Debian: Squeeze cannot load Broadcom LAN drivers bnx2/bnx2-mips-09-5.0.0.j3.fw

You may run into a window asking you to provide the bnx2/bnx2-mips-09-5.0.0.j3.fw package to continue installation. Don’t freak out, visit this link and download the deb package from a mirror. Copy the package to a USB drive AND DO NOT EXTRACT THE .FW FILES, COPY THE DEB PACKAGE ONLY. INSTALL WILL EXTRACT WHAT IT NEEDS ACCORDINGLY and then click continue.

14 thoughts on “Debian: Squeeze cannot load Broadcom LAN drivers bnx2/bnx2-mips-09-5.0.0.j3.fw

  1. Lenny says:

    You can create your own initrd with the included firmware files
    1)extract initrd image
    mkdir /tmp/initrd
    zcat /boot/initrd.gz | cpio –extract –preserve –verbose
    2) download and extract archive as above plus
    ar x firmware-bnx2_0.28+squeeze1_all.deb
    cd /tmp/initrd
    tar -zxvf ../data/tar.gz
    3) create new init image with bnx2 firmware
    find . | cpio –create –‘format=newc’ | gzip > /tftpboot/debian-installer/amd64/initrd-bnx2.gz

    can then do a net install

  2. Liviu says:

    Doesn’t work for me I try to install debian 6 on a dell proliant 2950. I need to have that debian 6 32 bit cause that are the only one who work fine with apache and zimbra.

    Can some one help me?

  3. Liviu says:

    Hi Ali,

    Have you tried to install !?!?!
    As you mentioned for sime tine ago.
    For me still doesn’t work 🙁

    Maybe some who has an ideea.

    • That should work I don’t have a 2950 to test anymore. But why are you trying to install Squeeze anyway? Any reason why you don’t want the latest stable?

  4. Liviu says:

    Hi Ali,

    Thank you for your answer.
    The thing is like that I’m using zimbra as mail server and I want to have also Apache on, now for the latest version of Zimbra that one isn’t functional with the apache on the same server. They have ports conflict.
    For the Debian 6.0 I’ve a stable version of zimbra which is working with the apache in the same server, therefore I want to reinstall the Debian6.0.

  5. Liviu says:

    Hi Ali,

    Thank you for your answer.

    From those three methods I can handle by my self the first which doesn’t work. If you can tell me where I can find a wiki for the second or third methods should be great.

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