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Re: firemware-bnx2 question

On Wed, 2010-10-13 at 16:19 -0400, Jean-Sébastien Frerot wrote:
> Hi,
>   I have been searching a lot on Google to find an answer to my
> question, but unfortunately I haven't been able to find one so far. So
> I'm hoping you would be kind enough to help me with my issue.
> I'm trying to figure out how you have been able to generate the .fw
> files for the bnx2 drivers for the different kernels. I have been able
> to find the .ihex files but I don't know how to convert them into .fw
> files.

I assume you have a source tarball from kernel.org, in which case 'make
firmware_install' will convert the ihex files to binary.

The kernel team packages the firmware images in firmware-bnx2, which is
in the non-free section of the archive.  In order to install that, you
need to include the non-free section in your APT sources configuration.

> I have build the experimental kernel package 2.6.35 from debian, and
> now I'm kind of stuck with the bnx2 drivers for my Broadcom NetXtreme
> II BCM5709 card. I have found from arch-linux the .fw that i manually
> added to my server and successfully loaded the drivers/firmware, but
> it seems there is a bug with the drivers and it's causing me some
> problems. 
> I would like to know how to build the drivers the "real" debian way.

See <http://kernel-handbook.alioth.debian.org/>.

>  And if it's possible I would like to use the latest drivers from
> broadcom.

That's your choice but nothing to do with us...


> Do you think you could direct me to the right place, or maybe help me
> with my issue?
Ben Hutchings
Once a job is fouled up, anything done to improve it makes it worse.

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