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Old 03-30-2004, 09:57 AM   #1
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Question n00b problem - broadcom 4400 on dell laptop

Hey all,
I am very new to Linux, and I am having some problems with my laptop - specifically getting the NIC to work. Here are the particulars.

Dell Inspiron 5100
Broadcom 4400 NIC
Redhat (kernel 2.4.20-8)
Driver Version 3.0.7

I downloaded the driver directly from Broadcom, and from what I have read, it has worked for everyone in the world other than me (which makes me think the problem is me or my machine).

The download is a zip file containing both a .rpm and .tar.gz. The first time I tried to compile them, I found I needed to install the dev tools and the kernel source tree - I did both of these using the add package wizard within Red hat.

Now when I run the make command with the extracted .tar files, or try to compile the .rpm file (rpmbuild -bb SPECS/bcm4400.spec), I get flood of error messages ending with 'bad exit from var/tmp...*something*' (sorry - don't have it front of me)

Anyone have any ideas what I am doing wrong?

Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Last edited by cdols; 03-30-2004 at 10:30 AM.
Old 03-30-2004, 11:49 AM   #2
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The exact error message would probably help. Can you please post it?
Old 03-30-2004, 12:01 PM   #3
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Error message

make: *** [b44um.o] Error 1

error: Bad exit status from /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.97732 (%build)

Last edited by cdols; 03-30-2004 at 12:07 PM.
Old 03-31-2004, 01:14 PM   #4
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Any ideas? The only thing I can think of would be to reinstall the os and try again... is there any way I can include the rpm in the original OS install?


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