Originally Posted by alekhidell
I have a dell wireless wlan 1397 mini card with an ethernet 802.3. Now I am trying to connect by a wired connection. Supposedly a have a bcm5784m nic. I have tried to configue the bcm5784m which was shown it to be regonized through fedora 11, i could activate it, and connection still failed. In my driver list on my dell inspiron and studio 1737 the bcm5784m was not checked as a download i needed. What in the hell am I doing wrong. I have searched exhaustively and have found nothing concerning the wire ethernet card or bcm. Supposidly ubuntu does support the dell studio 1737 laptop. Forgive my spelling. Oh and by the way I am using kubuntu 9.04 jaunty.
The wired ethernet nic almost never needs special drivers. What network are you trying to connect to? Your network must have a dhcp server if it is to provide you with an address automatically. Also make sure you are using the correct cable (usually a "straight" cat cable, not "crossover").
These being good, the first thing I would do is from the command line go root ("sudo su") and then run "ifconfig". Look for a device to be listed called "eth0", "eth1", or similar. If it does, then try running "dhclient eth0" (eth1, whatever) to get an address from the dhcp server on your network.
It probably does not seem funny to you, but most people have trouble getting their wireless to work, not their wired connection.