Why Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 fails to initialize NetXen NIC after NIC firmware upgrade to 4.0.588 ?

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Issue

  • Why Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 fails to initialize NetXen NIC after NIC firmware upgrade to 4.0.588 ?

Following message is noticed in dmesg

PCI: Setting latency timer of device 0000:04:00.0 to 64
netxen_nic 0000:04:00.0: 2MB memory map
netxen_nic 0000:04:00.0: loading firmware from flash
netxen_nic 0000:04:00.0: Gen2 strapping detected
netxen_nic 0000:04:00.0: firmware init failed
ACPI: PCI interrupt for device 0000:04:00.0 disabled
netxen_nic: probe of 0000:04:00.0 failed with error -5

Environment

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 update 8
  • NetXen Incorporated NX3031 Multifunction 1/10-Gigabit Server Adapter (rev 42)
  • kernel 2.6.18-308.4.1.el5
  • Firmware 4.0.588

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