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

James jamesh at
Wed Oct 10 14:32:39 PDT 2007

It's possible it's a hardware issue. Have you got a means to verify the
hardware, such as a knoppix, sitting around?


On Wed, 2007-10-10 at 13:47 -0700, Gore Jarold wrote:

> 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
> message:
> 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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