> Anyone have any experiences with the HP NC7771 NICs? We will be
> implementing a few HP DL380 G3 servers that have these onboard.
> So far, the kernel tg3 driver seems to be ok with the Broadcom chipset,
> but when talking with HP on a different matter the other day, one of their
> techs mentioned that the tg3 driver could lock up the NIC and recommended
> using the bcm5700 driver supplied on their site.
> I'm going to build both and run some tests, but am looking for any
> personal experiences with either or both drivers.
I have deployed many G2 and the newer G3 servers (the latter with
the broadcom). I installed the latest bcm5700. There are several
problems otherwise. The lock up one, I have not experienced, however,
the MAC address going to all 00:00:00's I have experienced (same
thing?). It's simple module to build and deploy though. I pulled mine
off of broadcom's website. Now I do have some SLES8 boxes with the
latest maintenance, and I believe that includes a new enough copy of
the bcm5700 driver... so no problem there. But I do install
the driver manually on my RH AS 2.1 boxes.
The tg3 driver does seem to work ok and as long as you don't
get the all 0's MAC problem, it's useful to prime the pump so
to speak so you can get a working bcm5700 module installed using the