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I'm having issues like andyph666, actually. On some things my keyboard and mouse freeze up (though I think its more than that freezing - iTunes continues to play though). Strange response to the drivers... hmm... I tried to load a live cam feed in safari and it happened.

Large downloads may do it as well.

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yea it freezes, but other things still respond like istat and the dock. But cannot move mouse or type.

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I'm having issues like andyph666, actually. On some things my keyboard and mouse freeze up (though I think its more than that freezing - iTunes continues to play though). Strange response to the drivers... hmm... I tried to load a live cam feed in safari and it happened.

Large downloads may do it as well.



yea it freezes, but other things still respond like istat and the dock. But cannot move mouse or type.


Can you tell me how often this happens and what you are doing at the time, and do have usb or ps2 keyboards.
I am thinking this has to do with the PCI bus not being released properly, I will take a look....

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I am also experiencing frequent mouse and keyboard freezes. Anytime I open iTunes while downloading with Azureus, it happens. Sometimes as soon as the computer starts, it freezes the mouse and keyboard.

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well sometimes it happens straight away after logging into the computer. Then when I copy a large file it starts to freeze. The transfer bar says its doing something but the bar never increases. Then the keyboard and mouse just doesnt respond and I have to reboot.

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mine isnt giving me any freezing but i do get a grey screen after a few min saying please restart...

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mine isnt giving me any freezing but i do get a grey screen after a few min saying please restart...

That is a kernel panic. Do you think you could turn a core off and see if that fixes it? I have that problem, but disabling a core resolves it. I don't mean it as a permanent solution, more to narrow down the problem.

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That is a kernel panic. Do you think you could turn a core off and see if that fixes it? I have that problem, but disabling a core resolves it. I don't mean it as a permanent solution, more to narrow down the problem.


i prefer not to turn a core off due to sluggish performance lol but it does run quite well and has only paniced on me twice now....

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USB mouse and keyboard. Crashed for me opening a webcam on desertbus.org. I'll be doing some more testing tonight for you, though.

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I'm using a usb keyboard and mouse. At the moment im reinstalling everything. But before I got the stops sometimes when I just log into the computer without starting anything at all. Then sometimes it would work fine until I copy a large file from an external harddrive. I can get online fine. It freezes and I can't move anything, Ive tried different ports too for the mouse etc.

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i prefer not to turn a core off due to sluggish performance lol but it does run quite well and has only paniced on me twice now....

Uhm, if you have sluggish performance with 1 core you have other issues. I am running on one and the machine is still blazing fast. Check your Activity Monitor (/Applications/Utilities/Activity Monitor) and see if your % System cpu use goes rather high when using your hard drive or otherwise. When mine was stuttering with 1 core, this was the problem. It does it with both cores as well, its just you have one free to do stuff while the other gets wasted.

Anyways, worth a check.

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Experience panic whenever downloading larger files

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I get the same problem as Kiamo.
I get a kernel panic in Leopard as soon as I open my browser.
I have to run my Leopard with 1 core in order to make it stable.

Works perfect on my Tiger 10.4.8 though.

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As the original forcedeth driver and this driver are using the same framework, the kernel panics seem to be framework-related, because im getting kernel panics with the original forcedeth driver in leopard too when i try to download larger files.

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As the original forcedeth driver and this driver are using the same framework, the kernel panics seem to be framework-related, because im getting kernel panics with the original forcedeth driver in leopard too when i try to download larger files.


Thanks, that is use full information, I didn't know it was happening in the forcedeth driver as well. This means that the framework is to blame. Not very good news though. I knew the framework was not exactly according to Apple's standard so to say but I was under the impression it was fairly stable.
I did some test's yesterday in Tiger transferring 24gb (computer 2 computer), downloading with azareus and watching an web cam at the same time with no problems. (so far I didn't have a freeze or kernel panic yet..)

I will do my best and see what I can find. if anyone can give me some more information would really help!

Mike.

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yesterday i did experience two "freezes" i use to do a lot of tasks alltogether, i had various firefox downloads, i was using a torrents file downloader tvwatch or something like that, transmission for download the torrents that tvwatch downloaded and when i opened vlc to play a video file, it kind of freezed... istat didnt show a great cpu use, my mouse was running fine, its an usb wireless mouse attached to ps/2 port and my keyboard its a wired ps/2, mouse cursor was working without problems but apps didnt response, i clicked on spaces to change desktop and after 5 minutes there were the four selection desktops but still freeze, at the end i did shutdown my computer pressing power button for 4 seconds, on the next restart it did show a lot of errors on startup i didnt know what they were pointing to, ill try to write down next time.

sorry if its not very helpful...

i have an striker motherboard with one lan port disabled on bios.

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great job mate, here is asus p5n32e-sli 680i chipset...

it was the last thing but the most important on my computer that was not working and now it works... great efforts!!!!

driver loads saying my card is not known to work as expected from forcedeth, after 30 secs delayed boot as u suggested, it worked fine, i did download couple of files big ones and didnt see any issue maybe bcoz i have a little fast net speed (16mbits) but so downloading couple of 100 mb files took only 1.5 mins and didnt have any issues yet... no freezing at the moment... hopefull wont have in the future,

i m testing this on 10.4.8 at the moment...

i will test it on 10.4.10 and 10.4.11 later today to see any difference...

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sounds like an issue with leopard only because everyone with tiger has got it working.

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Thats what MeDevil said about the forcedeth-related kernel panics:

Yes, i've noticed this issue too. However, this happens only in leopard. Imho, the driver should be:
1) updated with the latest linux forcedeth changes.
2) rewrited by using the nve freebsd code as a base (note: this isn't "porting" the driver, but write a new one!)


Option 1 seems to be the "faster" one, while Option 2 should bring a more stable version when coded corretly -_-

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Ok, after looking at the source code a bit more I think what is happening is that we have a 'multithreading' problem.

Why?
- Working on 1 core works.
- Several applications usings the NIC can cause problems (1 app. in general works).
- Leo deals differently with multi-threading then tiger. (Tiger working fine)
- Source code is not 'multithreading safe'.

Currently the driver supports multi-threading, although in a very wacky way, so what is happening is that two applications are writing to the output queue at the same time, normally a locking mechanism is in place which will prevent this, but in our case it is allowed and resulting in freezes and kernel panics etc.

The plan is to bring the driver back to 'single threaded' mode and hopefully get this issue resolved.
What I am looking for are some volunteers who are experiencing problems, and have of course have Leo. installed who are willing to test the driver. If you are, send me a PM with your e-mail address, I don't want to post the driver here yet because it is all very experimental. I will make the changes later on tonight and when I am done, e-mail them out.

Thanks!

Mike.





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