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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    FWIW, I had great success when I put a built binary under the "release" section on one of my github projects. The nice thing is you can specify some notes about the release, and you can assign a git tag or branch that corresponds to it too. Then just upload the binary there. its easy and nice way to provide the binary, github is providing the disk space for it. It has been very much appreciated by users. FWIW.
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    so that problem you speak of...you feel that is only applicable to before-SB,...possibly...or are you experiencing that problem with SB too? Sounds like I may just stick with Mavericks, or perhaps I will upgrade to Yosemite just to be a bit more current, but perhaps not past there. I'm only using this machine as a server anyway... Why rock the boat...
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    What does "SB" stand for? So I guess what you're saying is that Yosemite may be ok but El Capitan and sierra are a {censored} shoot due to power management. Does that problem you speak of occur even if I never let the machine sleep?
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    Mieze, I've been using your driver for a few years now with great success, thank you. Using version 2.2.1d3 on Mavericks, which I believe is the last version I can use pre-Yosemite. It has worked perfectly with great performance! on my GA-P35-DS4 I am thinking about upgrading this box to El Capitan or Sierra just to be more current. Of course, upgrading a hackintosh always carries some risk, so just checking around some things before I proceed. Anything I should concern myself with your network drive on newer versions of OSX? Its been a while since I set it up, but i seem to recall its a pretty vanilla setup...I have to check what other DSDT's I may have used..
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    My understanding is that the version I am using is the last one that will support anything older then El Capitan. My hackintosh is on mavericks and upgrading it is non trivial in fact I think I recall there are some specific reasons why I should not though I can't remember them right now. Its been working totally fine for the pat 12 months until recently and I haven't really changed anything so I'd like to see if there is something I can fix to make the problem go away.
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    Hey Maize, I have been using version 2.2.1d3 on mavericks which I got with git checkout about a year ago and built it myself. See the following post around that time. It has been working great but recently my machine has started dropping the network connection every few days and forcing me to reboot to get it back. I have not changed anything about my mac config other then just running Apple software update perhaps, which doesn't update very much stuff anymore for mavericks. Do you have any ideas what might be going on or how I could figure out what is going on?
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    What Mieze is saying is that there might be something wrong with the network config on your linux NAS. I get gigabit in both directions between my hackintosh and my readynas linux NAS using this driver and no tweaks to the Info.plist. If your linux NAS is not able to receive the incoming data, then it will slow down your outbound performance from your 8111. If you're trying to do your test by writing to the HDD on the linux NAS, that could also effect performance. I recommend you use iperf3 for testing because it eliminates disk i/o from the equation. linux NAS can also have limited cpu capability, which might impact its ability to process incoming data fast enough to keep up with gigabit.
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    Anyway, your driver is better Mieze! I was just providing whatever info I could find about it since someone asked. The one I tested is packaged with [url="http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/279450-why-insanelymac-does-not-support-tonymacx86/"]#####[/url]...not sure if that's the same one.. We're not supposed to mention that tool around here apparently. Its probably found in numerous places. its definitely pretty fast, but hard on the CPU.
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    There is an 8169 driver floating around and my understanding is that this was made by Apple somewhere along the line, but I don't know how up to date it is. Here is one instance of it, but I don't know if this is the most up to date version, it very well might be: http://www.insanelymac.com/forum/topic/297277-realtek-rtl81698110-driver/
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    It sounds like you are making a lot of ongoing improvements to this driver. I hope you will consider coding it in a way so that a version can be built for Mavericks and yosemite with whatever further improvements you come up with. You have that one line that is forcing El Capitan, which is fine for now..but in the future when you improve it in other ways, it would be good to have a branch that doe snot use that call so that those of us on Mavericks and yosemite will be able to benefit from those other future improvements. Anyway, nice job and thank you very much for your contribution!
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    oh well glad to hear my speed stepping is working!! I wasn't really sure
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    I promised some test results. I was able to get gigabit ethernet out of my mobo once I removed problematic cables it would seem. I used iperf2 and iperf3 to run through a series of tests between this box and another machine. But definitely found different levels of performance and reliability between the four drivers I tried. The newest one from Mieze that is supported through Yosemite, version 2.2.1d3, proved to be the best in all regards, reliability and performance. I am unable to test 2.2.0, as I'm on mavericks. v2.2.1d3 performed stellar and seemed reliable. It also used the least cpu to do what it needs to do, with even spread across 4 cores. v1.2.2 was actually very poor in comparison. It performed 20-30% slower then 2.2.1d3. It also cratered networking on the mac easily by doing a 2-thread test in iperf. The mac literally had to be rebooted to get networking back. I don't recommend this version of the driver. The official Apple RTL8169 driver was tested. This driver actually performed very well, about 5% better then v2.2.1d3. However it used at least double the CPU and furthermore it did not use all 4 cores of my machine evenly. (note, some of that could be related to the way iperf3 works) Lnx2's driver was also tested, it performed very similarly to the Apple driver in terms of both performance and CPU utilization. Bottom line I'm getting the best performance out of Maize's v2.2.1d3 driver, with lowest CPU. Its 5% slower then Apple's and LNX2's, but much more efficient with the CPU in some way. I do not know what led LNX2 and maize to build new drivers instead of the one Apple has provided, that seems to work fine, albeit a bit hard on the CPU. Howeve with v2.2.1d3 I was able to transfer a file from my linux NAS over to this machine at over 900mbps, transferred 8gb's in under 2 minutes. As far as I'm concerned that is smokin' performance out of a motherboard chip. I will have to run with this for a while to see if I run into any other operational problems under different networking situations, we shall see, but for now, it looks very solid.
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    I obtained version 2.2.1d3 using git checkout. Built it. It seems to be working ok in Mavericks. (See attachment) I will do some iperf testing later when I get some time and compare between various versions of your realtek driver and also against some others that are out there. One quick question about the Xcode project, I see there are two schemes, one is called xxxx-v2. Which scheme is the right one to use for building this? I used V2, seems to work. Just asking. I also noticed the Xcode project version number is still 1.4xxx something er other... FWIW. That's what gets displayed by GET INFO and other stuff when the kext loads. The build I attached here has version set to 2.2.1d3, which I guess will be the last working version of this driver up through Yosemite. RealtekRTL8111.kext.zip
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    Got it. I will try to see if I can build the last one before 2.2.1.... Thanks!
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    New Driver for Realtek RTL8111

    oh thanks, you've moved on to El Capitan. is there any compelling reason for me to use 1.2.3 or 2.0.0 under Mavericks, or do you feel 1.2.2 will perform generally as well? You mentioned that 2.0.0 was made for Yosemite, so I'm not sure if that means 1.2.3 should be the last consideration for Mavericks ,maybe yes?
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