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Date:   Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:31:17 +0200
From:   Paul Menzel <pmenzel@...gen.mpg.de>
To:     Rick Jones <rick.jones2@....com>,
        Sony Chacko <sony.chacko@...gic.com>,
        Dept-HSGLinuxNICDev@...gic.com
Cc:     netdev@...r.kernel.org, Baoquan He <bhe@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: [bnx2] [Regression 4.8] Driver loading fails without firmware

Dear Rick,


On 10/25/16 17:24, Rick Jones wrote:
> On 10/25/2016 07:33 AM, Paul Menzel wrote:

>> A server with the Broadcom devices below, fails to load the drivers
>> because of missing firmware.
>
> I have run into the same sort of issue from time to time when going to a
> newer kernel.  A newer version of the driver wants a newer version of
> the firmware.  Usually, finding a package "out there" with the newer
> version of the firmware, and installing it onto the system is sufficient.

To my knowledge, the firmware files haven’t changed since years [1].


Kind regards,

Paul


[1] 
https://git.kernel.org/cgit/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git/tree/bnx2

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