My experiences with six new Dell 2650's and RedHat Linux 7.2

Russo, Ben Ben.Russo at
Wed Aug 7 09:45:01 CDT 2002

Thanks for the expert answers!  This was my first posting to this
list and I'm amazed at the quality of the answers and the caliber of the

     >-----Original Message-----
     >From: Arjan Van de Ven
     >Sent: Wednesday, August 07, 2002 6:56 AM
     >To: Russo, Ben
     >Cc: 'linux-poweredge at'
     >Subject: Re: My experiences with six new Dell 2650's and RedHat Linux
     >On Tue, Aug 06, 2002 at 04:09:19PM -0400, Russo, Ben wrote:
     >> found that there is no bcm5700 module support built into the 
     >> modules dir for the standard RedHat kernel?
     >Huh? Please look again, we do ship bcm5700

You are correct, I was looking for it under .../kernel/drivers/net/bcm
where it was in the Dell SBE CD's 2.4.7-10 kernel RPM.  It moved to
.../kernel/drivers/addon/bcm5700 in the RedHat 7.2 updates 2.4.9-34 kernel

     >> Is there a way to take the standard RedHat kernel source and apply 
     >> the patches just for aacraid and bcm5700?  If so where would I get
     >> patches?  Or even better yet, does Dell have the newer stable
kernels in
     >> binary RPM form somewhere?
     >the PCI option hack shouldn't ever have been done and is not needed in
     >> I ended up disabling the broadcom adapters in the BIOS and putting 
     >> in a PCI 3Com card that works with no problems. But it is a shame to

     >> waste those two on board NIC's and have to use a PCI slot for no 
     >> good reason.
     >You can cheat and install the 7.3 kernel and use the tg3 driver for

That is great, this was just the kind of answer I was looking for.
Do any of the list readers have anecdotal evidence of "rock-solid" 
stability when using the bcm 5701 NIC's with the tg3 driver?

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