Using the Linux* e1000e base driver for Intel® Gigabit Ethernet Network Connections
The Linux* e1000e driver supports PCI Express* Gigabit Network Connections except the 82575, 82576, 82580, and I350.
For information concerning driver configuration details, refer to the Read Me file in the Download Center.
The Linux* base drivers support the 2.4.x and 2.6.x kernels. They include support for Itanium® 2-based systems.
The drivers are only supported as a loadable module. We don't supply patches against the kernel source to allow for static linking of the drivers. For questions related to hardware requirements, see the documentation supplied with your Intel® Gigabit Network Adapter. All hardware requirements listed apply for use with Linux.
Features now available in supported kernels:
- Native VLANs
- Channel Bonding (teaming)
Find Channel Bonding documentation in the Linux kernel source: /documentation/networking/bonding.txt
This release doesn't support the driver information previously displayed in the /proc file system. You can also use ethtool (version 1.6 or later), lspci, and ifconfig to get the same information. Find instructions on updating ethtool in the additional configurations section.
|Note||The Intel® 82562v 10/100 Network Connection only provides 10/100 support.|
Building and installation
To build a binary RPM* package of this driver, run rpmbuild -tb e1000e.tar.gz.
Untar/unzip the archive, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar file:tar zxf e1000e-<x.x.x>.tar.gz
Change to the driver src directory, where <x.x.x> is the version number for the driver tar:cd e1000e-<x.x.x>/src/
Compile the driver module:# make install
The binary installs as:/lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/e1000e/e1000e.[k]o
The install location listed above is the default. Location may differ for various Linux distributions.
Load the module using either the insmod or modprobe command:modprobe e1000e insmod e1000e
Note that you can use the insmod command for 2.6 kernels if you specify the full path to the driver module. For example:insmod /lib/modules/<KERNEL VERSION>/kernel/drivers/net/e1000e/e1000e.ko
With 2.6 based kernels, make sure that older e1000e drivers are removed from the kernel before you load the new module:rmmod e1000e; modprobe e1000e
Assign an IP address to the interface by entering the following, where <x> is the interface number:ifconfig eth<x> <IP_address>
Verify that the interface works. Enter the following, where <IP_address> is the IP address for another machine on the same subnet as the interface you are testing:ping <IP_address>
Some systems have trouble supporting MSI and/or MSI-X interrupts. If your system must disable this style of interrupt, build and install the driver with the command:# make CFLAGS_EXTRA=-DDISABLE_PCI_MSI install
Normally the driver generates an interrupt every two seconds. If you're no longer seeing interrupts in cat /proc/interrupts for the ethX e1000e device, then this workaround may be necessary.