Linux support for AMD Opteron with Broadcom NICs
siegert at sfu.ca
Tue Jul 1 18:48:08 EDT 2003
I have a dual AMD Opteron for a week or so as a demo and try to install
Linux on it - so far with little success.
First of all: doing a google search for x86-64 Linux turns up a lot of
press releases but not much more, particularly nothing one could download
and install. Even a direct search on the SuSE and Mandrake sites shows
only press releases. Sigh.
Anyway: I found a few ftp sites that supply a Mandrake-9.0 x86_64 version.
Thus I did a ftp installation which after (many) hickups actually worked.
However, that distribution does not support the onboard Broadcom 5704
NICs. I also could not get the driver from the broadcom web site to work
(insmod fails with "could not find MAC address in NVRAM").
Thus I tried to compile the 2.4.21 kernel which worked, but
"insmod tg3" freezes the machine instantly.
Thus, so far I am not impressed.
For those of you who have such a box: which distribution are you using?
Any advice on how to get those GigE Broadcom NICs to work?
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