[CentOS] Problem with running Centos 5.2 on Dell Optiplex 330

Mon Sep 8 07:31:34 UTC 2008
Pete Kay <petedao at gmail.com>


It looks like TG3, the broadcom driver, is already installed on Centos
5.2.  Does anyone know why the network is still not working?  I am
very stuck in trying to get the Dell Optiplex to work.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.


On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 2:36 AM, NiftyClusters Mitch
<niftycluster at niftyegg.com> wrote:
> On Sun, Sep 7, 2008 at 7:29 AM, nate <centos at linuxpowered.net> wrote:
>> Pete Kay wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I am havind deep trouble with a bunch of our newly arrived Optiplex
>>> 330 as it can't run Centos 5.2 property.
> ......
>>> Does anyone know how I can fix this problem?
>> It's quite possible the network driver isn't compatible with
>> the system. Looking at the support site for Dell that system
>> isn't supported with Linux, and it looks like it has a pretty
>> new broadcom chip on it.
>> I'd bet that updating the driver will allow the NIC to work,
>> the latest drivers for that system are available.....
> The quick and handy way to do this is to pick up an inexpensive USB
> ethernet link or other ether net card.   After a yum update to a new
> kernel you may well have a driver that works.
> If a yum update does not update the driver, you have enough
> connectivity to download then install vendor bits and tools.
> This is the trick I have used for a number of early access Intel
> 'engineering' boxes.
> It lets me kickstart to a lab configuration and connect long enough to
> add the updated driver.  I can save all the fun new bits and script up
> the driver update into a single dir to copy from one to the next.
> Then burn that dir of bits to a CDROM...
> If you are shopping, the older the USB ethernet device the more likely
> it is to work.
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