Why does the Broadcom NetXtreme 5709 NIC stop receiving packets intermittently on RHEL 5.3 and newer?

Updated 2014-12-12T13:20:54+00:00


  • In certain situations under heavy loads, the network interface card can stop accepting packets from remote devices.
  • This problem has been reported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 (RHEL 5.3) and newer when using a Broadcom NetXtreme 5709 network interface card.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 to 5.5

  • Network Interface Cards (NIC) using the bnx2 driver including:

    • Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM5709S Gigabit Ethernet

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