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Here is the /etc/sysconfig/ethconf file, does it need to set to auto or full duplex?
# This file is read by /etc/init.d/ethconf shortly after the network
# is started. It is used to sets each NIC in the system according to
# the requirements of the network its on. The format of this file is
# as follows:
# <ifname> is eth0, eth1, etc.
# <speed> is 10, 100, or 1000, or auto
# <duplex> is half or full (or empty if auto is set)
# auto and 1000 are synonymous (the gigE standard requires auto-negotiation,
# and the interface and switchport will negotiate 1000 full-duplex)
# Here are some examples:
# If auto (or 1000) is not set, then the duplex must be specified or
# the script will continue without flagging an error.