Dell Power Edge R710 with CentOS

Tapas Mishra mightydreams at
Tue May 18 06:29:07 CDT 2010

Thanks a lot for your kind reply.
I have been using Debian Lenny on R710
and a similar problem was solved via firmware upgrade.
This time I am first time using CentOS.Can you provide me a link to
the driver that you are referring to.

On Tue, May 18, 2010 at 4:53 PM, Tom Boland <tom at> wrote:
> I haven't upgraded any of our boxes from 5.4 yet, but I have to say I've had
> two big problems with the stock bnx2 NIC drivers from 5.4 (for both R610s
> and R710s).  The first problem was that the NICs would just die randomly
> when under heavy load, which required a network restart.  This in particular
> can be resolved by adding options bnx2 disable_msi=1 to /etc/modprobe.conf.
> After that, I was finding that a box which was in production would
> occasionally start intermittently losing packets/connectivity, which also
> required a network restart.  I couldn't resolve this without getting the
> latest NIC drivers from the Dell website.
> Now I don't have any problems, but I've stopped my kernel from automatically
> updating until I set the NIC driver up using DKMS.
> It's not easy to test that the problem could be fixed in RHEL/CentOS 5.5,
> but I'll give it a go.
> Cheers.  Tom.
> On 05/18/2010 12:11 PM, Tapas Mishra wrote:
> Hi,list
> I want to know if some one have installed CentOS  5.5. on their Dell
> Power Edge R710 what problems did they faced.
> I was running a Debian Virtualization setup.Until recently I  had to
> install CentOS as DomU on Debian Dom0 and that is when all trouble
> began.If any firmware update etc is needed or any network card related
> issue is there please let me know.Before I proceed to installation.
> Thanks and Regards.


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