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Old 04-19-2007, 05:23 AM   #1
Chris.Marsh
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No support for bcm5755 NIC


Hi all,

Just in the process of replacing an old Slax Box with a brand new HP PC and I have hit a problem with the on-board NIC. The NIC is Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5755 and the distro doesn't appear to support this device! having searched around I found 'Alien Bobs' branch on on the Slackware site where he has put together a packaged driver for the bcm57xx NIC.

The problem I have is that I can't find enough documentation on how to install this. There are several files there some for the 2.4 kernel and some for 2.6. I downloaded all the 2.4 stuff but what I need now is a document on what to do with it?

Any help appreciated

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chris
 
Old 04-19-2007, 06:56 AM   #2
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OK I got over that one and manaked to work out which file to uncompress which has got me the bcm5700.o.gz into the apporpiate directory. I'll need to do some more research noe on how to configure the NIC
 
Old 04-19-2007, 08:12 AM   #3
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that is a slackware package. you can install it with 'installpkg bla.tgz' .

extracting it by hand ( with tar -xzvf bla.tgz ) is also an option but the scripts in the install/ folder won't be executed then.

if you have a dhcp server running, the card should configure itself at the next boot( same as windows )
otherwise, network device configuration is done with ifconfig. /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 is also worth a look.
 
Old 04-19-2007, 09:25 AM   #4
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Quote:
Originally Posted by erklaerbaer
that is a slackware package. you can install it with 'installpkg bla.tgz' .

extracting it by hand ( with tar -xzvf bla.tgz ) is also an option but the scripts in the install/ folder won't be executed then.

if you have a dhcp server running, the card should configure itself at the next boot( same as windows )
otherwise, network device configuration is done with ifconfig. /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 is also worth a look.
Thanks for the tip, I had extracted the .TAR file, the other file I have is a .TGZ.TAR but I am having a problem with that in extracting it: -

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tar -zxvf filename.tgz.tar
Fails with errors

Quote:
gzip: stdin: not in gzip format
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error exit delayed from previous errors
Is there another method to extract this file?

What a boo boo it isn't a .TGZ.TAR at all it's a .TGZ.MD5 file for some reason it was getting renamed when I downloaded it

Last edited by Chris.Marsh; 04-19-2007 at 09:51 AM.
 
Old 04-19-2007, 01:57 PM   #5
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Hi,

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Originally Posted by Chris.Marsh
Thanks for the tip, I had extracted the .TAR file, the other file I have is a .TGZ.TAR but I am having a problem with that in extracting it: -Fails with errors

For the filename.tgz.tar file, just copy to a newfulename.tgz or remove the .tar at the end of the filename. You should do a 'man tar' to get the information on tar.

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Is there another method to extract this file?
Just do a ;
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tar -xvzf foo.tar.gz
              extract gzipped foo.tar.gz
 
Old 04-20-2007, 01:44 PM   #6
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If you run Slackware 11.0 and the default 2.4.33.3 kernel, you install this package: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac...3.3-i486-1.tgz using the command
Code:
installpkg bcm5700-8.3.14_2.4.33.3-i486-1.tgz
And if you run Slackware 11.0 and the default 2.6.17.13 kernel you can find in the /extra/linux-2.6.17.13 directory, you install this package: http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac....13-i486-1.tgz using the command
Code:
installpkg bcm5700-8.3.14_2.6.17.13-i486-1.tgz
After reboot you will have a eth0 device. If not, then hotplug/udev did not recognize the hardware and you will have to add the line
Code:
/sbin/modprobe bcm5700
at the end of /etc/rc.d/rc.modules for instance.

If you run another version of Slackware, or a self-compiled kernel, then you will need to build a Slackware package for your specific kernel:
Download all files in http://www.slackware.com/~alien/slac...bcm5700/build/ together to the same directory, change to that directory (as root) and run the command
Code:
sh bcm5700.SlackBuild
. This will build a package that will end up in the /tmp directory as bcm5700-8.3.14_<your_kernel_version>-i486-1.tgz. You install that package using the installpkg command.

Note: when you want to compile a package yourself, you need to have the Slackware package "kernel-sources" installed.

Eric
 
  


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