HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby Clayton » Mon Mar 03, 2008 4:30

Yes I did. Is there any way to delete the other version that I made so that way I know for sure that it is new?
Thanks again for your help.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Tue Mar 04, 2008 2:37

emerge -P foo

although you should leave at least one or two old kernels around that you know are bootable. That way if your new kernel doesn't boot you have a backup.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby lakedude » Wed Mar 19, 2008 4:07

Hi I'm using an Asus 138-g which I believe uses the Broadcom 4318 chipset. Sabayon 3.4f 32-bit picks it up and works perfect right out of the box. I don't know if it is using native or wrapper drivers but it works great. In fact one of the biggest reasons I'm using Sabayon is that that it worked perfect with all the hardware. I tried a dozen different distros and Sabayon worked the best on that computer.

Of course on my other computer Kubuntu works perfect and Sabayon does not.....
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Wed Mar 19, 2008 17:39

If you did nothing to your system, then you are using the "old" native linux drivers, the bcm43xx drivers. They were standard installs on 3.4f 32 and 64 bit archs. BCM4318 cards are known to work (for the most part) with the old bcm43xx drivers. BCm4311 rev 2 cards and a few other a/b/g cards did not work with bcm43xx. That is the reason of this howto, to get the new "fancy" linux kernel drivers (b34) patched and working for these troublesome chipsets (like the one in my laptop :x ) Until now, a lot of Braodcom users were using ndiswrapper, which is not the best solution (although my connection was usually fairly strong and reliable with ndiswrapper). The problem I ran into was that ndiswrapper stopped working after a kernel upgrade (from 2.6.22 to 2.6.23-r1) because of ssb and its insistence on stealing the ndiswrapper driver and I couldn't make it work. So I went the kernel patching/bleeding edge route to get this resolved and it seems to work so far.

I am hopeful that lxnay will be patching the kernel in the 3.5 final to configure this OOTB so no one needs to go through this hassle (although it is really very easy to do if you know what you are doing).
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby lakedude » Thu Mar 20, 2008 4:32

Thanks for the info chickpea. I love learning about these things. Curious that only Sabayon (and Puppy) worked out of the box. I also tried Mint, Ububntu, Kububntu, DSL, Simply MEPIS, MEPIS anti-x, Gentoo (very weird that Gentoo didn't work but Sabayon did), Knoppix, Suse, Fedora, and Mandriva.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Thu Mar 20, 2008 17:46

It's actually not that weird that SL worked OOTB and gentoo didn't. SL uses a patched custom kernel, different from the gentoo stock kernel and builds in a TON more packages and has a different philosophy in terms of portage. Not to get too far into "nerd field" SL has ACCEPT_KEYWORDS="~x86" or "~amd64" by default which means that portage will install the absolutely newest unstable version of software that exists, unless it is hardmasked. So SL by default will pull in a TON of newer, less stable, but maybe more feature-rich packages than Gentoo does. I am not too familiar with how Gentoo packages its liveCD, but I recall that the most recent version was a FIASCO! Multiple posts on Gentoo warn users to stick with the 2006 live Cd rather than use the 2007 one. Not sure if this is true anymore, it's been a while since I cared about livecds as I just keep doing world updates. Moral of the story, why do you think Fabio created this distro if Gentoo worked OOTB previously :mrgreen: It's because Gentoo causes too many headaches for no good reason for reasons of "philosophy". Don't get me wrong, I am more of a gentoo nut now, more than any time previously in my linux career, but I understand its limitations and issues. If anything, SL has made more appreciate Gentoo even more than anything else. It makes getting into Gentoo like slowly wading into deeper water, it allows you some adjusting time.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby lakedude » Fri Mar 21, 2008 0:08

Well thanks Fabio Erculiani and thanks chickpea!

I've been using Knoppix from a USB key for years now but this Sabayon install is my first attempt at a permanent install to a HD. I'm sure to be asking a bunch more stupid questions. Thanks again for the info.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby curse » Fri Mar 21, 2008 1:53

hi
I've tried to follow your guide, but unfortunatly I get stuck here
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localhost linux # module-rebuild rebuild
** Preparing to merge modules:
** Packages which I will emerge are:
        =media-video/ati-drivers-8.14.13-r5
        =media-video/ati-drivers-extra-8.14.13
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.19.10
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.20.8-r1
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.21.7
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.22.5
        =net-wireless/madwifi-driver-0.1473.20060312
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.8774
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.9625-r99
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.9626-r99
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.9629-r90
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.9742-r90
        =/nvidia-legacy-drivers-1.0.7184-r90
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-1.0.9631-r90
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-100.14.23-r10
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.42.3-r10
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.433-r10
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.443.1
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-169.07-r10
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-169.09-r10
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-169.09-r11
        =net-wireless/ndiswrapper-1.52
        =app-emulation/virtualbox-modules-1.5.4
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.455.2-r10
        =net-misc/et131x-1.2.3-r5
        =net-dialup/slmodem-2.9.11_pre20080126-r1
        =media-video/gspcav1-20071224
        =x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-169.12-r10
        =media-video/linux-uvc-0.1.0_pre173
        =x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.471.3-r10
        =net-wireless/madwifi-ng-9999-r1
5 4 3 2 1


!!! '=/nvidia-legacy-drivers-1.0.7184-r90' is not a valid package atom.
!!! Please check ebuild(5) for full details.
!!! (Did you specify a version but forget to prefix with '='?)
localhost linux #


any tip on how to get past this? I don't need any nvidia or ATI drivers on my computer, I use SL-3.5 loop2r1 x86_64 on a HP/Compaq 6720s laptop with celeron m530 64-bit, 2GB RAM, intel GL960 chip, intel X3100 gfx and the Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 02)
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Fri Mar 21, 2008 2:28

Yeah, you are having this issue:

Sometimes this will fail if old modules are still around, so you might need to reemerge your video drivers

I had to re-emerge my nvidia drivers because the old drivers were no longer in the portage tree

# emerge nvidia-drivers

OR

# emerge ati-drivers

and if it says that ati-drivers-<version> is unavailable, try

# module-rebuild del ati-drivers-<version>

If you still have problems, you can clean-out and renew your moduledb first like this

# rm /var/lib/module-rebuild/moduledb
# module-rebuild populate
# module-rebuild rebuild

(From the Wiki)
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby curse » Fri Mar 21, 2008 14:16

thanx, that worked

now I'm stuck at the same place clayton was before he found out what he made wrong(too bad he didn't type out what was wrong)

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localhost b43-fwcutter-011 # b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware /home/curse/Download/b43-fwcutter-011/wl_apsta_mimo.o
Cannot open input file /home/curse/Download/b43-fwcutter-011/wl_apsta_mimo.o
localhost b43-fwcutter-011 # b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware /home/curse/Download/b43-fwcutter-011/wl_apsta.o
Cannot open input file /home/curse/Download/b43-fwcutter-011/wl_apsta.o
localhost b43-fwcutter-011 #


oh, and I also had to use emerge 009 since 011 aint in portage, perhaps I should download the 009 tarball aswell?
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