bce(4) BCM5907 CTX write errors on 7.2 driver

Miroslav Lachman 000.fbsd at quip.cz
Wed Nov 11 16:38:57 UTC 2009

Tom Judge wrote:
> Tom Judge wrote:
>> David Christensen wrote:
>>>>> The next test is to diable the LOM's management firmware
>>>> but boot to
>>>>> an active network.
> After disabling the management firmware and doing 1 cold reboot and 3
> warms all worked correctly.
> After re enabling the firmware and doing 1 cold reboot and 3 warms, the
> cold works correctly and the warms all failed.
> Tom
>>>>> Finally, the routine bce_print_adapter_info() in HEAD
>>>> prints out both
>>>>> the bootcode and management firmware versions. If you can
>>>> get those
>>>>> same changes into your release I'd like to see the versions
>>>> reported
>>>>> on your system.
>>>> Here is the info from a boot of 8.0 RC2.
>>>> ASIC: 0x57092003
>>>> B/C: 5.0.6
>>>> Rev: C0
>>>> Bus: PCIe x4, 2.5Gb/s
>>>> Flags: MSI|MFW
>>>> MFW: NCS 2.0.3
>>>> And looking at this it seems dells update CD was not up to date
>>>> enough and I only got 5.0.6 firmware not 5.0.9.
>>> The package version and the bootcode version are similar but
>>> they are not the same. The bootcode you have (v5.0.6) is
>>> sufficient to fix the problem.
>> Ok just checked in the life cycle manager and it has 5.0.9 installed
>> my bad.
>> Running the other test now.

we have two new Dell R610 machines with four bce NICs (only bce0 is 
connected at this time). I tried cold (power cycle in iDRAC) and warm 
reboot (shutdown -r now), NIC is working on every reboot, but I am still 
seeing messages:

bce0: /usr/src/sys/dev/bce/if_bce.c(1525): PHY write timeout!
bce0: /usr/src/sys/dev/bce/if_bce.c(1525): PHY write timeout!
bce0: link state changed to UP

This is on FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p4 amd64

I also see "PHY write timeout" on shutdown time for each NIC.

Other than the log messages, I see no problems with bce NIC, but I have 
not tested it with any high load.

I did not upgraded FW or anything else.

What can I do to help with solving this issue?

Miroslav Lachman

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