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Realtek RTL-8110SC is a pile of shit but here’s some links to drivers

Sourced from here:

Realtek Driver – for Gigabit Ethernet chip – RTL8110SC(L)

NOTE: This driver below causes kernel panic on Ubuntu 11.04 with kernel 2.6.38-8-generic and 2.6.38-8-generic-pae when installed on a Jetway mini-itx 7F4K1G5-PB rev:3.1 motherboard. It compiles fine but when loaded into kernel with modprobe cause kernel panic after a few seconds – probably during the auto negiotiation stage.

Realtek RTL-8110SC Gigabit Ethernet Rev 10
Subsystem: Jetway Device: 10ec

I could only get the driver “r8169 Gigabit Ethernet 2.3LK-NAPI” that comes with Ubuntu 11.04 to work with this chip in 10Mb Full Duplex mode. All other modes resulted in 40-60% packet loss or total failure.

I used mii-tool --force=10BaseT-FD eth0 to force 10Mb Full Duplex. The Left light is out on NIC when in 10Mb mode and the right LED flashes on activity.

LINUX driver for kernel 2.6.x and 2.4.X (support x86 and x64) – “support” is obviously a loose word here
Version: 6.014.00
Date: 2010/9/10

My next attempt is to install Windows XP on the box and run Linux in VirtualBox. Hopefully the drivers for Windows are less shit. I don’t expect that these chips support “Large Send Offload” so will be disabling that in Advanced Settings.

WinXP and WinServer 2003 Driver
Version: 5.719
Date: 2011/5/20

Win7 Driver
Version: 7.043
Date: 2011/5/20

Vista and WinServer 2008 Driver
Version: 6.247
Date: 2011/3/21


WARNING Re: 3TB drives have arrived

3TB is too big for most motherboard chipsets. Nvidia chipsets currently can’t handle more than 2.19TB. And yes this includes Macs unless they are very recent and are UEFI-compliant.

Nvidia Forum posts about lack of support for drives above 2.19TB. USB caddies are also pretty hit and miss.

Look for UEFI-compliant Bios and Motherboards.

Also Windows XP can’t count that high without 3rd party $ drivers.

Some Western Digital drives ship with a PCI Express card that enable Vista/Windows 7 OS to see the 3TB drive.

Scan has WD 3TB drive with PCI Express HBA card (£172 inc VAT – Feb 15, 2011)

Broadcast: HD Video Ingest

I recently saw this application at a customer’s site and had the chance to take it for a test drive. Pretty sweet if you ask me.

So if you find yourself in a production broadcast environment and you need to ingest some content off digibeta using your £20,000 Sony VTR but instead of also occupying an Avid Editing suite or forking out £20,000+ for an Amberfin iCR have a look at Miura from BlueLucy Media.

Their slick application makes use of the Decklink HD Extreme PCIe Capture Card to ingest (capture) HD video to a variety of formats (MPEG2, MPEG4, MXF OP1a, IMX50). The great thing about this app is that it can also create a low resolution proxy version at the same time (WMV, Flash, H.264, etc…).

Software and bundled Decklink HD capture card costs £4700 – an amazing price considering the alternatives. They recommend a medium to high spec quad core Xeon HP workstation for capturing HD content which they estimate at costing another £2000-3000 (but I believe at today’s prices – Dec 2009 – you could pick up a good workstation to do the job for under £1000.)

Windows: Burn .iso to CD/DVD/Bluray

An easy and very useful free utility called ImgBurn that burns .iso images to physical disks is available from the nice people at Digital Digest.

Disabling Autoplay or Autorun in Windows

There may be several reason why you may wish to disable Autoplay or Autorun for CD, DVD, and removable drives in Windows but for me it’s partly security and partly annoyance. There have been a few recent worms that use autoplay to silently install themselves and replicate. The viruses add themselves to autorun.inf which Windows happily parses and executes shellexecute commands or changes the behaviour when a users double clicks on the removable media.

For those curious how the viruses take advantage of the autorun feature check out technical details from McAfee and TrendMicro.

Howto Disable Autorun on Windows XP:

For a single machine you can use TweakUI to disable autoplay


The easiest way to disable Autorun on a specific drive is to download and use Tweak UI PowerToy.

  • After installation, launch Tweak UI, double-click on My Computer in the tree menu on the left, then click on AutoPlay > Drives. This will allow you to change the system settings for AutoPlay/autorun.
  • Uncheck the drives you want to disable AutoPlay on and click on Apply.
  • Next, click on the Types in the left tree. This allows you to control whether Autoplay is enabled for CD and DVD drives and removable drives. You may need to restart Tweak UI if it closes after step 2.
  • Uncheck the box to disable Autoplay for a particular type of drive.
  • Click Apply.

Or for those wishing to disable Autorun on several computers you can disable Autorun by Domain Policy aka Group Policy.

Howto Disable Autorun on Windows XP using Domain Policy (Group Policy):

After launching “gpedit.msc” or from within Active Directory, Enable the Turn Off Autoplay option in both

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\System
User Configuration\Administrative Templates\System