HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Fri Mar 21, 2008 15:26

hmm, yeah I am not sure what is going on here. You did extract the tarball correct?

Maybe you need to tweak the permissions of the firmware files? Don't know what is going on here.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby curse » Fri Mar 21, 2008 16:31

sorry about that, it's just me being tired and stupid and don't follow the instruction correct, I forgot the
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Use version 4.80.53.0 of Broadcom's proprietary driver.
Download and extract the firmware from this driver tarball:

export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0/kmod
../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta.o

part, now it worked.. I'll get back if I stumble over more problems, thanx for your help
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Sat Apr 12, 2008 16:21

Wow, I don't know what I did, but a recent world update has my wireless working like GANGBUSTERS! Throughput is hella faster, firefox is working REAL well and its a more stable connection. I didn't change any of the Broadcom specific packages/drivers and whatnot. For some reason however, the world update that I just did yesterday, really helped out. good things for those of us with these cards.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby southwisper » Fri Apr 18, 2008 20:24

Is it supposed to take extremely long time after quiting xconfig?

ct linux # genkernel --kernel-config=/usr/src/config --xconfig --bootloader=grub --splash=sabayon all
* Gentoo Linux Genkernel; Version 3.4.9
* Running with options: --kernel-config=/usr/src/config --xconfig --bootloader=grub --splash=sabayon all

* Linux Kernel 2.6.24-sabayon for x86...
* kernel: >> Running mrproper...
* config: Using config from /usr/src/config
* Previous config backed up to .config.bak
* >> Running oldconfig...
* kernel: >> Cleaning...
* config: >> Invoking xconfig...
* >> Compiling 2.6.24-sabayon bzImage...


nothing happens.. Do I go on to the next step or what?

Appreciate the help!
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Fri Apr 18, 2008 20:30

yeah it's building your kernel wait patiently, make some tea, depending on your system it could be awhile.

Incidentally, why not just install the new linux-sabayon-2.6.25 kernel and you won't have to worry about patching it.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby southwisper » Fri Apr 18, 2008 20:47

Ok, thanks :)

You mean the first step right?

This happened when I tried that:

ct wasp # emerge -av =sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-2.6.25

These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating dependencies /
emerge: there are no ebuilds to satisfy "=sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-2.6.25".

ct wasp # emerge -av =sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.25

These are the packages that would be merged, in order:

Calculating dependencies \
emerge: there are no ebuilds to satisfy "=sys-kernel/gentoo-sources-2.6.25".

Unless you have a tip, I'll just follow the 2.6.24 instructions
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Fri Apr 18, 2008 21:14

yeah try doing a
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layman -S && emerge --sync


first that way you have portage and overlay synced. CAVEAT. I have just discovered that nvidia-driver will not build for some reason with the new kernel. More to come. So you may want to hold off before using the new kernel.
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby southwisper » Fri Apr 18, 2008 21:19

Another stop :/

ct linux # module-rebuild rebuild
** Preparing to merge modules:
** Packages which I will emerge are:
=app-emulation/virtualbox-modules-1.5.4
=app-laptop/acerhk-0.5.35
=media-video/gspcav1-20071224
=media-video/linux-uvc-0.1.0_pre173
=net-dialup/slmodem-2.9.11_pre20080126-r1
=net-misc/et131x-1.2.3-r5
=net-wireless/ndiswrapper-1.52
=sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-2.6.24
=x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.471.3-r10
=x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-169.12-r10
5 4 3 2 1

!!! All ebuilds that could satisfy "=app-emulation/virtualbox-modules-1.5.4" have been masked.
!!! One of the following masked packages is required to complete your request:
- app-emulation/virtualbox-modules-1.5.4 (masked by: )

For more information, see MASKED PACKAGES section in the emerge man page or
refer to the Gentoo Handbook.

What now?

First the nvidia driver was masked, but I followed one of your previous posts:

ct linux # rm /var/lib/module-rebuild/moduledb
ct linux # module-rebuild populate
No moduledb found...
Populating moduledb...
** Adding app-emulation/virtualbox-modules-1.5.4 to moduledb.
** Adding app-laptop/acerhk-0.5.35 to moduledb.
** Adding media-video/gspcav1-20071224 to moduledb.
** Adding media-video/linux-uvc-0.1.0_pre173 to moduledb.
** Adding net-dialup/slmodem-2.9.11_pre20080126-r1 to moduledb.
** Adding net-misc/et131x-1.2.3-r5 to moduledb.
** Adding net-wireless/ndiswrapper-1.52 to moduledb.
** Adding sys-kernel/linux-sabayon-2.6.24 to moduledb.
** Adding x11-drivers/ati-drivers-8.471.3-r10 to moduledb.
** Adding x11-drivers/nvidia-drivers-169.12-r10 to moduledb.

But now it's the emulation thing.. Bah..
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby chickpea » Fri Apr 18, 2008 21:24

ok now so redo a module-rebuild rebuild

If it gets hung up on any module just emerge that module individually.

So if it barfs on virtualbox

just emerge virtualbox
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Re: HOWTO: Broadcom Wireless cards With Native Drivers

Postby southwisper » Fri Apr 18, 2008 23:41

Thanks for all the help! It works like a charm!
Great HowTo :)

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