For those who missed the previous episode in this saga here’s a summary: 1) Bought D-Link DGS-1008D 2) It dies 3) Return to shop for replacement 4) It dies.
I sent the second one in for repairs and got back a replacement (different serial number) for it yesterday. It’s still alive so far.
I also got the Gigabit card in my windows box working reliably. Previously it would cause noise on the sound card and give erratic performance. After poking around I found that the Realtek gigabit card and my M-Audio Revolution 7.1 sound card were both insisting on latching on to IRQ 21. After moving PCI cards around and disabling some unused devices in the BIOS, the Realtek decided to try out IRQ 16, and now no longer causes my sound card to make rude noises.
Performance between my XP box and main Solaris server are pretty ripping now. However, my older Solaris server barely breaks 200mbps, just about double a plain old fast ethernet board can do. It’s an old Pentium 2 450mhz system, so I guess that’s about all one can expect from such ancient technology. I guess I’ll have to get a new motherboard/cpu to build the RAID-Z file server now. (The main Solaris box is a small-form-factor PC which only has room for 2 hard drives, so it can at best do RAID-1.)