I am trying to install an HP NC364T (4 port ethernet adapter) onto a machine running CentOS 7, however HP only supplies drivers built for RedHat, SCO, SUSE, Sun and Solaris. I know CentOS is intended to be binary compatible with RedHat but installing any of their driver versions leads to dependency problems and a failure to install.

Of the RedHat offerings they are supplying drivers compatible with RHEL 6 Server, RHEL 5 Server, RHEL 4 and RHEL 3.

Many drivers fail as they claim to be incompatible, but the 5 and 6 drivers at least attempt to install, but fail on dependencies.

This might end up being a question of how to resolve dependencies, but I at least want to know which version of RedHat that CentOS 7 is meant to be akin to.


CentOS is based on RHEL directly. CentOS 7 is based on RHEL7 and so that's the version of RHEL most compatible. Since about CentOS 5 (I think) they've tried to match the CentOS version numbers with the RHEL version numbers. So CentOS 6 was RHEL 6 and CentOS 8 will be RHEL 8.

You may have to either do without the drivers or downgrade to Cent OS 6. If it's on Cent OS 7 already, that can't be an old install anyways.

  • Hmm so if I'm running 7 and they only have drivers to 6, that's pretty much me dead in the water? Are there other options, like getting legacy dependencies that will run on 7 to satisfy the dependencies? Perhaps I need to get the source code and recompile for 7? That would be fun... – J Collins Jan 5 '15 at 17:07
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    The drivers may be written for a specific kernel version. I would recommend reinstalling with CentOS 6 and just installing the RHEL 6 drivers or putting the project on hold until the vendor writes RHEL 7 drivers. RHEL7 is still pretty new so they may just not have done it yet. – Bratchley Jan 5 '15 at 17:09
  • Obviously you can compile if you want, but it's probably going to be more work than doing one of the two above. – Bratchley Jan 5 '15 at 17:10
  • // , Where can we find out about plans or current tests for CEntOS 8? – Nathan Basanese Sep 17 '15 at 17:21

There are drivers for RHEL 7 for that network card available from HP. However they are not listed in the card's download web page at HP website. They are included with the "Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Supplement for HP Service Pack for ProLiant 2014.06.0" (filename supspp-1.00.rhel7.en.tar.gz) available at HP website. Just decompress it and you'll find the RPM kmod-hp-e1000e- which is the e1000e driver for RedHar 7. It should work with Centos 7. According to the relase notes, that is "HP Intel e1000e Drivers for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 x86_64" version for the HP NC364T PCI Express Quad Port Gigabit Server Adapter.

The links are: Release notes and Download page

As an alternative, have you tried to use the e1000e drivers included with CentOS?

  • That's great to hear though I'm baffled to why they wouldn't be available on their own site. Right now I am using the e1000e drivers and after a lot of head scratching on the teaming that seems to be working just as well. – J Collins Feb 9 '15 at 19:23

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