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Old 11-12-2003, 10:08 AM   #1
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Unhappy How do I install Ethernet with command lines?

I used the search but didn' find anything to help me.

First, a little background. My server is IBM eServer xSeries 335, 512 MB DDR RAM, 40 GB HDD, rackmount, CDROM & Floppy, 3 built in Ethernet ports.
OS is MandrakeSecurity Multi-Network Firewall (MNF8.2) based on Linux kernel 2.4.18. I purchased MNF from Mandrake for quite a pretty penny, and got "30 days free" installation support. The trick is you have to submit an incident on line, and wait for them to reply. The paid support is supposed to be 48 hours guaranteed reply time, but I haven't received any replies since 5/11.

My boss is wondering when we will have the server up, so I'm under a little pressure here.

The problem: graphical installer didnt detect the network/LAN ports. I am supposed to configure the server via a web browser on my LAN, but obviously can't until I get the network installed first. OS is a bash shell, completely non-graphical, no C compiler, and my Linux command line is rusty, at best.

The question: (as asked to the Mandrake "experts")

lchras : 07/11 04:32 : More info provided 
[...] the driver is on the IBM cd in both tar.gz format and src.rpm format. 
But i don't have a C compiler in this product, so that didn't go far. 

I believe, the RPM has put this file that I found on my system: 


This, I think, is the driver I need for the Ethernet. (I have 3 Ethernet ports
 on the back of my server.) 

Now what? what is the command to type in so I can install it, and set up
 my Ethernet LAN and ADSL connections? 
Thank for any help you can provide me. sorry my knowledge of Linux command line is small, I don't know what to do next.

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Old 11-12-2003, 10:33 AM   #2
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update... I did some more searching and as a result, I tried the following.

In the bcm directory, I typed in "insmod ./bcm5700.o.gz" and the result was: "./bcm5700.o.gz: init_module: No such device
Hint: insmod errors can be caused by incorrect module parameters, including invalid IO or IRQ parameters"

Huh? what else can i try?
Old 11-13-2003, 12:37 PM   #3
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Oh yes, the Ethernet is a 64-bit Broadcom NetXtreme Gigabit Ethernet. I have two (not three). I have the drivers but can't seem to install them. Help.

Old 11-13-2003, 10:59 PM   #4
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i'm not familiar enough with the text way to mess with networking, but i can give you a suggestion on what to try. go into the mandrake control center and check out the hardware lists and the network config. make updates for your hardware. sorry i'm not much more help than this. good luck.
Old 11-13-2003, 11:39 PM   #5
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See this which links to which has a link to .
Since MDK uses a similar RPM package install, just look at the last link and take a look around.


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