I using Knoppix 3.7 on two machines, one with kernel 2.4.27 and the other with 2.6.9. I running freevo on the 2.6.9 box and samba (latest debian version, 3.0.x I think) on the 2.4.27 one. The samba server has two usb 250GB drives (one of the shared as the /tv drive). Have the freevo box smbfs setup in the fstab file so they are mounted at boot: //path/to/sharedrive /loca/filename smbfs guest 0 0. When recording TV and writing from the freevo box to the samba server tv drive, I get a "stall" where the network activity ceases and writing at the drive is the only action. This causes a stall in the video being recorded but the audio continues and then both drop off only to come back a short time later (~20 sec) and resync. This happens around 3 times an hour. Looking at the syslog for the freevo box, I see the following (away from the box right now, but this pretty much right on the mark):
smb_add_request request timed out
smb_writepage_sync failed write, wsize=12 write_ret=-5
smb_file_write://file.avi validation failed, error=4294966784
I've seen that others are having similar problems but wondering if anyone can help.