Ethernet Driver for broadcom bcm5754

Abhishek Dixit abhidixit87 at
Sun Dec 18 04:34:15 UTC 2011

On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 8:35 PM, Sushil Mantri <sushilmantri at> wrote:
> On Sat, Dec 17, 2011 at 9:29 AM, Colin Law <clanlaw at> wrote:
>> On 16 December 2011 22:06, Sushil Mantri <sushilmantri at> wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> I need the driver for broadcom bcm5754. Unfortunately ubuntu 11.04
>>> doesn't seem to have it in its installer. I found the source in ubuntu
>>> repository, but compiling it has been painful. Can i get a debian
>>> package for the driver?
>> This suggests you should not need a driver for that adaptor.
> Could it be because i installed 11.04? the releases on that page
> doesn't show 11.04.
> On a different laptop with 11.04, when i do:
> $: sudo find /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/ -name *bcm*
> **output**
> /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/net/can/can-bcm.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/drivers/staging/bcm
> /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/drivers/staging/bcm/bcm_wimax.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/drivers/bluetooth/bcm203x.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/drivers/net/phy/bcm63xx.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/drivers/input/mouse/bcm5974.ko
> /lib/modules/2.6.38-11-generic/kernel/drivers/media/dvb/frontends/bcm3510.ko
> I dont think it has the 5700's ethernet driver.
absence of particular file you think does not mean driver is missing
many devices use same chipset which can be identified only by
lspci -vnn output where it shows a string as follows

09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4354] (rev 13)

note the last  [11ab:4354]  in my output this is my vendor id and
device id combination which if you google will get you some desired
The problem you are facing building the driver from source is because
the debian repos link you gave must be using a different version of
the kernel than what is installed on your system.
This configuarion is controlled by Makefile of driver where if you try
to install a driver which is meant for an other kernel on some lesser
or higher version of kernel it will give you errors related to make.


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