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Old 11-25-2005, 11:01 AM   #1
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Installing Broadcom 440x Driver

Hi everyone,

I could really use some help installing the above driver. The situation is that I am a complete newbie to Linux and thought id give it a go and see what all the fuss is about. I've read various dummies guides and all the documentation I can find on Redhat 9.0, which I have installed, but nowhere in any of these books guides are there specific insructions for installing a device driver.
I have read various post relating to .rpm packages and tarball's whats all that about?
I think if I can crack installing this driver, then id be more inclined to leave redhat as my default OS and practice, instead of having to continue to use Windoze! I have a copy of Knoppix live and installation of this cd finds and installs the driver immediately.
If anyone's willing to spare the time could they explain to me step by step how to install this driver. I would be forever in your debt. Also if I'm using Plug and Play, how do I find the IRQ of the network card, I know the one windoze assigned to it, would this be the same IRQ in redhat 9.0?


p.s I did find a driver that had a double click to install file and i thought id cracked it but it couldnt find the "broadcom" directory.......!! go figure?
Old 11-25-2005, 04:39 PM   #2
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first, is the driver an rpm or tar archive?

to install an rpm file: as root, rpm -ivh <filename>
the rpm package should install itself with the proper dependencies

If a tar archive, the as root, tar zxvf <filename>
then take the resulting filename from the previous command and run:
tar xvf <filename.tar>

change to the directory the files were extracted to and you will see a file with an .pl or .sh extension
at a root prompt type: chmod 777 filename where filename is the name of the installer file

The run the installer file: ./<filename>
This should install the driver

If building the driver from source, then if it is a tar package, unzip the files as described above,
In the directory where you unzipped the files your will find a "configure" file
As root: ./configure && make
make install

This will install the driver from source

At you can fine the source files for your network adapter if you cannot find a linux driver from the manufacture's web site
Old 11-25-2005, 06:56 PM   #3
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Thanks bignewf,

That was way over my head all that. However, I managed to find the appropriate drivers and followed the instructions for the rpm package, when i got to building the binary driver for my kernel it flagged up "linux kernel source tree not found". Now ive had a look around and allegedly i should install the "kernel source package" [this is a brand new installation of redhat 9]. This is what the distribution txt asks for.


In order to compile your Broadcom Linux driver, you must first
have a properly compiled kernel source tree which matches your running
kernel. You must also have a working C/C++ compiler and all the associated
dependencies installed before attempting to compile the driver.

On Red Hat distributions, if you have opted for a custom installation, you
need to select "Development Tools" and "Kernel Development" to install
the necessary tools and kernel source tree.

My installation is a "workstation" any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance
Old 11-25-2005, 08:29 PM   #4
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16 hours later ive done it! browsing through my redhat now :-) if anyone can tell me how to get redhat to accept a username with an underscore that would be great as i cant log into my company domain, my username is eg. username_working but redhat wont let me......anyone got any ideas of a workaround?



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