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Re: Problem with NICs on Amd64 installer

On Thursday 10 November 2005 19:07, Andrew Sharp wrote:
> 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.
Knoppix detects this as a Broadcom chip.  And there is a Broadcom chip which
is I think is the right number.
> > 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.
I will have to see if I have a suitable riser.  Yes the problem is physical.
> a

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