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Broadcom Ethernet NIC tg3 Driver

Vendor:Broadcom
Category:Network
License:Driver
OS: Linux
Version: 3.81c
File Size: 1.35 Mb
Release: 26 Oct 2007
Update: 31 Oct 2007
Filename: linux-3.81c.zip
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Brand:Broadcom, Product:Network, Model: NetLink 57xx, NetXtreme 57xx, Driver: 3.81c, OS: Linux. Broadcom NetXtreme/NetLink BCM57xx Ethernet NIC tg3 Driver 3.81c Linux was collected from Broadcom official site for Broadcom Network. In order to ensure the right driver download, Official driver links from Broadcom are listed at first. If the official driver can not be downloaded, a copy of official driver can be provided at local server download.opendrivers.com, download1.opendrivers.com, or dl2.opendrivers.com. Besides, Both the driver developer's home page and driver download and support page be provided as well in my Broadcom page.
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Files in Driver Package
1Server/Linux/Driver/
2Server/Linux/Driver/README.TXT 10.1Kb
3Server/Linux/Driver/tg3-3.81c-1.src.rpm 127.5Kb
4Server/Linux/Driver/tg3-3.81c.tar.gz 160.3Kb
5Server/Linux/Driver/tg3_sup-3.81c.tar.gz 1.1Mb
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Driver Summary
Broadcom NetXtreme/NetLink BCM57xx Ethernet NIC tg3 Driver 3.81c Linux.

The tg3 driver package released by Broadcom is based on the lastest in-kernel tg3 driver with some added compatibility code to make it backwards compatible with most 2.6 kernels and some 2.4 kernels (generally newer than 2.4.24). If you are using the latest upstream kernel from www.kernel.org, you generally do not need to download the tg3 driver package from Broadcom as the latest upstream kernel has the latest tg3 patches.

There are a few minor differences to be aware of if you are migrating from the bcm5700 driver to the tg3 driver. The tg3 driver does not support the Broadcom proprietary load balancing software module known as BASP. The Linux bonding driver and 8021q driver provide similar functionalities and can be used with tg3. BASP will also be discontinued. The tg3 driver also does not support module parameters to configure the device (line speed, flow control, ring sizes, etc) but relies on standard Linux utilities such as ethtool. Other than these differences, the two drivers are very similar in terms of hardware support, robustness, and performance.

Driver Support Models
The driver can be applied to the following product models:
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