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Solaris Driver (bnx) for Broadcom NetExtreme II Devices Support Matrix

November 2008

Solaris Driver (bnx) for Broadcom NetExtreme II Devices Support Matrix and associated Frequently Asked Questions.

Solaris Driver (bnx) for Broadcom NetExtreme II Devices Support Matrix as of 2008_1008_1450 PST
 
Solaris 10
03/05
Solaris 10
01/06
Solaris 10
06/06
Solaris 10
11/06
Solaris 10
08/07
Solaris 10
05/08
Solaris 10
10/08
Solaris 10 (default)
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
v.3.5.6 supporting 5706, 5708 devices & GLDv2 framework only
v.3.5.6 supporting 5706, 5708 devices & GLDv2 framework only
Brodcom.com
v.3.5.11 supporting 5706, 5708 devices & GLDv2 framework
v.3.5.11 supporting 5706, 5708 devices & GLDv2 framework
v.3.5.11 supporting 5706, 5708 devices & GLDv2 framework
v.3.5.11 supporting 5706, 5708 devices & GLDv2 framework
v.4.4.3 (or newer) supporting 5706, 5708, 5709 devices & GLDv3 framework only
v.4.4.3 (or newer) supporting 5706, 5708, 5709 devices & GLDv3 framework only
v.4.4.3 (or newer) supporting 5706, 5708, 5709 devices & GLDv3 framework only
 
Q:
What is the recommended driver version for my system?
A:
Please check with your hardware vendor for the appropriate version.
Q:
Where does one download the Broadcom drivers?
A:
Download the Broadcom bnx Solaris drivers at the Broadcom NetXtreme II Drivers page.
Q:
What specific devices are covered by the Broadcom drivers in the Solaris OS (default)?
A:
Please check out the Solaris for x86 Device Support Page for this documentation.
Q:
How does one install the Broadcom driver over the Solaris (default) driver?
A:
At Solaris installation one can use a ITU image made available by Broadcom's driver download. One may also remove the existing bnx package after Solaris is installed and pkgadd Broadcom's driver.
Q:
The empty bnx package in the Solaris 10 08/07 OS has issues with ITU. How does one work around this?
A:
Issue a pkgrm of the bnx package prior to using the ITU. A updated ITU image should be made available for download by Broadcom in the near future which addresses this issue.

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