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compiled kernel and NetXtreme II BCM5708 Gigabit Ethernet

Hi all!

I am having a problem booting with a kernel compiled using the Debian
way. In my particular case I am having this problem on Ubuntu, but I
don't believe that the problem is something specific of this
distribution and that is the reason for which I am consulting it here.

The idea is to install kernel newer than 2.6.24-19, that is the one that
Hardy Heron server has in its repositories, since by problems that I had
of excessive use of virtual memory with KVM, in the KVM mailing list
they recommended to me to use 2.6.27 or superior because it realises one
better management of memory.

Then I've downloaded to the source code of and I compiled it

# fakeroot make-kpkg clean
# fakeroot make-kpkg --initrd --append-to-version=-dgb kernel_image kernel_headers

Although the compilation finishes without problems, I am having a
problem booting the operating system. The interfaces fail to load. This
equipment is a Proliant DL380 G5 with two NetXtreme II BCM5708 Ethernet
Gigabit interfaces.

With kernel of the Ubuntu Hardy repositories I did not have any kind of
problem, but with kernel compiled by myself I obtain the following error
message during the boot that it suggests cannot accede to firmware of
this network interface:

Aug  4 17:38:39 ss03 kernel: [    4.750023] bnx2 0000:03:00.0: firmware: requesting bnx2/bnx2-mips-06-4.6.16.fw
Aug  4 17:38:39 ss03 kernel: [    4.751070] bnx2: Can't load firmware file "bnx2/bnx2-mips-06-4.6.16.fw"
Aug  4 17:38:39 ss03 kernel: [    4.751141] bnx2 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A disabled
Aug  4 17:38:39 ss03 kernel: [    4.751167] bnx2: probe of 0000:03:00.0 failed with error -2
Aug  4 17:38:39 ss03 kernel: [    4.751244] bnx2 0000:05:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17

The peculiar thing is that if I do:

# rmmod bnx2
# modprobe bnx2

Yes it loads the interfaces. I read something of this in a bug report of
Debian GNU/Linux [1] and tried with the suggestion to do:

# update-initramfs -u

The files seem to be:

# find / | grep bnx

But after boot I have again the same problem.

/etc/initramfs-tools/modules doesn't make reference to some module. I do
not see that in Ubuntu Hardy firmware-bnx2 is a package, although am not
sure either if it is necessary with kernel compiled from the sources.

With it happens the same exactly. Somebody also had this problem
and could solve it somehow? 

Thanks in advance for your reply.


[1] http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=494936
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