Problem with Poweredge 2550 and 2.6 kernel.

Mark Cuss mcuss at
Fri May 21 08:58:56 CDT 2004

I've been told by quite a few different people that the on-board Broadcom stuff is really bad - it can cause network problems, driver and kernel lockups, etc.  I've had quite a few network problems with our servers lately and have 3 shiny new Intel 1000MT server ethernet cards on my desk that will replace the on board Broadcom stuff this weekend...


  ----- Original Message ----- 
  From: John 
  To: linux-poweredge at 
  Sent: Tuesday, May 18, 2004 12:04 PM
  Subject: Problem with Poweredge 2550 and 2.6 kernel.

  Has anyone ran into problems with a PowerEdge 2550 dropping its Broadcom gig-E interface on kernel 2.6?  This server is running Slackware 9.1 with a 2.6.6 kernel.  I used the 2.6.4 kernel with the same results.

  Also, I have tried both the commercial BCM driver and the open source tg3 driver with the same results.


  The interface will stay up anywhere from one hour to two days, and when it goes down the only way to bring it back up is to unload and re-load the bcm (or tg3) module.  Other servers running a 2.4 kernel and RedHat have been up for months without problems relating to the network card staying up.



  John Councilman

  Broadband Systems Engineer / Postmaster


  jcouncilman at

  Cell: 706-773-5076

  Office: 706-634-6742

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