TPM could not be initialized - bge0 has disappeared ... WTF ?

Gore Jarold gore_jarold at
Wed Oct 10 14:13:51 PDT 2007

I own a Dell Latitude X1.

I installed FreeBSD 6.2-RELEASE on it.

All is well.  No problems.  Have a nice day.

However, suddenly, when I boot the system, I get a

WARNING: The TPM could not be initialized

I didn't know what TPM was, I didn't care, and I just
booted up.  Not my problem.

Except suddenly I have no network card (!)  bge0 is
just invisible - it is no longer in my system.  As far
as FreeBSD is concerned, it is gone.

So what is going on ?  I checked my BIOS and TPM is
disabled - there is no question that it is disabled.

Why do I suddenly get this error at boot time, when I
did not see it for the first few weeks of running
FreeBSD on the system, and _never_ saw this error in a
year of running Windows ?  I did not change anything,
or touch the BIOS, or do anything.

I don't care about any of this.  I don't have time for
any of this.  Fuck broadcom and their "TPM".

So the bottom line is:  why did this suddenly show up,
and how do I get rid of it ?  I just need my bge0 back...

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