Debian Lenny Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/bnx2-09-4.0.5.fw for module bnx2

If you see this message after running aptitude upgrade with a Kernel update:

W: Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/bnx2-09-4.0.5.fw for module bnx2

Do not reboot your server or you will be left without any network. Please edit your apt sources.list file and add the non-free repo. For example it could look like this:

deb lenny main non-free
deb-src lenny main non-free

deb lenny/updates main non-free
deb-src lenny/updates main non-free

Please edit the line for your standard apt server and for to receive possible security updates. Then run

aptitude update

Now we can install the missing firmware for our broadcom network card:

aptitude install firmware-bnx2

Check if the firmware has been installed correctly:

web99:~# ls -lha /lib/firmware/
total 212K
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 112 2010-02-01 12:25 .
drwxr-xr-x 11 root root 4.2K 2010-01-20 15:36 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 104K 2009-08-04 07:00 bnx2-06-4.0.5.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 101K 2009-08-04 07:00 bnx2-09-4.0.5.fw

We need this version bnx2-09-4.0.5.fw which you can see in the reported error message above.

Thats it you can carry on and reboot your server.

One thought on “Debian Lenny Possible missing firmware /lib/firmware/bnx2-09-4.0.5.fw for module bnx2

  1. Fede

    Hi thank you,

    it works resolving DRBL Clonezilla Server (installed on Ubuntu 10.04) broadcom PXE issue on DELL r210 clients.




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