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Old 06-06-2016, 09:22 AM   #1
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Trouble with Broadcom BCM 5755 NIC


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I just installed Slackware64 14.1 on an HP Workstation with a Broadcom Netxtreme BCM5755 Gigabit Ethernet card. The card shows some erratic behavior, and before digging any further, I wonder if this hardware is know to cause problems.

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Old 06-06-2016, 09:49 AM   #2
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Later. After some research, I found this:

http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/bcm5700/

Last modification is 2009, so I wonder if this is still actual for Slackware 14.1.

On a side note, I booted a Slackware -current installation DVD that I made a couple months ago. This DVD has a 4.1.15 kernel on it, and the card seems to work OK with this kernel. This being said, I'd rather make it work with Slackware 14.1, because I haven't built my extra packages for 14.2 yet.

Any suggestions?
 
Old 06-06-2016, 10:44 AM   #3
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Later. After some research, I found this:

http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slackbuilds/bcm5700/

Last modification is 2009, so I wonder if this is still actual for Slackware 14.1.

On a side note, I booted a Slackware -current installation DVD that I made a couple months ago. This DVD has a 4.1.15 kernel on it, and the card seems to work OK with this kernel. This being said, I'd rather make it work with Slackware 14.1, because I haven't built my extra packages for 14.2 yet.

Any suggestions?
Is it possible to isolate the source code for this particular kernel module for this card on 4.1.x, and compile it for use on 14.1's kernel? Or would that be too far back for it to be compatible? If not, then maybe try to find a kernel version with this module present that works well with your card (Maybe do a search for compatibility with your card, and don't limit your search to Slackware-related items; sometimes other distros have bits of wisdom to share as well).

Just my

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What about just compiling a newer kernel for use in 14.1?
 
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What about just compiling a newer kernel for use in 14.1?
The impression that the OP gave was that he would like to use stock 14.1, kernel and everything. Perhaps compiling the latest kernel release for 14.1 isn't an option, for a number of reasons.
 
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The impression that the OP gave was that he would like to use stock 14.1, kernel and everything. Perhaps compiling the latest kernel release for 14.1 isn't an option, for a number of reasons.
The only impression he gave was that he hasn't recompiled all his extra packages yet for 14.2. It may be less work to compile a new kernel than to recompile all of these extra packages. My suggestion may not be an option for him, like you say, but it is a reasonable one given the information provided. kikinovak can determine whether it is a good solution for him.

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Old 06-06-2016, 12:29 PM   #7
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OK, problem solved indirectly. Since I needed more network interfaces anyway, I just disabled this card by blacklisting the tg3 kernel module and then added three brand new TP-Link Gigabit cards.

cheers,

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