Monday, March 16, 2009

NIC Death/Resurrection

Today I moved EXP IV to its Final Resting Place (FRP), hooked it up to its woefully underpowered UPS, re-installed NUT (Network UPS Tools), played a quick game, and forgot about it.

About four hours later I noticed the sucker dropped off the network.

I guess it took that "Final Resting Place" concept too literally.

The FRP, where EXP III used to live, is at the end of the longest wire on the network. It leaves the switch, travels across the fireplace mantel, and drops down to the other side of the fambly room. Maybe twenty five or thirty feet max. Apparently, the built-in NVidia NIC was unhappy with that situation, because I plugged my laptop into that wire and it was happy.

So I added a RealTek NIC (RTL 8129C) and edited the udev settings to tell the OS eth0 was now eth1 and eth1 was now eth0 and rebooted.

Maybe this had something to do with the reported lag. Maybe it will be better. Maybe it will die again.

I don't know. If you see any improvement drop me a note.


  1. Anonymous6:16 PM

    I've had major issues attempting to play on Bot House, Experimental, and Bitch House. Not all the time, but most of the time. Red lag flag comes up frequently and renders it unplayable. I play under the name StinkFly.

  2. I know!