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Re: Problem with NICs on Amd64 installer

On Thu, Nov 10, 2005 at 06:45:43PM +0000, David Goodenough wrote:
> Hi,
> I am new to Amd64, but have been using Debian for a long time.
> I was asked to install Debian on a couple of 1U servers running AMD-64 
> CPUs.  They have NICs that require the TG3 driver.
> I got hold of the sid D-I business card ISO, and booted it up.  It booted
> just find and correctly identified the need to load the TG3 driver.  But
> it then failed to load it, and if I change to the second console and try to
> use modprobe explicitly it says that the TG3 driver is not found.
> Now I know there was a problem with the TG3 driver in that it required
> binary firmware, but I understand that there is now a version which 
> does not need the firmware but does not enable all the facilities.

The tg3 driver doesn't need/use firmware.  I've heard from several sources
that there is some amd64 hardware that has built in NICs that detect
as tg3 but the driver either doesn't load or loads but doesn't work.
It could be the case that it's being mis-detected, or it's such a new
variant on Broadcoms tigon family that the tg3 driver doesn't like it.
You might try the GPL'd Broadcom source for bcm5700, but that probably
won't help you during install.

> Having failed with that driver I then tried to plug in a USB ethernet
> adapter which would have needed the pegasus driver.  But that is
> not auto-detected and again not loadable.
> There is a PCI slot spare, but it does not seem designed for 
> ethernet cards in that I don't think I can get connected to it.

You mean for physical reasons, like there is no case opening?  Perhaps
you need a PCI riser card to use the slot.


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