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    Nic card on Dell X300 laptop on backtrack


    I'm having the devil of a time getting the nic card to work on my Dell X300 laptop.
    I'm using backtrack security distro installed to hard drive.
    lspci tells me the nic is:
    Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabyte Ethernet rev 01
    when I do modprobe -l | grep bcm I see:
    bcm3510.ko and bcm203x.ko

    to set up the interface I do:
    ifconfig eth0 up --> eth0 shows as up in ifconfig eth0 after this.
    dhcpcd
    the dhcpcd command takes a long time. Occasionally it gets me a dhcp lease from my linksys router, but only occasionally.
    So I try to manually set ip
    ifconfig eth0 192.168.1.20 netmask 255.255.255.0
    route add default gw 192.168.1.1
    when I ping 192.168.1.1 I get host is unreachable.
    I can't ping either localhost or 127.0.0.1
    I suspect I don't have the proper driver for the nic card.
    The laptop has a docking station with it's own nic.
    When I do the install I have to use the docking station.
    I suspect the installer detected the docking nic but nothing else.
    Can anyone tell me how to verify which driver loaded for the laptop nic and/or how to find a nic for this card? I'll go off now and check the broadcom site. Will this involve kernel source code?

    Jk

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    and one more thing

    I'm running kerel 2.6.15.6. I downloaded the broadcom driver and the readme.txt file indicates that the 2.6 kernel already supports this broadcom card. Curious.
    Any ideas?

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