Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705M support

Boris Georgiev maav at
Wed Jul 16 19:39:15 PDT 2003

Hi Bill,

I tested the driver with the new patch and everything works fine now. Thank
you for
your quick response. If you need more testing of this NIC, I can always

Boris Georgiev

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "william paul" <wpaul at>
To: "Boris Georgiev" <maav at>
Cc: <freebsd-net at>; <ken at>; <freebsd-hackers at>;
<freebsd-current at>
Sent: Wednesday, July 16, 2003 3:00 AM
Subject: Re: Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705M support

> Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, Boris Georgiev
> had to walk into mine and say:
> > Hi Bill,
> >
> > Sorry for the previous e-mail, but have in mind that I'm trying to
> > by testing your drivers and
> > I am not aware of the rules for declaring a hardware problem in the
> > lists. The only way I can send
> > you the messages from the kernel is if I rewrite them from the console.
> I know that. But that's a small price to pay for free driver development.
> > 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.
> Ok, the firmware handshake does not really load any firmware. This just
> checks that the firmware on the NIC has responded to a reset and is back
> up and running. The error here is due to the fact that the firmware
> initialization seems to take longer on the 5705, so the timeout has to
> be increased.
> Thanks for a couple of other people, I have made changes to deal with
> this. Please download the latest driver code from the same URL
> ( This should fix the
> problem with the timeout, as well as a few other things.

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