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Intel Network adapters on OS X: Small Tree drivers

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Did anyone ever try the drives from Small Tree for OS X?
They are officially linked from the Intel driver page.
https://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?ProductID=943&DwnldID=7852&lang=ENG&iid=dc_rss

The drivers can be found here:
http://www.small-tree.com/Articles.asp?ID=198

Supported devices for SmallTreeIntel8254x.kext:


  • 8086:1010 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
  • 8086:1011 82545EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Fiber)
  • 8086:1012 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Fiber)
  • 8086:101d 82546EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:1026 82545GM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:1027 82545GM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:1028 82545GM Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:105e 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Also covered by AppleIntel8254XEthernet.kext)
  • 8086:105f 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:1079 82546GB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:107a 82546GB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:107b 82546GB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:107c 82541PI Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:107d 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
  • 8086:107e 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Fiber)
  • 8086:10a4 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • 8086:10b5 82546GB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
  • 8086:10b9 82572EI Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
  • 8086:10bc 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)

SmallTreeIntel82576.kext:


  • 8086:1521 I350 Gigabit Network Connection
  • 8086:1522 I350 Gigabit Fiber Network Connection
  • 8086:1533 I210 Gigabit Network Connection (Also covered by AppleIntelI210Ethernet.kext)

SmallTreeIntel8259x.kext:



  • 8086:10c6 82598EB 10-Gigabit AF Dual Port Network Connection
  • 8086:10c7 82598EB 10-Gigabit AF Network Connection
  • 8086:10c8 82598EB 10-Gigabit AT Network Connection
  • 8086:10ec 82598EB 10-Gigabit AT CX4 Network Connection
  • 8086:10d8 82599EB 10 Gigabit Network Connection
  • 8086:10fb 82599ES 10-Gigabit SFI/SFP+ Network Connection
  • 8086:10f1 82598EB 10-Gigabit AF Dual Port Network Connection
  • 8086:151c 82599 10 Gigabit TN Network Connection
  • 8086:150b 82598EB 10-Gigabit AT2 Server Adapter
  • 8086:1528 Ethernet Controller 10-Gigabit X540-AT2
  • 8086:10fc 82599 10 Gigabit Dual Port Network Connection
  • 8086:1560 Ethernet Controller X540

From what I read the Small Tree drivers verify if the Intel card is a "Small Tree Intel card".
This is most likely done using the subsystem-id and subsystem-vendor-id in the PCI configuration space, something which can now be spoof using FakePCIID.

Two questions need to be answered:

I hope someone with an Intel network adapter can pitch in here.

Note, I believe it should be possible to additional devices through plist or FakePCI injection.

Apple also includes a number of Intel ethernet kexts which might be spoofable:


  • AppleIntel8254XEthernet.kext
    • 8086:1096 80003ES2LAN Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
    • 8086:100f 82545EM Gigabit Ethernet Controller (Copper)
    • 8086:105e 82571EB Gigabit Ethernet Controller
  • AppleIntelI210Ethernet.kext
    • 8086:1533 I210 Gigabit Network Connection
  • Intel82574L.kext
    • 8086:104b 82566DC Gigabit Network Connection
    • 8086:10f6 82574L Gigabit Network Connection
 

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Thank you the-darkvoid !!

Here's a snippet from lspci:

03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation Ethernet Controller 10-Gigabit X540-AT2 [8086:1528] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1 [8086:0002]
....
....
Kernel driver in use: ixgbe
Kernel modules: ixgbe

I gathered that '8086' is Intel's vendor id, so I think that '0002' is the device id.

Let me know if there's anything I can do to help!
 

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...
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation Ethernet Controller 10-Gigabit X540-AT2 [8086:1528] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1 [8086:0002]
...
I gathered that '8086' is Intel's vendor id, so I think that '0002' is the device id.
..
No. The device-id is 0x1528.

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numasan,

Your device ID 8086:1528 is already present in SmallTreeIntel8259x.kext.

Download the
SmallTreeIntel8259x.zip attachment from the first post and install the kext using a program such as kext utility.

Let me know if that works, if not we can take additional steps.
 
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I will try it first chance I get on Monday and let you know!

Have a great weekend.
 
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Hi again,

Firstly, I originally installed the Small Tree driver (SmallTreeIntel8259x-3.1.1.dmg), before seeing this thread, and it did not work. That is, no 10G network card could be found in System Information or Network preferences.

I now installed the SmallTreeIntel8259x.kext from your zip using kext utility, but the X540-T1 is still not recognised. :(

Is there an equivalent to lspci on OSX? I don't get why there's no indication that the nic is present on the motherboard, at least.

Please let me know if there's anything more I can do to help/test.
 
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Attach IORegistry dump as per instructions:

[Guide] How to Make a Copy of IOReg

Also check your /var/log/system.log, it might contain output like this:
SmallTreeIntel8259x %s %s: Unsupported Card 0x%04x

I want to know what that says.
 
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Got it.

Must be the card under "NPE7@3"

system.log:
Feb 9 18:22:00 Slowmotions-Mac-Pro kernel[0]: SmallTreeIntel8259x probe b3d0f0: Unsupported Card 0x0002
Feb 9 18:22:00 Slowmotions-Mac-Pro kernel[0]: SmallTreeIntel8259x freeResources b3d0f0: Entered freeResources
 

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Code:
sudo cat /var/log/system.log | grep -i smalltree
Does that give anything?
 
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