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Old 05-09-2004, 11:39 AM   #1
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broadcom 440x with 2.4.24 kernel


Hello, installed slackware on my machine about a couple of weeks ago, but in order to complete the transition (currently winxp) it would be good to have my networking sorted.
my motherboard is an asus a7v8x with a broadcom 440x ethernet adapter.

I downloaded the drivers from broadcom.com and followed the instructions (i had to run rpm2tgz cause slackware doesnt like rpm's).
but it didn't work, in the documentation it states that it supports kernels up to 2.4.20.

also, don't know if is related but i have a wireless card (based on the acx100) and eth0 and eth1 keep on swapping so it would be cool if i could make one "stick" to eth0 so i can configure the other (my wireless is a nightmare too but will do other thread).

I was just wondering if anyone had it running on a 2.4.24 kernel and a slakwarte distro, or anyone that knows how to do it.

thanks for your time,
 
Old 05-09-2004, 01:54 PM   #2
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Welcome to LQ.

I've just checked the modules available in the mainstream 2.6.5 kernel and there seems to be broadcom 4400 support although it is tagged as experimental. Perhaps you could try upgrading your kernel from:
http://www.kernel.org
 
Old 05-09-2004, 02:22 PM   #3
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further info needed

Ok, does this mean that together with the 2.6.5 there will be a module and i will just need to modprobe it?

now, my question was slightly different, i have a 2.4.24 kernel and changing it would involve other stuff not to work. can i take the module from the successive kernel and use it in the previous (sorry for the silly question but i do NOT know)??

and if not is it a hopeless situation?
 
Old 05-09-2004, 02:26 PM   #4
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Yes there seems to be a version with 2.6.5 - this is not to say that there isn't one in the 2.4 series - just that I only had 2.6.5 installed to check.

You will also need to upgrade module-init-tools to upgrade from 2.4 to 2.6 if you choose to do so.

No you can't really take a version from one kernel and stick it in another (across major versions anyway).
 
Old 05-09-2004, 02:29 PM   #5
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The driver was in the later 2.4.x kernels as well. I've got it compiled into my kernel (2.6.4) and it works very nicely even if it is labelled as experimental.
 
  


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