MRG Realtime kernel is unable to load bnx2x firmware

Solution Verified - Updated -


  • Firmware bnx2x-e2- not found for kernel-rt-3.10.0-514.rt56.215.el6rt.noarch. No interface will be started.
  • After upgrading the kernel-rt package the system is unable to initialize the Broadcom NetXtreme II network cards
  • Messages are seen as follows:
bnx2x: [bnx2x_init_firmware:13447(eth0)]Can't load firmware file bnx2x/bnx2x-e2-
bnx2x: [bnx2x_func_hw_init:5785(eth0)]Error loading firmware
bnx2x: [bnx2x_nic_load:2727(eth0)]HW init failed, aborting


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6
  • Red Hat MRG Realtime 2.5
  • kernel-rt-3.10.0-514.rt56 kernel series
  • Broadcom/QLogic NetXtreme II NIC using bnx2x driver

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