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    I've found multiple places that brought up the argument of weather to use the forcedeth driver or the nvnet driver for the nforce 4 gigabit lan. Which do you guys use/prefer? And where do I find the forcedeth driver? Is in the kernel, and have I not looked hard enough? or is it separate like the binary nvnet nic module?

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    --Scott

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    Looks like forcedeth is in the kernel since 2.4.26 and 2.6.5. I believe I have just used forcedeth rather than the nvnet one for my nforce lan boards.

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    • #3
      Forcedeth is what is used by Phoronix during testing, rather than NVIDIA's alternative. NVIDIA does indeed realize the success of Forcedeth and the open-source alternatives for some NVIDIA hardware, such as them endorsing Forcedeth for nForce 500 series, as they haven't yet produced a new closed-source nForce Linux driver update.
      Michael Larabel
      http://www.michaellarabel.com/

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      • #4
        As far as I know, the kernel forcedeth driver is limited to 100mbps whereas nVidia's closed-source driver can use the full potential of one gigabit.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Shadewalker
          As far as I know, the kernel forcedeth driver is limited to 100mbps whereas nVidia's closed-source driver can use the full potential of one gigabit.
          Looking at the source it seems that the driver does support GigE.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by foobar
            Looking at the source it seems that the driver does support GigE.
            Which kernel release is that? Apparently it has a web page, and I noticed this interesting bit:

            UPDATE:

            NVidia has contributed gigabit support to forcedeth, so I'll workon integrating their patch and fixing remaining bugs in it. If you wantto try it, download forcedeth_gigabit_try19.txt and apply it againstthe latest 2.6 kernel.
            I have no idea how recent that is, however.

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