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 bnx2 firmware unloadable w/pxe boot (w/workaround) 
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Post bnx2 firmware unloadable w/pxe boot (w/workaround)
My initial symptom was hitting the bnx2 module probe and a long hang, followed by a failure to detect any ethernet ports.

My workaround was to put the bnx2 firmware into initram.igz and then tweak /sbin/init to have

Just before
good_msg "Loading the disk and network drivers required to boot..."

because actual firmware loading needs hotplug, which depends on mdev, which depends on sysfs.

This is based on the 1.3.1 release.

My general pxeboot setup is to copy the cd contents into a sysrcd subdirectory of the tftpserver and invoke individual pieces like this:
label netboot64
  kernel sysrcd/isolinux/rescue64
  append initrd=sysrcd/isolinux/initram-bnx2.igz netboot=tftp:[email protected]/pxelinux/sysrcd/sysrcd.dat console=tty0 udev

23 Oct 2009, 01:50
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Post Re: bnx2 firmware unloadable w/pxe boot (w/workaround)
Thanks for having reported this issue.

In the next release, this driver will be compiled in the kernel-image with the firmware, it should fix that problem.

Documentation about that problem:

24 Oct 2009, 16:17
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