Broadcom bce interface problems

Steve Bertrand steve at
Tue Oct 13 12:40:49 UTC 2009

Brian McCann wrote:
> I'm having problems with the bce interface on a FreeBSD 7.2 install, using
> an IBM BladeCenter HS21 machine.  The machine uses the NetXtreme II card.
>  The really strange thing here is, the switch shows a link, but the card
> shows no carrier in the setup.  It started working for a few seconds at one
> point when I reset the switch (at least, I think that's what I did), and it
> detected 1000BaseSX as the media and showed a status of active, but promptly
> went away.  If I try setting the media type manually, that doesn't appear to
> work.
> Has anyone seen this or have any ideas?

Try forcing the interface to 'up':

# ifconfig bce0 up

If that works, add it to the /etc/rc.conf:

# echo 'ifconfig_bce0="up"' >> /etc/rc.conf


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