A patch was proposed by Intel last night on the Linux kernel mailing list that prevents the e1000e non-volatile memory (NVM) from being corrupted when the respective Linux driver is loaded. There is no proper fix yet to this situation but Intel is continuing to explore the problem. Intel is also preparing patches that help users with damaged network hardware restore their EEPROM. For the Linux 2.6.28 kernel, Intel will push forward patches that clean up the network driver's use of
the hardware/software semaphore.