Subject: Re: Heads up: DFE-530TX+
To: None <>
From: John Kohl <>
List: current-users
Date: 04/13/2000 07:53:18
>>>>> "PS" == Peter Seebach <> writes:

PS> There's a new DFE-530TX (you may know this as 'vr0'), and it has a '+', and
PS> the chip is labeled 'DL10038' instead of 'DL10030'.

You've fallen into the D-Link marketing trap.  The DFE-530TX+ is
supported by the "rl" driver.  However, note the following comments from
the top of the driver (sys/dev/pci/if_rl.c):

 * The RealTek 8139 PCI NIC redefines the meaning of 'low end.' This is
 * probably the worst PCI ethernet controller ever made, with the possible
 * exception of the FEAST chip made by SMC. The 8139 supports bus-master
 * DMA, but it has a terrible interface that nullifies any performance
 * gains that bus-master DMA usually offers.

... and it goes on from there with further venting.

==John Kohl <>, <>
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