Bug 4027 - included module b44.o doesn't work with Broadcom 4401 NIC
Summary: included module b44.o doesn't work with Broadcom 4401 NIC
Alias: None
Product: Sisyphus
Classification: Development
Component: kernel-image-std26-up (show other bugs)
Version: unstable
Hardware: all Linux
: P2 normal
Assignee: Sergey Vlasov
QA Contact: qa-sisyphus
Depends on:
Reported: 2004-04-23 16:40 MSD by Andrej Bazovkin
Modified: 2006-12-17 17:00 MSK (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Andrej Bazovkin 2004-04-23 16:40:30 MSD
The module b44.o included with kernels both 2.4.x and 2.6.x series doesn't work
correctly with Broadcom 4401-based NICs. Module is loaded correctly, and
everything looks fine, but the LINK IS ALWAYS DOWN. The only solution I found is
to compile new driver module from sources provided by Broadcom. It's stated in
their release history that this bug took place and they fixed it. 
I could compile my own module for all 2.4.22-2.4.25 kernels, but failed to do
this for 2.6.5-alt1 kernel: it requires .config file, which is not included with
kernel sources.

Steps to Reproduce:
1. take system without any NIC other than Broadcom 4401-based
2. check your network connectivity 
3. If any other NIC is present in this system the problem may disappear
Actual Results:  
you find that your link is down though the module for NIC is installed correctly

Expected Results:  
I expect the link to be UP ;)
Comment 1 Andrej Bazovkin 2004-04-23 16:58:12 MSD
Updated Broadcom driver sources can be found here:
Comment 2 Anton Farygin 2005-06-20 19:17:43 MSD
reassign to new mantainer
Comment 3 Michael Shigorin 2006-09-28 01:08:00 MSD
Косвенно судя по
http://lists.altlinux.org/pipermail/community/2006-May/179323.html --
kernel-image-std26-2.6.12 из Compact 3.0 это уже не касалось.

Судя по http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/faq_drivers.php#tg3 -- с
2.6.16 волноваться должно быть не о чем...
Comment 4 Michael Shigorin 2006-10-02 15:38:21 MSD
Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5721 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express c
tg3 на 2.6.16 из Sisyphus работает. Именно 4401 в наличии нет :(

Eugene Prokopiev (prokopiev stc donpac ru)
Comment 5 Michael Shigorin 2006-12-17 17:00:24 MSK
Тем временем приехало уже и .18.

Если кому надо будет -- повесят новую, раз не получается проверить на текущих
ядрах и судя по #3.