Linux Broadcom Ethernet Card driver installation

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Linux Broadcom Ethernet Card sometime gives problem. However, you need to load driver called tg3 to work with Broadcom Ethernet Card.

Use lsmod program to show the status of modules in the Linux Kernel. You may need to use modprobe program to add and remove modules from the Linux Kernel.

But first type lsmod command and find out if tg3 module/driver is loaded or not (login as the root user).

# lsmod | grep tg3

If it is not loaded then load it with modprob command:

# /sbin/modprob tg3
# /etc/init.d/network start

OR

# /etc/init.d/networking start

Assign an IP address:

# ifconfig eth0 192.168.1.10 up

Add driver to your kernel configuration file
Open your /etc/modules.conf (Fedora or Red Hat Linux) or /etc/modprobe.d/aliases (Debian Linux) and modify/add line:

alias eth0 tg3

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  1. I have intel desktop board D945GCNL with Integrated 10/100/1000 (on board)
    Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC

    When I install CentOS 5 here That lancard is not detected.
    So can any 1 help me please.

  2. I have Lenovo N200 laptop, i have downloaded driver for LAN card but it is not installing (driver : (linux-3.92n.tg3))

    plz help me in this regard.

    Is there any rpm available for this driver.
    My driver is “Broadcom NetLink Fast Ethernet”

    Regards,

    Haris
    (Pakistan)

  3. i have HCL machine .i wan to installed RHEL 4 but RHEL 4 does not support lan card or its not detectd RTL 8169/8110 Lan card. plz give me solution to installed this.

  4. I have intel desktop board D945GCNL with Integrated 10/100/1000 (on board)
    Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E Gigabit Ethernet NIC

    When I install CentOS 5 here That lancard is not detected.
    So can any 1 help me please.

  5. I have a Dell a Latitude D600 laptop with “Broadcom 570x Gigabit Integrated Controller” lan card. When I installed RedHat Linux 9.0 it couldnot detect the lan card. How can I solve the problem? If anyone can solve the problem please inform mail me.

  6. I have intel D945GCNL with itegrared 10/100/1000(onboard) Realtek RTL8168/8111 PCI-E-Gigabit Ethernet NIC . how can in istall at REDHAT Enterprise 5 here that lancard is not detected. so please help me…..

  7. i want to install a new server with RHEL4 but i am not able to install Lan card. Whenever i compile the module with the make command it is not working and gives an error message.plz solve my problem.

  8. Dear Support ,

    I am trying to add a new node in to existing cluster but it is showing following error :

    setup : 64 nodes cluster
    h/w : sunfire x2200 (both master and compute)
    s/w : Rocks 4.2 (Hallasan) kernel 2.6.9-34.0.2.ELsmp

    new compute node : IBM X3650-M3

    whenver I am doing insert-ehters the PXE boot is unable to capture the request and showing error ” media test failure / hardware error / TFTP boot failure / exiting the PXE ”

    kindly help me .

    Thanks in advance

    Regards,

    Santosh Lohar | Linux HPC Support

  9. new compute node : IBM server X3400-M3

    i am install rhel 5 in ibm server x3400-m3
    my error has occurred-no valid drvices were found on which to create new file system please check your hardware for the cause of this problem
    plz reply

    and
    how to install driver of lan card in RedHat Linux 5.0

  10. Just at the right time I came across your article. I wanted to install a Ethernet Card driver and I think your article is going to help me in this. The step by step priocedures that you have expalined is clear and precise.

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