Linux support for AMD Opteron with Broadcom NICs

Jyh-Shyong Ho c00jsh00 at
Tue Jul 1 21:53:05 EDT 2003


We installed SuSE Enterprise 8 for AMD64 on our dual AMD Opteron box,
it works fine for the on-board Broadcom NICs. SuSE Enterprise 8 for
is not free, however. It uses a special 2.4.19Suse kernel which SuSE 
has done a lot of works to make sure most drivers behave normally.
We tried kernel 2.4.21 but it failed for Realtek NICs. At the moment,
there are not so many drivers supported in kernel 2.4.21 for Opteron.

Jyh-Shyong Ho, PhD.
Research Scientist
National Center for High-Performance Computing
Hsinchu, Taiwan, ROC 

Martin Siegert wrote:
> Hello,
> 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?
> Cheers,
> Martin
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