>I would use the VIA C3's with the Intel NICS for troubleshooting since they
>should be fine. I don't know about Realtek stability. Some of my
>m0n0wall/Linux/*BSD problems I have been able to trace to NIC driver
>issues, and Intel should be stable.
> Do you use something to thoroughly test your systems before production? I
> use "The Ultimate Boot CD" and run Memory and CPU tests on systems to
> verify integrity. The only regular freezes I have ever experienced in
> m0n0wall or FreeBSD (5 or 6) have been on systems that had small but
> detectable hardware issues, often memory type or timing issues, sometimes
> CPU clock/overclock problems.
The Intel NIC boxes are the ones I'm getting ready for more testing right
now. I also assumed the Realtek NICs were the source of my problems but
alas they run fine in other installations (less load though, so...).
And unfortunately I never did test anything right before production. I made
the mistake of assuming "brand new" meant would work well right out of the
box. I have since learned that lesson and downloaded the Ultimate Boot CD
last week. I have not had a chance to work with it, but today this stuff
its taking priority.