dell broadcom nic & fbsd 7.1 AMD64

Dean Weimer dweimer at
Tue May 19 12:59:38 UTC 2009

Have you tried the bge drivers instead of bce?  I have a Dell PowerEdge 2650 running 7.1 and it is using the bge drivers with no problems, though it is the running i386 and not amd64.

     Dean Weimer
     Network Administrator
     Orscheln Management Co

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Date: Tue, 19 May 2009 06:06:26 -0500
From: Len Conrad <LConrad at>
Subject: RE: dell broadcom nic & fbsd 7.1 AMD64
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>> ifconfig_bce0="inet netmask"
>>>and output from:
>>>   dhclient bc0
>> I ran that on a local machine and it hung up the interface, requiring a warm reboot.
>> I'll see what happens with my client's machine.
>I assume you substituted the correct interface name? (bce0 in place of bc0)

yes, sorry, bc was my mistake, rc.conf has/always had

ifconfig_bce0="inet netmask"

We are thinking about dropping back to 7.1 i386 (and losing the 600 MB RAM) or up to 7.2.

We have several Dell 1950/2950 with fbsd 7.0 and 7.1 that have had no problems with Broadcom.


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