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Ethernet support for Dell laptops

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Hi,

Curious if there was any interest at the moment for the above, I understand Kal attempted this a few years ago



MCM57xx Broadcom NetXtreme and II?? covering Dell D600 to D830 and maybe D510 to D530 and D410 to D430


Bounty ends when binary driver is tested with a few hardware options 32bit and 64bit and source placed in the AROS repositry



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Not sure if BCM57xxx would be as well ??

Can the driver be endian neutral ??



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Jeff

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Yes, there's no reason why the driver can't be endian neutral, and that should be a requirement IMHO.

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Hi,

Thanks for that.

Just curious do I take it there is not much interest from the community in this bounty. Or have I got that wrong?

Jeff

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If I had to guess, I'd say people are more interested in WiFi when considering laptops. It may be worth emphasising that a Broadcom Ethernet driver would be useful with a lot of desktops and laptops from various manufacturers, i.e. I would choose a title of "Broadcom Ethernet driver".

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I'd bet you'll run into the same issue as Linux drivers where the Broadcom specs are not available.

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Quote:

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I'd bet you'll run into the same issue as Linux drivers where the Broadcom specs are not available.


But didn't the Linux devs find a solution?

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You have to download a pre-compiled driver from broadcom to use it so broadcom would have to write one for AROS.

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You have to download a pre-compiled driver from broadcom to use it so broadcom would have to write one for AROS.


Are you sure it's not just the firmware that has to be downloaded? IIRC that's how the tg3 driver operated.

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I thought it was more than that but its been a while. I only needed ethernet (wired) working when I used a D620 as a server, I've since replaced it with a raspberry Pi.

The broadcom wireless I replaced with an atheros (though the last one I did I still can't get working with AROS)

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