[K12OSN] Still foiled by Broadcom 5751s in PXE mode
tlegge at rogers.com
Thu Jul 28 02:16:17 UTC 2005
Trae Elmore wrote:
> The clients in my Dell Precision 370 lab still aren't booting properly. They are booting in PXE mode. They pull an address and begin to load the client kernel, however the th3 module isn't inserting properly and the result is a kernel panic.
The tg3 based NICs are crap. I may be a little unkind but I have been
to the source more times than I would like and and it really looks like
a chip that was rushed to market and each new revision is desparately
trying to correct past mistakes.
If the Dell's are relatively new then you will probably need to actually
use the broadcom driver direct from broadcom.com. Ordinarily that would
be a simple kernel recompile but recent versions of LTSP require the
Your best bet is to try to identify which linux kernel version (if any)
support your tg3. Then determine whether that kernel version can be
used with LTSP (talk to Jim M of the ltsp.org project).
If the card is only supported by the Broadcom driver you need someone
willing to go into the source and create a patch against the current
Your best bet might be www.vfxweb.com where a 3c905C (PXE on the card)
is $8.82 USD.
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