immediately obvious when there
are network issues.

This new version of the device driver does not have timeouts. It just locks
up and I have to reboot in order to get networking working again. A
couple of times my entire pc has locked up also.

> The system would not go even two days without crashing. At first, I suspected something other than the 8.35.2.3 network driver.
> Normally, a network driver should be able to bring down the system like that.

Should or should not ???

> Please validate or invalidate my test results. If we find that it definitely is a problem with 8.35.2.3 we should submit to
> Marvell Inc. as a bug.

I looked at their site. They dont seem to be consumer friendly whatsoever.

Lynn
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Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 7:58:06 PM

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Hello ...I just installed that same new driver on my a8v-e deluxe mobo
,seems to run fine for me ,If i notice any problems i will just have to
rollback to the previous version ...I did update my bios today aswell before
installing the new marvel driver ...bios version is june 24 2005 .
"Lynn McGuire" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:11gc1rd8k37ot1e@corp.supernews.com...
>I am having trouble with the networking locking up on my Asus A8V Deluxe
> motherboard. I am running Windows XP Pro SP2 with a AMD dual core
> 4800+ cpu. I have a 1000 Mbit network. My networking is locking up
> about once or twice per day.
>
> I am using the latest device driver from Marvel, version 8.35.2.3.
> http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverDisplay.do?dId=116...
>
> Is anyone else having trouble with the Marvel networking ? Should I get
> a 3Com 1000 Mbit card ? What a pain !
>
> Thanks,
> Lynn
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 8:02:23 PM

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"Lynn McGuire" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:11gccto88g16mf8@corp.supernews.com...
>> Lynn, the Marvell, Yukon 10/100/1000 chipset on your A8V Deluxe IS, in
>> fact, very good. I have been very pleased with it in my setup (below)
>> until about last week, when I allowed "Windows Update" to update my
>> driver revision to 8.35.2.3.
>
> My previous network device driver was having network timeouts. I do
> a lot of LAN file locking so it becomes immediately obvious when there
> are network issues.
>
> This new version of the device driver does not have timeouts. It just
> locks
> up and I have to reboot in order to get networking working again. A
> couple of times my entire pc has locked up also.
>
>> The system would not go even two days without crashing. At first, I
>> suspected something other than the 8.35.2.3 network driver. Normally, a
>> network driver should be able to bring down the system like that.
>
> Should or should not ???

should NOT - sorry, didn't proof read my email.

>
>> Please validate or invalidate my test results. If we find that it
>> definitely is a problem with 8.35.2.3 we should submit to Marvell Inc. as
>> a bug.
>
> I looked at their site. They dont seem to be consumer friendly
> whatsoever.

That's because they don't sell direct to EU's. Other vendors incorporate
their silicon.

Try the driver rev immediately preceding 8.35.2.3. If you can't find it I'll
post it on my FTP.

>
> Lynn
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 8:02:24 PM

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>>> Please validate or invalidate my test results. If we find that it definitely is a problem with 8.35.2.3 we should submit to
>>> Marvell Inc. as a bug.
>>
>> I looked at their site. They dont seem to be consumer friendly whatsoever.
>
> That's because they don't sell direct to EU's. Other vendors incorporate their silicon.
>
> Try the driver rev immediately preceding 8.35.2.3. If you can't find it I'll post it on my FTP.

Please post the previous device driver and I will try that. I still do not
know how to complain to Marvell about the current device driver.

Thanks,
Lynn
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 8:02:25 PM

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>>
>> Try the driver rev immediately preceding 8.35.2.3. If you can't find it I'll post it on my FTP.
>
> Please post the previous device driver and I will try that. I still do not
> know how to complain to Marvell about the current device driver.

Or you can email it to me "lmc at winsim dot com"

I put a complaint about the device driver at http://www.marvell.com/contact/cust_support.do .

Thanks,
Lynn
August 19, 2005 10:09:30 PM

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In article <11gc1rd8k37ot1e@corp.supernews.com>, "Lynn McGuire"
<nospam@nospam.com> wrote:

> I am having trouble with the networking locking up on my Asus A8V Deluxe
> motherboard. I am running Windows XP Pro SP2 with a AMD dual core
> 4800+ cpu. I have a 1000 Mbit network. My networking is locking up
> about once or twice per day.
>
> I am using the latest device driver from Marvel, version 8.35.2.3.
> http://www.marvell.com/drivers/driverDisplay.do?dId=116...
>
> Is anyone else having trouble with the Marvel networking ? Should I get
> a 3Com 1000 Mbit card ? What a pain !
>
> Thanks,
> Lynn

"Should I get a 3Com 1000 Mbit card ?"

Not if it uses the same Marvell chip you are having problems with :-)
Even 3COM has used a Marvell chip in the past.

An Intel card should put some distance between you and Marvell.
Try pricewatch.com and search for "Intel gigabit". This is the
cheapest card I could find. There are a number of companies selling
these. Run the part number and model number through Google or the
private forums, to see if it has a clean bill of health.

82540EM based ? shop around for best price (PWLA8390MT)
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E1683...

Otherwise, I would track down another version of driver for
the Marvell chip. I wouldn't expect much from Marvell, as I don't
see any way of contacting them with reports of driver issues.

You could report your problem to Asus, if you are in a generous
mood.

The users of P5P800 boards (same 88E8001 LAN chip) report problems
as well. This is from the Asus forums. Rollback to a previous driver
fixed the freezes. The link below is lousy, but I don't know how to
make a better link that will yield the entire page image.

"Motherboard - Gigabit LAN Problems"
http://vip.asus.com/forum/bbs_view.aspx?board_id=1&mode...

Paul
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 10:56:27 PM

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Oops. The marvell website does not contain a driver archive, and I don't
have the drivers archived locally here either. Did you try the driver that
was bundled with your A8V?

This one:

http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/lan/marvell/Marvell630...

--
Tony DiMarzio
djtone81@hotmail.com
tony.dimarzio@comcast.net


"Lynn McGuire" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:11gchpmek8fum65@corp.supernews.com...
>>>
>>> Try the driver rev immediately preceding 8.35.2.3. If you can't find it
>>> I'll post it on my FTP.
>>
>> Please post the previous device driver and I will try that. I still do
>> not
>> know how to complain to Marvell about the current device driver.
>
> Or you can email it to me "lmc at winsim dot com"
>
> I put a complaint about the device driver at
> http://www.marvell.com/contact/cust_support.do .
>
> Thanks,
> Lynn
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 10:56:28 PM

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> Oops. The marvell website does not contain a driver archive, and I don't

Yup, I tried all different kinds of methods to get an earlier driver. No soap.

> have the drivers archived locally here either. Did you try the driver that was bundled with your A8V?
>
> This one:
>
> http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/lan/marvell/Marvell630...

Yup, that driver caused me major problems also. At least it bothered to
reset itself automatically. However, the timeouts happened every 10 to
15 minutes. No good !

Thanks,
Lynn
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 19, 2005 11:35:38 PM

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>> This one:
>>
>> http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/lan/marvell/Marvell630...
>
> Yup, that driver caused me major problems also. At least it bothered to
> reset itself automatically. However, the timeouts happened every 10 to
> 15 minutes. No good !

Marvell just sent me version 7.24. I will see how this one works.

Thanks
Lynn
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 20, 2005 12:53:24 AM

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Great! Let me know how it turns out.

"Lynn McGuire" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
news:11gcumr7rq37ub2@corp.supernews.com...
>>> This one:
>>>
>>> http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/lan/marvell/Marvell630...
>>
>> Yup, that driver caused me major problems also. At least it bothered to
>> reset itself automatically. However, the timeouts happened every 10 to
>> 15 minutes. No good !
>
> Marvell just sent me version 7.24. I will see how this one works.
>
> Thanks
> Lynn
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 22, 2005 4:07:20 PM

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>>>> http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/lan/marvell/Marvell630...
>>>
>>> Yup, that driver caused me major problems also. At least it bothered to
>>> reset itself automatically. However, the timeouts happened every 10 to
>>> 15 minutes. No good !
>>
>> Marvell just sent me version 7.24. I will see how this one works.

> Great! Let me know how it turns out.

No crashes since I installed it 3 days ago ! Woo hoo !

Lynn
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 22, 2005 5:59:00 PM

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"Lynn McGuire" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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>>>>> http://dlsvr03.asus.com/pub/ASUS/lan/marvell/Marvell630...
>>>>
>>>> Yup, that driver caused me major problems also. At least it bothered
>>>> to
>>>> reset itself automatically. However, the timeouts happened every 10 to
>>>> 15 minutes. No good !
>>>
>>> Marvell just sent me version 7.24. I will see how this one works.
>
>> Great! Let me know how it turns out.
>
> No crashes since I installed it 3 days ago ! Woo hoo !
>
> Lynn
>
>

Great! Can you upload the driver to ftp://djraid.dyndns.org/upload/ please?
I can't find it anywhere.

Thanks

Tony
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 22, 2005 5:59:01 PM

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>>>> Marvell just sent me version 7.24. I will see how this one works.
>>
>>> Great! Let me know how it turns out.
>>
>> No crashes since I installed it 3 days ago ! Woo hoo !
>
> Great! Can you upload the driver to ftp://djraid.dyndns.org/upload/ please? I can't find it anywhere.

Done.

Lynn
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 22, 2005 7:25:30 PM

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Excellent! Thanks.

Now we get to see if Marvell fixes things for the next driver release. I
tried to submit a bug report to them but their web interface is severely
lacking. I had a small edit box with which to type the whole damn bug report
in.

Thanks again! and glad you have a stable system again.

--
Tony DiMarzio
djtone81@hotmail.com
tony.dimarzio@comcast.net


"Lynn McGuire" <nospam@nospam.com> wrote in message
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>>>>> Marvell just sent me version 7.24. I will see how this one works.
>>>
>>>> Great! Let me know how it turns out.
>>>
>>> No crashes since I installed it 3 days ago ! Woo hoo !
>>
>> Great! Can you upload the driver to ftp://djraid.dyndns.org/upload/
>> please? I can't find it anywhere.
>
> Done.
>
> Lynn
>
>
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 24, 2005 6:40:55 PM

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> This is Marvell's reponse to my bug report.
> -------------------------------------------------
> Hi Tony,
>
> Thank-you for bringing this issue to our attention. We are currently
> looking into a bug we found that the v8.35.2.3 driver has with the 88E8001
> chipset. There will be a new driver released when this issue has been
> resolved and the driver is tested and certified.

I wonder if they will bother to notify us about the new driver ?

Thanks,
Lynn
Anonymous
a b V Motherboard
August 24, 2005 6:42:14 PM

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> "Should I get a 3Com 1000 Mbit card ?"
>
> Not if it uses the same Marvell chip you are having problems with :-)
> Even 3COM has used a Marvell chip in the past.

The 3com NICs that I bought have a big M on the chip.

> "Motherboard - Gigabit LAN Problems"
> http://vip.asus.com/forum/bbs_view.aspx?board_id=1&mode...

Well, at least we are not in this ditch alone.

Thanks,
Lynn
!