Intel 82598EB CX4 "no carrier"



  • We have an Intel 82598EB CX4 10gbe card. This card loads fine in FREENAS 8 (also freebsd based) and Windows 2008. In PFSENSE 2.0.1-RELEASE (amd64)
    built on Mon Dec 12 18:16:13 EST 2011  the card gets a link light and so does the switch. Unfortunately the card will not come up and I always get  "no carrier"

    Output from pciconf -lv
    ix0@pci0:5:0:0: class=0x020000 card=0xaf8015d9 chip=0x10dd8086 rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
        class      = network
        subclass  = ethernet
    ix1@pci0:5:0:1: class=0x020000 card=0xaf8015d9 chip=0x10dd8086 rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
        class      = network
        subclass  = ethernet

    Output from ifconfig
    ix0: flags=8802 <broadcast,simplex,multicast>metric 0 mtu 1500
    options=5bb <rxcsum,txcsum,vlan_mtu,vlan_hwtagging,jumbo_mtu,vlan_hwcsum,tso4,lro>ether 00:25:90:65:e0:34
    media: Ethernet autoselect
    status: no carrier

    Have tried adjusting kern.ipc.nmbclusters as recommended in other threads but that has no effect.

    Anyone have any ideas?</rxcsum,txcsum,vlan_mtu,vlan_hwtagging,jumbo_mtu,vlan_hwcsum,tso4,lro></broadcast,simplex,multicast>



  • pfSense 2.0.1-RELEASE is based on FreeBSD 8.1. I suggest you try a snapshot build of pfSense 2.1 which is based on FreeBSD 8.3 and therefore has more up to date drivers than pfSense 2.0.1



  • Update: There was another NIC in the machine which had failed and was preventing the 10GBE card from being recognized. All is normal now.



  • Hello fannet,

    I've had the same issue with the same card ( http://forum.pfsense.org/index.php/topic,31590.0.html ) but never managed to get it to work but it was 2 years ago.

    What did you do to solve the issue ?

    Best,



  • It was detected during install after the conflicting NIC was removed.


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