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 Creating driver for Broadcom 5761 to support Dell system 
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Post Creating driver for Broadcom 5761 to support Dell system
I have a Precision T3500 that uses a Broadcom 5761 network card. This is not supported by ESXi 4 but I was able to get the hypervisor installed by install a Intel 1000/Pro card. Sadly this card is recognized but something is wrong with the card. I have been able to get a Pro100 card to work but really want gigabit support :-)

I have seen a number of post in regards to people that have similar machines that use this chipset trying to use this card but having to purchase another card. After some reading it seems possible to create a driver to provide support for this card since I was able to find the Linux drivers for the card here: http://www.broadcom.com/support/etherne ... 570x-Linux

I've tried following the steps here but did not get far. Does anyone have the setup in which they could generate the correct oem.tgz
http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php
http://www.kernelcrash.com/blog/using-a ... 009/08/22/

Here are steps I've taken so far:
Downloaded: VMware-esx-public-source-4.0-162945.tar.gz
Downloaded: CentOS-5.4-x86_64-netinstall.iso
Downloaded Linux drivers for card: linux-3.99k.zip

Determine the card information for "simple.map" file.
BCM5761 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
Class 0200: 14e4:1681


Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:06 pm
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I as able to follow the steps here: viewtopic.php?p=3616#p3616 and load the tg3.o which in turn I was able to see my Broadcom card.

I next modified the oem.tgz and added a line to the simple.maps for the card:
Code:
14e4:1681 0000:0000 network tg3.o
so now it loads upon boot.

The oem.tgz file I've attached also includes support for a Intel 100/Pro card as that's what I was originally using.


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Tue Mar 09, 2010 7:18 pm
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Thank you for taking the time to post this.

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Wed Mar 10, 2010 10:45 am
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@Dave,

Would you ad Broadcom 5761 to the page here: http://www.vm-help.com/esx40i/customize_oem_tgz.php

Thanks


Fri Mar 12, 2010 9:39 am
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The change has been made now.

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Hello everyone,
I do have the same problems and I tried 2 weeks and I still can't fix it. My computer is Dell Precision 3500 and the NIC is Broadcom 5761. I am trying to install VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.1.0.update1-348481.x86_64.iso.
I know there are tons of material about this in the forum and everybody said it worked like a CHARM! That's also why I keep trying to search and fix it myself but now I kind of give up. I need help.

I've tried so many ways since there are so many and kind of overwhelming. I will say the most 'successful' one I've tried.
I made the usb ESXi from here:
viewtopic.php?f=16&t=4

successfully.
So now I can load the ESXi from the USB, the question is how to install it in the hard drive? Thank you very much. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.

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William


Tue May 10, 2011 10:27 am
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Hi William, just so I'm clear you have ESXi booting from USB and it works fine (i.e. the NIC is recognized). Are you using the oem file from this thread? Did you choose option 3 when building the USB image?

If that's worked then you should be able to use the same process to build a USB image that can install ESXi - that would be option 2.

When you have ESXi boot, are you able to configure local storage as a datastore?

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Hello Dave,
thanks for the quick response. Yes , the NIC is recognized, I got the IP from DHCP. I put two NICs including the Intel Pro 100 (if I remember correctly), that original iso cannot recognize any one of them. Now both are recognized.

I use the oem file from this thread. I choose 2 and 3 to make usb and both work. I am using 2 now.


When I have ESXi boot, I can get in the yellow config screen to do some basic operation like a normal ESXi. Basically it's running on a USB drive without any problems. Now I should try to install the ESXi in the hard disk.

What do you mean by 'configure local storage as a datastore'?

Do you mean configure from the vSphere and change the local storage as a datastore' ? If so , I just successfully did that. It said something like I dont have persistent driver and recommends me to do it. I then choose one hard drive to be the local storage. Please tell me what I should do next. Thank you!


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