Re: Suse Enterprise Server - NIC Problems
From: Brian (nospam_at_my-local.net)
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2004 01:19:56 +0000
On Mon, 02 Feb 2004 16:49:43 -0800, David Thomas wrote:
> I'm trying to install Suse Enterprise Server 8.0 on an HP DL140 server
> and cannot seem to get a working network card installed .....
> The server came with 2 integrated Broadcom Gigabit nic's which YaST
> recognized and appeared to configure with no problem. I cannot see
> any traffic in or out of the cards, however. At boot time I get a
> message that the 'link is down'. I have verified the network cable
> connections and they are good. I got what appear to be the latest
> drivers (bcm5700 2.6.17) and after upgrading the kernel I was able to
> install them. It made no difference, however. The cards appear to be
> fine except linux doesn't see the link and there is no traffic in or
For what it's worth, my Asus motherboard has this NIC on-board and it
works fine with SuSE 8.2 Pro/kernel 2.4.20 but ONLY after I'd added
acpi=off as a kernel boot parameter. Until then the NIC was deaf & dumb
to all traffic ("link down" messages logged here too), despite being
correctly detected and set up during installation.
SuSE 9.0 PRo worked on the same hardware right out the box with no
problems, and both installations used the default bcm5700 module provided
with the distribution.
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