[Samba] Odd transfer speed issue

Stuart Gall stuart at otenet.gr
Tue Jan 22 18:43:29 GMT 2008

Hi Will,
Alright ALTHOUGH this makes no sense at all
do you have
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.  
RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 01)

I read that someone fixed this issue by swapping out a RTL8111 card.
I have this card AND I have this problem. It is only affecting samba  
access from windows, http from windows is fine

google "samba RTL8111" to get a feel for it :-))

I am going to swap the NIC on Thursday I will report back.

Can anyone imagine what could possibly be wrong with a NIC or its  
driver so as to ONLY affect samba to windows ??!!!


On 18 Jan 2008, at 20:46, Will Payne wrote:

> Hi all,
> I'm seeing slow transfers to/from my samba server. I just tried to  
> copy a 270MB file from a samba share to an XP machine. At first,  
> the estimated time displayed as 141 minutes :(
> The odd thing is that if I then flood-ping from the server (in this  
> case, I pinged my dsl router), the transfer completes in about 10  
> seconds. Hitting F5 repeatedly when browsing a share on the server  
> also causes an increase of speed. I seem to get *more* throughput  
> when there's a higher load.. Watching a video off a samba share is  
> quite choppy and keeps stopping but leaving the ping running seems  
> to fix it.
> Any ideas? My google powers fail me..
> W
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