lenny rc1 and bnx2

Some time ago reader Max commented on using package firmware-bnx2 when having problems with lenny and bnx2 NICs.

On Friday I was installing lenny RC1 on a Dell server that has such interfaces. Conviniently the RC1 (as opposed to the beta 1) installer stopped and requested the network card’s firmware if it was available. I placed the firmware in a USB stick, plugged it in on the server, let the installer locate it on the stick and the installation continued like a charm. Here are the needed steps:

  1. On a working lenny machine change your /etc/apt/sources.list to include the non-free repository. For example:

    deb http://ftp.gr.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free
    deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free

  2. As root run apt-get install firmware-bnx2 and then
  3. copy /lib/firmware/bnx2-* to the USB stick.

Now you can happily continue your installation and spread the Debian virus.


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