Why is my Broadcom NIC ignored?
I realize that there have been a couple threads already on the following problem, but they were not sufficient to resolve my problem.
I recently installed Suse 9.1 personal on a Dell Poweredge SC420 server. Suse was unable to recognize and configure my Broadcom onboard NIC, so the only avaiiable interface is loopback. I manually installed the bcm5700 driver module from the Suse installation CD with insmod and verified with lsmod. Then I deleted all the network interfaces in YAST (it had mistakenly identified it as an ATA card) and created a new one called eth0 set up to use the bcm5700 driver. Everything seemed to go fine and YAST listed it as already configured with DHCP, but then when I tried "ifconfig eth0" it gave me a "device not found" error.
I've seen some reports that patching the OS and/or upgrading the kernel solves this problem. Since I can't use YOU, I downloaded all the patches from ftp.suse.com on another machine and burned them to CD to do a patch via CD. It managed to scan the CD and create a listing of patches but then when it came to installing them, it couldn't find any of them on the media...
Can anyone give me advice on what to try next at this point? Have spent way too much time on this already.