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NAME

     bge — Broadcom BCM57xx/BCM590x Gigabit/Fast Ethernet driver

SYNOPSIS

     To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel
     configuration file:

           device miibus
           device bge

     Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in
     loader.conf(5):

           if_bge_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

     The bge driver provides support for various NICs based on the Broadcom BCM570x, 571x, 572x,
     575x, 576x, 578x, 5776x and 5778x Gigabit Ethernet controller chips and the 590x and 5779x
     Fast Ethernet controller chips.

     All of these NICs are capable of 10, 100 and 1000Mbps speeds over CAT5 copper cable, except
     for the SysKonnect SK-9D41 which supports only 1000Mbps over multimode fiber.  The BCM570x
     builds upon the technology of the Alteon Tigon II.  It has two R4000 CPU cores and is PCI
     v2.2 and PCI-X v1.0 compliant.  It supports IP, TCP and UDP checksum offload for both
     receive and transmit, multiple RX and TX DMA rings for QoS applications, rules-based receive
     filtering, and VLAN tag stripping/insertion as well as a 256-bit multicast hash filter.
     Additional features may be provided via value-add firmware updates.  The BCM570x supports
     TBI (ten bit interface) and GMII transceivers, which means it can be used with either copper
     or 1000baseX fiber applications.  Note however the device only supports a single speed in
     TBI mode.

     Most BCM5700-based cards also use the Broadcom BCM5401 or BCM5411 10/100/1000 copper gigabit
     transceivers, which support autonegotiation of 10, 100 and 1000Mbps modes in full or half
     duplex.

     The BCM5700, BCM5701, BCM5702, BCM5703, BCM5704, BCM5714, BCM5717, BCM5719, BCM5720, BCM5780
     and BCM57765 also support jumbo frames, which can be configured via the interface MTU
     setting.  Selecting an MTU larger than 1500 bytes with the ifconfig(8) utility configures
     the adapter to receive and transmit jumbo frames.  Using jumbo frames can greatly improve
     performance for certain tasks, such as file transfers and data streaming.

     The bge driver supports the following media types:

     autoselect   Enable autoselection of the media type and options.  The user can manually
                  override the autoselected mode by adding media options to rc.conf(5).

     10baseT/UTP  Set 10Mbps operation.  The ifconfig(8) mediaopt option can also be used to
                  select either full-duplex or half-duplex modes.

     100baseTX    Set 100Mbps (Fast Ethernet) operation.  The ifconfig(8) mediaopt option can
                  also be used to select either full-duplex or half-duplex modes.

     1000baseTX   Set 1000baseTX operation over twisted pair.  Only full-duplex mode is
                  supported.

     1000baseSX   Set 1000Mbps (Gigabit Ethernet) operation.  Both full-duplex and half-duplex
                  modes are supported.

     The bge driver supports the following media options:

     full-duplex  Force full duplex operation.

     half-duplex  Force half duplex operation.

     For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

HARDWARE

     The bge driver provides support for various NICs based on the Broadcom BCM570x family of
     Gigabit Ethernet controller chips, including the following:

     ·   3Com 3c996-SX (1000baseSX)
     ·   3Com 3c996-T (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   Dell PowerEdge 1750 integrated BCM5704C NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   Dell PowerEdge 2550 integrated BCM5700 NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   Dell PowerEdge 2650 integrated BCM5703 NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   Dell PowerEdge R200 integrated BCM5750 NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   Dell PowerEdge R300 integrated BCM5722 NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   IBM x235 server integrated BCM5703x NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   HP Compaq dc7600 integrated BCM5752 NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   HP ProLiant NC7760 embedded Gigabit NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   HP ProLiant NC7770 PCI-X Gigabit NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   HP ProLiant NC7771 PCI-X Gigabit NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   HP ProLiant NC7781 embedded PCI-X Gigabit NIC (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   Netgear GA302T (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   SysKonnect SK-9D21 (10/100/1000baseTX)
     ·   SysKonnect SK-9D41 (1000baseSX)

LOADER TUNABLES

     The following tunables can be set at the loader(8) prompt before booting the kernel, or
     stored in loader.conf(5).

     hw.bge.allow_asf
             Allow the ASF feature for cooperating with IPMI.  Can cause system lockup problems
             on a small number of systems.  Enabled by default.

     dev.bge.%d.msi
             Non-zero value enables MSI support on the Ethernet hardware.  The default value is
             1.

SYSCTL VARIABLES

     The following variables are available as both sysctl(8) variables and loader(8) tunables:

     dev.bge.%d.forced_collapse
             Allow collapsing multiple transmit buffers into a single buffer to increase transmit
             performance with the cost of CPU cycles.  The default value is 0 to disable transmit
             buffer collapsing.

     dev.bge.%d.forced_udpcsum
             Enable UDP transmit checksum offloading even if controller can generate UDP
             datagrams with checksum value 0.  UDP datagrams with checksum value 0 can confuse
             receiver host as it means sender did not compute UDP checksum.  The default value is
             0 which disables UDP transmit checksum offloading.  The interface need to be brought
             down and up again before a change takes effect.

DIAGNOSTICS

     bge%d: couldn't map memory  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

     bge%d: couldn't map ports  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

     bge%d: couldn't map interrupt  A fatal initialization error has occurred.

     bge%d: no memory for softc struct!  The driver failed to allocate memory for per-device
     instance information during initialization.

     bge%d: failed to enable memory mapping!  The driver failed to initialize PCI shared memory
     mapping.  This might happen if the card is not in a bus-master slot.

     bge%d: no memory for jumbo buffers!  The driver failed to allocate memory for jumbo frames
     during initialization.

     bge%d: watchdog timeout  The device has stopped responding to the network, or there is a
     problem with the network connection (cable).

SEE ALSO

     altq(4), arp(4), miibus(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), polling(4), vlan(4), ifconfig(8)

HISTORY

     The bge device driver first appeared in FreeBSD 4.5.

AUTHORS

     The bge driver was written by Bill Paul <wpaul@windriver.com>.