Alteon AceNIC Tigon I/II Ethernet controllers
This page describes how to enable support for AceNIC Ethernet controllers on Debian systems.
acenic is a driver for Alteon AceNIC Tigon I and II gigabit Ethernet controllers, included in the mainline Linux kernel. Supported devices are listed at the end of this page.
In linux-2.6 2.6.23-1, the binary-only firmware for this driver was removed (see the package changelog), due to discovered firmware licensing issues. The driver was disabled at this time. It was re-enabled in linux-2.6 2.6.26-1 when the request_firmware patch was applied.1 Device firmware is not packaged (517627).
Broadcom Tigon3 Ethernet controllers are supported by the in-tree tg3 driver.
Firmware is required for device operation:
Install the git package:
# apt-get install git && exit
Acquire the AceNIC Tigon firmware from the linux-firmware GIT tree:
$ git clone git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/firmware/linux-firmware.git
Install the firmware:
$ su # mkdir -p /usr/local/lib/firmware/acenic # cp linux-firmware/acenic/* /usr/local/lib/firmware/acenic
Reload the acenic driver:
# modprobe -r acenic ; modprobe acenic
Configure your network interface, see NetworkConfiguration.
The page HowToIdentifyADevice/PCI explains how to identify a PCI device.
The following list is based on the alias fields of modinfo acenic in Debian 3.2.0 (3.2.41-2) kernel images.
PCI: 1011:001A Digital Equipment Corporation Farallon PN9000SX Gigabit Ethernet PCI: 10A9:0009 Silicon Graphics Intl. Corp. AceNIC Gigabit Ethernet PCI: 10B7:0001 3Com Corporation 3c985 1000BaseSX (SX/TX) PCI: 12AE:0001 Alteon Networks Inc. AceNIC Gigabit Ethernet PCI: 12AE:0002 Alteon Networks Inc. AceNIC Gigabit Ethernet (Copper) PCI: 12AE:00FA Alteon Networks Inc. Farallon PN9100-T Gigabit Ethernet PCI: 1385:620A Netgear GA620 Gigabit Ethernet PCI: 1385:630A Netgear GA630 Gigabit Ethernet