EDIT: Turns out the Vtune online docs were outdated, it now supports 10.04. I installed 10.04 and the ethernet worked properly.
Essentially, the ethernet card does not show at all on my brand new Vostro 230. I installed 10.10 and the card showed up and worked perfectly, but unfortunately I need to run Intel Vtune for some research, and it only supports up to 9.10 so that is the version I have installed. This is a intel core 2 quad, so I am running 9.10 desktop amd64.
Based off of this thread it seems that I need to build/install the bcm5700 driver module. I have been doing my best to do this, but without internet it's been pretty tough. I am hoping someone can help me bumble through this
What I know:
lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
RX bytes:240 (240.0 B) TX bytes:240 (240.0 B)
sudo lshw -C network
description: Ethernet controller
product: NetLink BCM57788 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
width: 64 bits
capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
02:00.0 Ethernet controller : Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57788 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe [14e4:1691] (rev 01)
What I have tried:
iface lo inet loopback
Downloaded the bcm5700 source from here (tar.gz)
Downloaded module-assistant source from here (tar.gz)
Transferred them to the computer
Tried to build module-assistant by entering the directory and doing
It builds for a while, and then reports an error due to not being able to find the 'msgmerge' command. This seems to be a part of gettext, which is visibile via dpkg but has no info e.g. isn't really there (I assume there is a term for this - is it virtual package?). After this it degrads into
me trying to build/install gettext (grabbed the source, configured, make -> some error about "can't read nls.texi".
I feel like I'm headed down a rabbit hole trying to manually transfer dependencies, build them, etc. I have been using a USB to transfer the files. I looked at this page (the section re: Installing Software w/o an Internet Connection) and tried to use Synaptic, but neither bcm5700 or module-assistant show up there.
I would definitely appreciate any help, sorry this is so long. I'm definitely a beginner at building/installing packages from source, I have only used the visual pm so far.
For what it's worth, this is a basic network setup. I have a cable model plugged into a wireless router running dhcp, and the vostro is plugged into the router via ethernet.