Debian 5 on R410 BCM5716

Mirosław Jaworski mjaw at ikp.pl
Tue May 4 09:12:23 CDT 2010


On Tue, 2010-05-04 at 08:32 -0400, Drew Weaver wrote:
> Does anyone have any steps to get the BCM5716 working on servers that
> already have Debian 5 on them?

You chose to run very orthodox distribution which is based on mature
components ( read: old ) on quite modern hardware. Debian stable
kernel bnx2 driver was made before BCM5716 come to be, so it doesn't
recognize it's pci id.

What you can do:
- install kernel from stable-proposed-updates[1]
  most secure approach 
- install even newer kernel package from stable-backports[2]
  second most secure approach
- install kernel package from testing or experimental
  little or no security support
- compile your own kernel

[1] as of now stable-proposed-updates contains already accepted
    package with the kernel supporting BCM5716
    BCM5716 not supported bug report:
    http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=565353
    overview of s-p-u packages:
    http://release.debian.org/proposed-updates/stable.html
    how to use s-p-u:
    http://wiki.debian.org/StableProposedUpdates

[2] stable-backports contains much newer 2.6.32 based kernel
    package:
    http://packages.debian.org/lenny-backports/linux-image-2.6-amd64
    how to use backports:
    http://backports.org/dokuwiki/doku.php?id=instructions


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