Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 83565
bcm5700 driver support dropped/tg3 driver continues to crash on kernel-smp-2.4.18-24.x
Last modified: 2005-10-31 17:00:50 EST
Description of problem:
So far at least two people have reported the following:
1)The tg3 driver in Red Hat errata kernel-smp-2.4.18-24.7.x
(https://rhn.redhat.com/errata/RHSA-2003-025.html)continues to crash the system
within a few hours
2) The workaround driver 'bcm5700.o' has been left out from the kernel.
This is very very bad and unacceptable. The support for a bcm5700 driver
*cannot* be dropped in an errata cycle especially when the default tg3 driver
is still susupect.
I am posting the two messages that confirm what I have said above.
------- Additional Comment #55 From firstname.lastname@example.org on 2003-02-05 09:14 --
I can confirm that the latest production released Redhat kernel 2.4.18-24.7.xsmp
does not fix the problem. My PE2650 crashed in the usual manner after about 5
hours of normal (minimal) activity.
I am concerned that the bcm5700 modules (the only work around) do not exist in
/lib/modules for this new kernel - it would appear that they have been
deprecated. This is unacceptable to me as my machine has run for two months on
these modules perfectly fine. Hence I cannot run the latest kernel and have had
to revert my machine to the 2.4.18-18.7.xsmp kernel with the bcm5700 kernel
I also have a call (ref #222224) logged with Redhat's Patrick Ernzer
(email@example.com) who is working with Dell UK on trying resolve this issue
for me for the last 4 months.
I will also submit this report to bug #79997 on bugzilla.redhat.com as I am not
sure which bug I am actually suffering from.
From: Mansell, Gary [mailto:GRMansell@ricardo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, February 05, 2003 9:27 AM
Subject: tg3 problems and the latest erata kernel.....
Don't get too excited about the new Redhat erata kernel (2.4.18-24.7.xsmp)
fixing your tg3 issues !!
I have been experiencing problems with the tg3 module for about 6 months and
have been sucessfully running with the bcm5700 module for the last two months
whilst waiting for a working fix to be released. Believe me, I have tried many
The new kernel crashed in the usual manner after about 5 hours on my PE2650
with 2x2.4 Ghz Zeon processors. The machine was under a minimal load for this
time - NFS fileserving to about a dozen UNIX boxes.
I am also concerned to see that the bcm5700 module has been removed
from /lib/modules for this new kernel (have they been deprecated?). This means
that I cannot run this new kernel with the bcm5700 module and hence I have had
to go back to my stable solution: 2.4.18-18.7.xsmp with the bcm5700 module.
Does anyone know why the bcm5700 module has been removed from /lib/modules when
Redhat know that the use of the bcm5700 module is the only work around for the
Senior Technical Analyst
Ricardo Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1.Install RH 7.3 stock on a system with Broadcom gig-e NIC
2.Upgrade to the 2.4.18-24.7.x.smp kernel
3.Run low to medium network load
Server crashed in approx 5 hours
No crash expected.
I have the same problem with Compaq Proliant ML370 (I think it has the same
chipset), and I'm waiting for the solution.
I confirm that starting with the November kernel update 2.4.18-18
and the automatic switch to tg3 I have had random crashes within a few hours
on several Dell 2650 servers in various configurations. These all run fully
updated redhat 7.3 installations. The latest Dell 2650 with redhat 8.0
pre-installed also crashes within 2-3 hours -- unmodified and as delivered by Dell!
switching to bcm5700 instead of tg3 solves this and leads to 100+ days of uptime
the 2.4.18-24 kernel is no different, and the servers froze within hours
reverting to 2.4.18-19 and changing /etc/modules.conf to use bcm5700
gives stable operation.
Dido problem here; RH 7.3 on a ASUS board with dual 1.5 mp athlon's, though we
stay up of a few days to a week before crashing. I tried to compile
.txt but it bombed. Roll back to kernel 126.96.36.199xsmp appears to be the only
solution for now. At least tg3 should not load for a bcm5700 nic!
Fixed in kernel 2.4.18-26 released via RHN yesterday. Closing.
Please open a new bug if this kernel does not solve your problems.