Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705M support

Boris Georgiev maav at
Tue Jul 15 14:13:07 PDT 2003

Hi Bill,

Sorry for the previous e-mail, but have in mind that I'm trying to cooperate
by testing your drivers and
I am not aware of the rules for declaring a hardware problem in the mailing
lists. The only way I can send
you the messages from the kernel is if I rewrite them from the console.
Here is the information that you requested:

bge0: <Broadcom BCM5705M Dual Gigabit Ethernet, ASIC rev. 0x3001> mem
0x90000000-0x9000ffff irq 11 at device 14.0 on pci2
bge0: firmware handshake timed out
bge0: RX CPU self-diagnostics failed!
bge0: chip initialization failed
device_probe_and_attach: bge0 attach returned 6

If you need more detailed information, I can send it to you on request.

Boris Georgiev

> Uh....
> First of all, the driver does not load any firmware into the chip.
> Second, you're not supposed to tell me your interpretation of what
> happened: you're supposed to cut&paste the messages into an e-mail
> so that I can see for myself what happened.
> Please show me all of the information that led you to your conclusion
> that this alleged firmware upload failed.
> > It gave me out
> > an timeout message and didn't load the driver at all. I am sorry that at
> > this time I cannot send
> > the exact message from the kernel, but the notbook is at my office, so I
> > will post it
> > tomorrow if the output will help for finding out what the problem is.
> > Best regards,
> Ok, note to all reading this: if I ask for information and you don't
> have the information available, don't bother sending me an e-mail
> just to tell me that you don't have the information available. Wait
> until you do have the information available, and then e-mail me. You'll
> save precious time and electrons.
> -Bill

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