On Tue, 2011-08-23 at 08:59 -0400, Michael Mastrogiacomo wrote: > Hello Ben, thanks for the reply. > > > >Right, if autonegotiation fails then it is possible for 'parallel > >detection' to establish a 100HD link. The question is why autoneg > >failed. > > I concur. I suspect the driver. > > I should mention that this sounds like a similar issue: > > http://h30499.www3.hp.com/t5/Networking/Problem-with-NC375i-and-NC375T-on-Re > dHat-Linux5/td-p/4712102 > > > I assume nx_nic drivers are in nx3fwct.bin and phanfw.bin contains the > netxen_nic drivers. The netxen_nic driver is in the kernel package (linux-image-2.6.32-5-amd64). I assume nx_nic is an earlier version of the driver; no driver of that name has been included in Linux. > I guess the installer overrides nx3fwct.bin if it > finds phanfw.bin The driver decides which firmware file to load. The current version of netxen_nic prefers phanfw.bin but can also use one of the nx3fw*.bin files (dependent on the hardware model). If none are found then it falls back to using the firmware loaded from flash (which is presumably buggy). > because lsmod has only shown netxen_nic drivers loaded > in both of my install attempts. > > I suppose I could try deleting phanfw.bin from my removable media to leave > only nx3fwct.bin there and see what happens with the different drivers. > > > >When you say that the installation failed, do you mean that you > >were unable to complete the installation, or that the installation > >was broken because it could not set up the network connection? > > Sorry for that ambiguity. The installer ran fine to completion. I meant > "failed" in the sense that end result was that the NIC card still failed to > autonegotiate after rebooting after installation. [...] So, does the system have firmware-netxen installed? If not, can you try installing it and rebooting? What does the command 'dmesg | grep netxen' show? Ben.
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