Broadcom bnxt_en fails probe with "(unregistered net_device) (uninitialized): Error timeout:"

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Issue

  • Broadcom NetXtreme-E 10 Gbps device using bnxt_en driver will not load and fails driver probe, messages are logged like:
bnxt_en 0000:18:00.0 (unregistered net_device) (uninitialized): Error (timeout: 2000015) msg {0x11 0x1} len:0
bnxt_en: probe of 0000:18:00.0 failed with error -1
bnxt_en 0000:18:00.1 (unregistered net_device) (uninitialized): Error (timeout: 500015) msg {0x0 0x0} len:0
bnxt_en: probe of 0000:18:00.1 failed with error -1

pci 0000:18:00.0: VPD access failed. This is likely a firmware bug on this device. Contact the card vendor for a firmware update
pci 0000:18:00.1: VPD access failed. This is likely a firmware bug on this device. Contact the card vendor for a firmware update

Environment

  • RHEL 7.9 with kernel-3.10.0-1160.el7 series
  • Broadcom NetXtreme-E 10 GbE network interface using bnxt_en driver

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