Latest release of BCM5700 driver for PE2650 JACOB_LIBERMAN at
Tue Aug 5 09:41:01 CDT 2003

Dell recommends using the bcm5700 driver if you have a choice.

The tg3 driver is fine under most circumstances, but we have seen problems
with intermittent lockups on some platforms.

Since tg3 is a community supported driver, it is harder for Dell to quickly
initiate change if the driver has problems. We are in communication with
broadcom and can get that driver updated relatively quickly if need be. The
same goes for e100 versus eepro100 and aic7xxx versus aic7xxx_mod, etc, etc.

On a personal note, I prefer the bcm5700 because it is easier to set the
speed and duplex with module parameters rather than using something like
eth-tool. But each to their own.

-----Original Message-----
From: Álvaro Palma [mailto:apalma at] 
Sent: Tuesday, August 05, 2003 9:23 AM
To: linux-poweredge at
Subject: Re: Latest release of BCM5700 driver for PE2650

Mensaje citado por "Martin A. Brown" <mabrown-dell at>:

>  : Mhh what's that boding module ? Does it do fault tolerance ? 
> Currently
>  : I have my two cards plugged into a switch but only one has an IP
>  : address, the other network card is configured as spare in case the
>  : first network card fails, then it switches to the second network card.
>  : Can bonding do that ?
> Yes.

Are you sure. I've configured bonding a couple of times, but as far as I
it supports load balancing, not fault tolerance. It simple to test,
one cable (I did it) :-)

In any case, I'm gonna give a second read in the manuals. 

Álvaro Palma

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