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Network driver problem

Basso_1
Advisor

Network driver problem

helo, i installed RH3 on my PC when trying to give it an IP i found that i cannot ping.
I checked the driver loaded using lsmod but i didn't find that tg3 is loaded.
I tried to intall the bcm5700 driver(NIC is broadcom) i got this message:
"the module u are trying to load (bcm5700.o)
is compiled with a gcc version2 compiler while the kernel u are running is compiled with a gec version3 compiler.
This is know to not work"
First how to load the driver tg3, and second why the bcm5700 driver doesn't work? and thanks in advance.
6 REPLIES
Steven E. Protter
Exalted Contributor

Re: Network driver problem

Shalom Basso,

The bcm5700 driver has been problematic.

To help, Need to know your kernel version and which update of RH3 you are using.

Also, need to know what kind of server hardware you have.

HP has a good set of bcm5700 and tg3 drivers for their server line, but they only support certain versions of RH Linux, not all.

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Basso_1
Advisor

Re: Network driver problem

Thanks Steven for ur quick reply.
The result of uname -r is : 2.4.21_4.EL
The PC is (HP compac DC7100).
Also on the same brand of pc i installed RH4 and everything worked fine.
& THANKS.
Basso_1
Advisor

Re: Network driver problem

So if tg3 isn't shown in the result of lsmod, how to load it?
Rick Garland
Honored Contributor

Re: Network driver problem

Not to step on any toes, but I have found the opposite to be true. The tg3 driver to be problematic. Mostly, I could not get higher than 10mbs/half duplex on the card.

I went to the Broadcomm site, downloaded the 5700 driver and installed that. Modified the /etc/modules.conf file to reflect the change, and I was getting 100mbs with no problems.

All the directions were on the Broadcomm site. What is needed, what to do, how to load the module, etc...
Basso_1
Advisor

Re: Network driver problem

thanks Rick, well i want to the broadcom site and i installed the driver related to linux i followed the steps mentioned in the readme.txt but when trying to do modprob bcm5700 i got the error mentioned before about gcc.
But my question also is why tg3 is not loaded so when i do a lsmod tg3 is not appered though it is a frensh installation.
REGARDS.
Ivan Ferreira
Honored Contributor

Re: Network driver problem

Maybe the default tg3 driver does not support the chipset for the network adapter and you should use one of the provided by the vendor.

Ensure that you check all pre-requisites to install the module.
Por que hacerlo dificil si es posible hacerlo facil? - Why do it the hard way, when you can do it the easy way?