NetXtreme II BCM5708

Giorgio Quattrone quattrone at
Wed Jun 3 07:50:39 CDT 2009

It seems to be related to "license restrictions placed on the firmware"
so Debian installer CD does not include non-free firmware needed by the nic.
I had a simimilar problem installing Debian 5.0 on a M605
Please follow this link for a workaround

It's also documented on the release notes


Nikos Baltas wrote:
> Hi All,
> I am wondering whether you can help with the NetXtreme II BCM5708 card.
> I am using a new PE 2950, but I need to install Debian Linux 4.0 (Etch
> r3 20080217) for compatibility purposes.
> The installer complains that it cannot find this card.
> Can you please advice how to go about this?
> Many thanks.
> Nikos
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