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Old 10-11-2007, 01:31 PM   #1
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Broadcom NIC help - Kernel 2.6.9-22


Hello All,

I am looking for someone who may have ran into the issue I am having. I currently have a Dell Optiplex 745. It has a clean install of Red Hat 4 with every package possible.

When I issue the ifconfig command I am presented with nothing more then my loopback. I do not see an eth0 or eth1 which is why I need some help. I did some research and it turns out that broadcom now uses tg3 drivers for their cards. I first tried instaling the tg3 drivers, but after not having any luck I went back to the books and saw that the drivers are already present.

After figuring this out I did a /sbin/modprobe tg3 and then a lsmod |grep tg3 to make sure it was loaded. That worked fine and it was now loaded. I then added a ifcfg-eth0 to my networking scripts and included these entries into the file.

DEVICE=eth0
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
ONBOOT=yes

I saved the file and decided to restart networking. After it came back up I tried to bring up my eth0 device, no dice.

"tg3 device eth0 does not seem to be present delaying initialization"

I then did some more research and found that maybe I should add alias eth0 tg3 into my modprobe.conf file. I did a restart in hopes that it would work and still nothing. I can not figure out what is wrong. When I do a lspci command it sees my ethenet card, but as nothing more then an unknown device. Please help me someone.

I also checked out this thread (http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...light=broadcom) because he seems to have the same card I have. I tried the acpi=off and doing the rest of the commands, but that did not work either.

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Old 10-11-2007, 07:21 PM   #2
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You need to edit the /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts file for the tg3 device, example below;

TYPE=Ethernet
DEVICE=eth0
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
ONBOOT=yes
USERCTL=yes
IPV6INIT=no
PEERDNS=yes
IPADDR=
NETMASK=
GATEWAY=
DHCP_HOSTNAME=

The last lines are present in case you want to use static IP addressing instead of using dhcp address assignment, blank the value of the BOOTPROTO line if you chose this option.
 
Old 10-12-2007, 08:41 AM   #3
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Unfortunately adding those additional entries did not help out either. I am still getting the error that no such device (eth0) exists. I am at a loss right now. I heard on a few other boards that the updates fixed it, but I am having a hard time getting access to them. If anyone else has any ideas, please feel free to chime in.
 
Old 10-12-2007, 11:20 AM   #4
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Are you not subscribed to RHN??? If no then check out;

http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Packag...ment/YumOnRHEL
 
Old 10-17-2007, 02:58 PM   #5
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This may be the wrong answer, but I did have some network problems with my PowerEdge 1950 servers. If we are talking RedHat Enterprise Linux v4, there is an update 5 for that version of RHEL. Using the ISO's of Update 4 on my 1950's eliminated most of the problems including RAID controller issues.

Update 5 should have the same changes and then some...

Not sure if that helps, but I wanted to throw it out there.

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Old 10-18-2007, 01:04 AM   #6
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Yea, I am in the process right now of getting the updates. The weird thing is that I have a whole lab of Red Hat boxes with the same exact hardware, but to my knowledge there was never an issue with drivers. I am going to check out the CMOS NIC options tomorrow. I have tried everything else, so I might as well check that out and see what I can find. If I do manage to get it up and running I will be sure to post. It seems for the most part that threads related to this issue have gone unsolved. Thanks for your insight though, it is greatly appreciated.
 
Old 10-18-2007, 08:58 AM   #7
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Hello All,

Funny thing happened to me this morning. I got into work and like I said I would, I checked out the CMOS options for on board devices and got nothing. Feeling like there was no hope for these Red Hat boxes, I booted them up and came across something interesting. As it was booting it switched to a GUI displaying Kudzu asking me if I wanted to configure my NIC. I answered yes and was prompted to enter the IP, netmask and so on. After doing so the NIC came up without any issues.

I thought it was too good to be true, but all seems well. I can't access the internet, but I can ping our default gateway and thats really all that matters. Upon issuing a lspci command I still see that I am presented with a PCI device unknown. I am not too sure why it sill says this, but I looked into var/log/messages to see what displayed on boot. It does show that the card is taking the tg3 drivers and it is properly identifying the card brand/model. Thanks for everyone who provided comments and for past threads, its good to be done with this.
 
Old 10-18-2007, 10:53 AM   #8
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Well, I'm glad you got the Ethernet device working, good for you!!!

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Upon issuing a lspci command I still see that I am presented with a PCI device unknown
Nothing to fret about here, this just means your pcids (pciutils package) are a bit out of date. You might want to download and build/install the latest version from RHEL4 update 5.

You really should bring the system current, many bug fixes and other enhancements have taken place since kernel-2.6.9-22 was released. The current version is kernel-2.6.9-55.0.9.EL

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