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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).

{i} Broadcom Tigon3 Ethernet controllers are supported by the in-tree tg3 driver.


Firmware is required for device operation:

  1. Install the git package:

    # apt-get install git && exit
  2. Acquire the AceNIC Tigon firmware from the linux-firmware GIT tree:

    $ git clone git://
  3. Install the firmware:

    $ su
    # mkdir -p /usr/local/lib/firmware/acenic
    # cp linux-firmware/acenic/* /usr/local/lib/firmware/acenic
  4. Reload the acenic driver:

    # modprobe -r acenic ; modprobe acenic
  5. Configure your network interface, see NetworkConfiguration.

Supported Devices

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.

See Also