[DRBD-user] DRBD serious locking due to TOE

Ben Clewett ben at roadrunner.uk.com
Fri Dec 14 17:50:37 CET 2007

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Thanks for the advise.

 > - You mention "NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-SX" cards.
 >   2. I believe the chipset identifier you mentioned is wrong, should
 > be "BCM5708S". Whether or not these differ greatly from their copper 

'dmesg' is telling me  it is BCM5708.  I don't know how reliable that is.

Also I am not using SELinux.

My efforts to upgrade the Firmware are going slowly.  HP label my 
'Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-SX' as an 'HP NC373F 1000SX'. 
They offer a tool to take this to version 2.0.9 from 2007-11-03.   But 
the upgrade software tells me I don't have an 'HP NC*' installed, which 
is a little confusing.

When I have worked it out, I will let you know if this has sorted the 

Ben Clewett.

Florian Haas wrote:
> Ben,
> On Friday 14 December 2007 16:09:44 Ben Clewett wrote:
>> Hi Dr J Pelan,
>> My name sake Ben Lavender solved his similar problem by entirely
>> disabling ToE, by removing a form of jumper on the NIC PCB.
>> I am still trying the fix Florian suggested.  However this has made no
>> difference yet.
>> Since I have the same chip set as Ben, all be it on a different NIC, I
>> think this suggests some bug on the NIC card firmware.  (Since DELL
>> actually added a jumper to their NIC to disable ToE, it might suggest
>> they are worried about it's effect on the NIC, despite the drivers used.
>>   But on the from HP version...)
> OK, if you are really suspecting a hardware issue, and before you accidentally 
> run off on an irrelevant tangent, try to establish whether Ben Lavender's 
> issue really applies to you. Maybe he can jump in on this if he's still 
> monitoring the list. A few things that come to mind:
> - Ben mentiones "onboard Broadcom Gigabit Ethernet NICs" in his 
> August/September thread. I don't think he ever mentioned his actual chipset, 
> or even whether he's using the bnx2 or the old tg3 driver.
> - You mention "NetXtreme II BCM5708 1000Base-SX" cards.
>   1. This is a FO card, not a copper interface like Ben's.
>   2. I believe the chipset identifier you mentioned is wrong, should 
> be "BCM5708S". Whether or not these differ greatly from their copper sibling 
> in chipset terms I don't know.
>   3. I know of at least a revision 11 and 12 I've seen of that chipset 
> recently, so find out what revision your hardware is and attempt to correlate 
> with Ben's.
> - Ben's system ran with SELinux enabled, I don't know if yours does.
>> There is a new version of the firmware out there which I have just
>> found, so this must be my next option....
> Possibly, but as I said be warned not to draw premature conclusions from 
> similarities to an earlier issue someone mentioned on this list, whose 
> circumstances may or may not match yours. YMMV. Please share your results.
> Florian

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