[plug] HP/Compaq NX5000 Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX NIC problem

Gregory Orange gregory.orange at metoceanengineers.com
Fri Oct 24 09:09:50 WST 2008

Bret Busby wrote:
> After some searching on the Internet, I found a web page at 
> http://downgra.de/x20/ , which showed that that author apparently got 
> the NIC operational, by using the manufacturer's driver.
> So, after a bit if searching, I found a web page apparently for the NIC 
> driver, at http://www.broadcom.com/support/ethernet_nic/4401.php , from 
> which I downloaded the Linux(i386) driver, which I think is a g.zip file.
> What do I need to do, to install it and get it going, so that I can 
> continuously operate the network card?

Sorry for the late input...

I used an nx5000 (Part ID: PM151PA#ABG) for a couple of years with 
Ubuntu Dapper Drake 6.06, and never had any trouble with the NIC. I've 
just pulled the last working one out of the cupboard and booted it up 
with an Ubuntu Hard Heron 8.04 CD. It's a Broadcom BCM4401-B0, works 
straight from boot.

In other news, I remember having to use ndiswrapper to get the bcm43xx 
wlan card working well - the bcm43xx native driver gave very poor range 
and performance.


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