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How to use Broadcom b44 Ethernet card with Trusty Tahr?
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claz64

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar 2015, 08:26    Post subject:  How to use Broadcom b44 Ethernet card with Trusty Tahr?  

Greetings,
I have tried multiple puppies based on trusty tahr and none have detected my broadcom bcm4401 ethernet card. I have not had this problem with any previous puppies. I have tried instructions posted here to load the b44 module to no avail. Any suggestions? Thanks.
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rcrsn51


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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar 2015, 08:47    Post subject: Re: broadcom b44 and trusty tahr  

claz64 wrote:
I have tried instructions posted here to load the b44 module to no avail.

Do you mean that it won't load or that it loads but won't work?

Are you using a frugal install? Tahrpup keeps its modules in the separate zdrv_tahr_6.0.2.sfs. Have you included it in your install?
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claz64

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar 2015, 09:31    Post subject:  

It doesn't load at all...however, if I look at hardware info the card is there, but none of the networking setup see the card...they all sat no interface found, which in this case would be eth0 I presume.
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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar 2015, 09:39    Post subject:  

You didn't answer my question about the frugal install.

claz64 wrote:
It doesn't load at all

1. Run the command: lsmod. Is b44 listed?
2. Run the command: modprobe b44. Do you get an error?
3. Run the command: lspci -nnk. What do you see for the Ethernet controller?
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claz64

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PostPosted: Wed 18 Mar 2015, 20:55    Post subject:  

Yes, it is a frugal install. I didn't realize modules were kept in zdrv_tahr_6.0.2.sfs. I've never had to manually install any sfs's in previous versions for normal system based stuff such as networking.
lsmod...no b44 not listed
modprobe b44...yes error
lspci -nnk...yes the bcm4401 is listed
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Mar 2015, 09:28    Post subject:  

@claz64: Have you solved your problem?

1. Open the Tahrpup ISO file.
2. Copy the zdrv file to the location of your frugal install.
3. Reboot.
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PostPosted: Thu 19 Mar 2015, 19:55    Post subject:  

I will give that a try...thanks!!
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PostPosted: Fri 20 Mar 2015, 07:28    Post subject:  

The module is still not loading. I have verified that zdrv_tahr_6.0.2.sfs is in frugal install location. I am writing this on a working slacko frugal install with networking, it seems to be specifically a tahr problem. I have tried a few different tahr spins and the problem is the same across all.
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