Second, my wireless card is the infamous Broadcom, more specifically BCM4313. I know from experience with other distributions that I need the wl (WL) driver for the wireless to work, the open source b43 driver does not support BCM4313. I just installed SL8 with gnome 3; the Network tab in System Settings does not even have a wireless option, just wired and proxy.
I did search the forums and did google extensively but nothing I tried works so here I am. For example I looked at the following post
viewtopic.php?f=52&t=26485 and the solution from the wiki http://wiki.sabayon.org/index.php?title ... b43_driver that seems to be working for other people but did not work for me. When I blacklist ssb, b43, brcmsmac nothing happens; when I blacklist bcma I cannot boot into sabayon 8 at all. Booting into recovery mode shows that the boot hangs on "Waiting for uevents to be processed."
When I run lspci -k it shows
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Driver in use bcma-pci-bridge Kernel modules wl, bcma
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kernel modules wl, bcma
I tried to build the wl driver (I have the tar.gz on a USB just for such occasions) but get errors after make so I reckon I need some libraries I don't have yet. For the driver and instructions how to build it I've always used the Broadcom page at http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php
So basically my questions are 1) Why blacklisting bcma hangs the boot process and what to do about it; 2) what libraries to I need to build from source in SL8 (the Broadcom page refers to needing the "kernel developer or kernel source package" and 3) (that's completely unrelated) how do I get rid of the loud annoying beep whenever I reboot?
Thanks and let me know if I should post more info.