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Old 03-25-2003, 09:57 AM   #1
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integrated broadcom ethernet card problem with debian 3.0r1

Hi everybody

I am running into troubles with running an integrated ethernet
card called Broadcom 5702 (or bcm5700) on an IBM server with
Linux Debian 3.0r1. Can anybody help me, please ?

The basic Debian install runs ok, although it doesn't recognize
this integrated card, as it did on another machine (Via EPIA 800).
The IBM server is delivered with a few CD drivers. The one for
the Ethernet card is called bcm5700. But the Debian versions I
download (7 CD + 1 update) as the same driver. The package is
called bcm5700-source. The files from IBM driver or Debian
packages are the same and I tried both of them and runned in the
same trouble. So here is what I have done with the Debian package :

Install, via the Package Manager, the bcm5700-source. This write
a file called bcm5700.tar.gz in /usr/src.

With a console, I untared this file ( tar xzvf bcm5700.tar.gz ).
This make 2 new directories : /usr/src/modules/bcm5700/debian and
/usr/src/modules/bcm5700/src .

As it is said in the readme file, the install procedure should
happen this way (from ../bcm5700/src directory)
insmod bcm5700.o
make install

So I changed to /usr/src/modules/bcm5700/src and tried make.
This gave me the folowing error :
linux/modversions.h : no such file or directory

I found out that I didn't have the kernel source headers installed.
The command uname -r give me 2.2.20-idepci which is, I assume, the
version number of my kernel.

I installed, via the Package Manager, the package called
This created a directory called
/usr/src/kernel-heqders-2.2.20-idepci/include and I found 2 files
named modversions.h in the following directories :
/usr/src/kernel-heqders-2.2.20-idepci/include/config/ and

From /usr/src/modules/bcm5700/src, I made a make clean and then make
but it gave me the same error :
linux/modversions.h : no such file or directory

I found out that the make procedure was locking for header files
in /usr/include/linux . So I copied the file
in /usr/include/linux (but I think this is maybe a mistake), then
went back again in /usr/src/modules/bcm5700/src, and made a
make clean, and then make.

The make didn't give me any error anymore. So I went to the
following step of the install procedure : the command :
insmod bcm5700.o
This gave me another error :
bcm5700.o : kernel-module version mysmatch
bcm5700.0 was compiled for kernel version 2.4.18
while this kernel is version 2.2.20-idepci

I repeated the 66666 step with the other modversions.h file (the
one from
The make was ok, but step 77777 gave me the same error.

So I am stucked here without knowing how to go on.
Old 03-26-2003, 09:20 AM   #2
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ok problem not solved, I think I should recompile the kernel to the 2.4.18 version. But as I am not familiar with that, I gave up.
Somebody also told me to download a new driver from debian, but I didn't. Instead, I switched to Red Hat 7.3 and the card was automatically recognized and configured at install time. I would have prefer Debian, but it is, for sure, a bit more complex to configure, as I have seen. Too bad.


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