SUNOS-8000-1L Errors caused by nxge driver for X4447A-z

I recently installed Solaris 08/07 on a T2000 with a Sun Quad GbE x8 PCIe Low Profile Adapter (X4447A-z) inside. The machine gave lots of problems.

One of the issues was the following message which the machine logged hundreds if not thousands of times:

Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname fmd: [ID 441519 daemon.error] SUNW-MSG-ID: SUNOS-8000-1L,
TYPE: Defect, VER: 1, SEVERITY: Minor
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname EVENT-TIME: Tue Oct 23 22:18:27 BST 2007
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname PLATFORM: SUNW,Sun-Fire-T200, CSN: -, HOSTNAME: hostname
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname SOURCE: eft, REV: 1.16
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname EVENT-ID: 86cc16cc-a356-6a94-a11b-bbc8cd5e456f
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname DESC: The EFT Diagnosis Engine encountered telemetry
for which it is unable to produce a diagnosis. Refer to for more information.
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname AUTO-RESPONSE: Error reports from the component will be
logged for examination by Sun.
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname IMPACT: Automated diagnosis and response for these
events will not occur.
Oct 23 22:18:27 hostname REC-ACTION: Run pkgchk -n SUNWfmd to ensure that
fault management software is installed properly. Contact Sun for support.

I originally assumed that these very descriptive messages were part of the same problem with the fmd service which I mentioned in a previous post but Sun found another source for the problem. Apparently it is the nxge driver.
As I write this entry, Sun is working on a new driver. They tried a test version on my server and it did not solve the problem but it does seem to lessen the number of errors and add some information to the logs specifically, the entries above are sometimes preceded by a line similar to this:

nxge: [ID 752849 kern.warning] WARNING: nxge2 : nxge_ipp_err_evnts: pkt_dis_max

In the meantime, it seems that I will be ditching the quad cards until Sun can get their act together. I’m getting them replaced by two dual gigabit cards which use the e1000g driver.

Yonah Russ

Yonah Russ
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