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Old 07-03-2005, 03:52 AM   #1
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Internet on Inspiron 6000

I've tried both Slackware and Kubuntu Live on my Inspiron 6000 and I can't seem to get the Internet to work. I have a CAT5 cable connected from a router into my network jack. I believe the device is an Integrated 10/100 Network Card and Modem.

I tried booting from the same Kubuntu Live CD on both my desktop and my friend's laptop, and the Internet works fine. This leads me to believe that the problem is with my hardware, but I've searched on Linux on Laptops, and it seems that everyone else has reported the NIC working fine out of box.

My Internet does work properly on Windows XP after installing the provided drivers. Is there anything I can do to get it working on Linux?
Old 07-03-2005, 04:52 AM   #2
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I did some researching, and I believe I am using Broadcom 440x 10/100 Integrated Controller. Some random googling prompted me to try modprobe b44 and modprobe bcm4400. The former did not fix my internet, and the latter module was not found.

However, I did find that Broadcom released drivers for Linux. I have found no reference to this problem in any of the Linux on Laptop sites I browsed. Those sites seem to suggest that the Internet worked right out of the box, and as such, I do not believe they encountered my problems. I do not have Linux installed yet on my laptop, so I'd like to know before installing the distribution if installing these drivers can fix my Internet problem.

Namely, what I want to know is 1) have I correctly identified my Inspiron 6000 network controller as the Broadcom model, 2) is there no native support for Broadcom in the kernel, and 3) if not, do the external drivers work without any changing of the kernel.
Old 07-06-2005, 04:50 PM   #3
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lcd issues

Hi All,

I've just installed FC3 on my inspiron 6000, and was wondering if there's a way to configure my display.

I have ATI radeon 128mb 300 video card

15.4' USXA display

I am unable to adjust resolution, and select proper monitor on my system.

Thanks for your help!


-- Boaz
Old 07-09-2005, 11:12 AM   #4
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I think you must give more information if you want that someone know your problem.

First, try this to know the name of your NIC.


Next, check if the driver used by your NIC is loaded. Try this


If you find "b44" that is the default driver of your Linux for the broadcom card.

And next, check if your NIC is up, try :


If you have nor eth0 or eth1, try to set up your NIC, try :

ifup -v eth0

If you have no error. Check if your DHCP server is ready, try this :


Good luck,



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