Problems with BCE network adapter (Dell PE2950)

Tom Judge tom at
Thu Jun 7 13:54:35 UTC 2007


I am seeing some problems with one of my Dell PowerEdge 2950's (running 
RELENG_6_2) on board bce NICs.  The interface seems to crash with the 
following errors, to which the fix seems to be and "ifconfig bce0 down; 
ifconfig bce0 up":

Jun  7 12:20:29 gonzo kernel: bce0: discard frame w/o leading ethernet 
header (len 4294967292 pkt len 4294967292)
Jun  7 12:20:29 gonzo last message repeated 54 times
Jun  7 12:20:58 gonzo kernel: nfs server nfs-server:/usr/home: not 

Is this a know problem? If so is there a solution?


#uname -a
FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE #10: Thu Apr 
  5 10:53:39 BST 2007 
root at amd64 amd64 Intel(R) 
Xeon(R) CPU 5160  @ 3.00GHz FreeBSD

## dmesg.boot snippet
bce0: <Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-T (B2), v0.9.6> mem 
0xf4000000-0xf5ffffff irq 16 at device 0.0 on pci9
bce0: ASIC ID 0x57081020; Revision (B2); PCI-X 64-bit 133MHz
miibus0: <MII bus> on bce0
brgphy0: <BCM5708C 10/100/1000baseTX PHY> on miibus0
brgphy0:  10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, 1000baseTX, 
1000baseTX-FDX, auto
bce0: Ethernet address: 00:18:8b:88:d8:81

## pciconf -lv snippet
bce0 at pci9:0:0:  class=0x020000 card=0x01b21028 chip=0x164c14e4 rev=0x12 
     vendor   = 'Broadcom Corporation'
     class    = network
     subclass = ethernet

#ifconfig bce0
         inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
         inet netmask 0xffffffff broadcast
         inet netmask 0xffffffff broadcast
         ether 00:18:8b:88:d8:81
         media: Ethernet autoselect (1000baseTX <full-duplex>)
         status: active

#Switch port counters
console# show interfaces counters ethernet g10
       Port        InOctets  InUcastPkts InMcastPkts InBcastPkts
---------------- ---------- ----------- ----------- -----------
       g10        2615415297  87563987        0         13480

       Port       OutOctets  OutUcastPkts OutMcastPkts OutBcastPkts
---------------- ---------- ------------ ------------ ------------
       g10        2535595313  136391705     10740316     1420686

FCS Errors: 0
Single Collision Frames: 0
Late Collisions: 0
Excessive Collisions: 0
Internal MAC Tx Errors: 0
Oversize Packets: 0
Internal MAC Rx Errors: 0
Received Pause Frames: 0
Transmitted Pause Frames: 0

More information about the freebsd-net mailing list