FreeBSD 6.0 compat with DL320 G4

William willay at
Fri Jun 30 06:26:48 UTC 2006

Thanks for the email Antony, I'm awaiting delivery of the server so I
might have to order an intel card sharpish. What can I do the
server+fbsd 6.x to prove the lock up?



On 30/06/06, Antony Mawer <fbsd-questions at> wrote:
> On 23/06/2006 6:24 PM, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
> > Out of the box the DL 320 G4 ships with a riser card that has 2 pci express
> > slots.  At least that is what they are supposed to be, we haven't tried
> > them.
> ...
> > If you only do the pci express then the adapter you want is the Intel
> > Pro 1000 PT  either the single port or the dual port, and make sure
> > it is the "server adapter" not the "desktop adapter"  (the models carry
> > the same model number but different descriptions, which is infuriating)
> We ended up in this same situation, and went down the Intel PCI express
> NIC path (Intel Pro/1000PT). Be advised that, at this stage, the driver
> in both 6.0 and 6.1 -RELEASE does not support this card, but support is
> present in 7-CURRENT.
> That being said, with the official Intel driver (v6.0.5, not sure if
> it's released yet), I was able to replace the standard em driver in 6.0,
> build a new kernel, and bring the server up and survive some
> pre-deployment load testing without any hiccups.
> Be aware that while the riser card has two PCI Express slots, one is
> half-height, and the Intel NICs (at least the one we received) are a
> full card.
> The onboard Broadcom NICs weren't worth the PCBs they were printed on in
> terms of stability -- we were seeing the same hard lockups as Ted and
> didn't have the luxury of time to spend fiddling with it!! From what I
> gather from Ted's previous investigations, there's various work-arounds
> in the Linux driver that work around some shortcomings in the hardware
> itself...
> Regards
> Antony

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