debian 4.0 on poweredge 2950

matteo filippetto matteo.filippetto at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 06:51:19 CST 2009


Thank you. I create a cd with freedos iso, boot the server and then
insert Broadcom utilities cd.
I disable firmware management so I let you now if this workaround
solves also my problems.

Thank you very much

Matteo


2009/2/18 AndydnA <andydna at andydna.net>:
> Generally I use a bootable cd-rom with dos (for example you can use freedos
> with usb support) and after boot I use an usb key with Broadcom tools.
> But you can try also with this bootable iso file:
>
> http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/netxtreme_desktop.php
>
> It is a bootable cd-rom iso with already inside the Broadcom tools directly
> from Broadcom web site.
>
> Cheers
>
> AndydnA
>
>
> On Feb 18, 2009, at 10:55 PM, matteo filippetto wrote:
>
>> Ok, I follow the how to. I burn the dos iso image and than boot the system
>> from cd rom. The system boots correctly but I can't see a valid cd rom
>> drive?
>>
>> I will try with a different boot image ...
>>
>> Thank you very much.
>>
>> Matteo
>>
>> 2009/2/18 AndydnA <andydna at andydna.net>:
>>>
>>> YES! That workaround work! :)
>>>
>>> I have had many problems with Debian and Xen with Broadcom embedded NIC.
>>> The Broadcom embedded NIC doesn't work at all (zero received/transmitted
>>> packets) with the Xen Kernel and the pe1950 and pe2950 server.
>>> The problem is not the Broadcom NIC, but the DELL management function. I
>>> hate this function! I spent one week and hundred coffee mug for find the
>>> follow work around! :)
>>> You can search for: "How to disable the management function on Broadcom
>>> NetXtreme II BCM5708 NIC" at xensource.
>>>
>>> http://kb.xensource.com/entry.jspa?externalID=66
>>>
>>> From 2005 and after the workaround above, the Broadcom NIC on all my DELL
>>> servers, that are running Xen 3, are working without any network problem!
>>> :)
>>>
>>> AndydnA
>>>
>>>
>>> On Feb 18, 2009, at 12:17 PM, matteo filippetto wrote:
>>>
>>>> Hi all,
>>>>
>>>> I just subscribe to this list because I need help about some problems
>>>> I'm having with my poweredge 2950.
>>>>
>>>> It happens randomly that I can't connect to my server using ssh and I
>>>> can't ping it. After reboot all is ok, up and running.
>>>>
>>>> The s.o. installed is a Debian 4.0 with kernel 2.6.18-5-xen-686.
>>>>
>>>> The NIC is (# dmesg | grep 'Broadcom')
>>>>
>>>> Broadcom NetXtreme II Gigabit Ethernet Driver bnx2 v1.4.44 (August 10,
>>>> 2006)
>>>>
>>>> eth0: Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-T (B2) PCI-X 64-bit
>>>> 133MHz found at mem f4000000, IRQ 16, node addr 001c23d70fa6
>>>>
>>>> eth1: Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-T (B2) PCI-X 64-bit
>>>> 133MHz found at mem f8000000, IRQ 16, node addr 001c23d70fa4
>>>>
>>>> I read this link
>>>> http://mywiki.ncsa.uiuc.edu/wiki/Dell_PE1950_NIC_Firmware_Workaround
>>>> Do you think I should try?
>>>>
>>>> Have you some ideas about this matter?
>>>>
>>>> Thank you very much.
>>>> Best regards
>>>> --
>>>> Matteo Filippetto
>>>>
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>>>
>>
>>
>>
>> --
>> Matteo Filippetto
>
>



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