Optiplex 380, Ubuntu 9.04

n dhert ndhertubu at gmail.com
Fri Jul 30 11:30:27 UTC 2010

thanks for your answer.
It's not in that blacklist (although the comments  not very much explain as
to what (kind of) devices
they actually apply).
I downloaded a linux driver (.tar.gz) filefrom Broadcom's website, for
Broadcom Netlink, compiled and installed it and the network came up ...
But after doing a update via Update Manager, which installed a new kernel,
and a reboot,
I found out that I had to recompile the driver and install it again ...

I hope the driver is present in Ubuntu 9.10 and 10.04, because In fact I
want 10.4, but the Grub2 default
used in 10.4 (or would thre be a way to force 10.4 to use the lehacy grub
?) gives problems:
The PC i'm dealing with is to be a model PC for dual boot WinXP/Ubuntu for a
and although I can make an image and clone the image on another identical
PC, I get no grub menu when booting ! It just boots directly in Windows.
( I can recreate the MBR using Ubuntu Live CD and some instructions I found
on Ubuntu webpages, but this is not a suitable solution of course, since
refresh of the PC's is to be done every night).

Also I found that Ext4, the now default file system format, isn't supported
by two of the cloning
software I used (Rdeploy and ghost), I need to revert to Ext3 (luckilly this
I can choose),

I noticed upgrading 9.4 to 9.10 to 10.4 preserves the legacy grub (and also
but it's a long shot ...  sigh ...

If you might have other suggestions or tips, thanx in advance..

2010/7/30 Stephen Michael Kuhn <yank.down.under at gmx.com>

>  On Fri, 30 Jul 2010 05:11:36 pm n dhert wrote:
> > I have a new Dell optiplex 380 with WindowsXP, netwerd card is Broadcom
> > Netlink(TM) Gigabit Ethernet
> > Works OK in WindowsXP (get TCP/IP params from the DHCP server, can
> connect
> > to Internet)
> > Added Ubuntu9.04 from install CD
> > But Ubuntu9.04 had no network connection
> > $ ifconfig -a
> > doesn't show eth0 (only lo, pan0)
> >
> > What's wrong and how to remedy?
> I'd firstly think that the possibility of the module (driver) for that card
> may be in the /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf => check it. If it IS, then
> you
> should be able to uncomment it from there, reboot, and the connection will
> get
> configured. However, if the chance arises that that is not the case, you
> may
> want to try booting with something a bit more current (9.10 or 10.04); I've
> not had heaps of fun with Optiplex machines in the past, and have found
> that
> drivers necessary for the hardware were, in fact, blacklisted most of the
> time.
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