bcm43xx help

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Postby compasspnt » Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:25

cvill64 wrote:you can actually just upgrade your kernel right now, follow the howto in the tutorial section, and readd bcm43xx support into the kernel to test it


Thanks.

I (think I) upgraded the kernel following the howto. Still nothing.

iwconfig shows no wlan.

Is there another command step to "readd bcm...support into the kernel?"

Also, if one installs clean from DVD, does the "Upgrade Install" used first upgrade to this new kernel?

Thanks again.
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Postby cvill64 » Sat Sep 23, 2006 3:31

the 3.0 stable dvd is 2.6.17, you can only do upgrades using the dvd

Did you remember to modprobe for bcm43xx ?

If ist still not working, follow the howto and see if ndiswrapper will work better with the newer kernel
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Postby compasspnt » Sat Sep 23, 2006 6:03

# modprobe bcm4318
FATAL: Module bcm4318 not found.


This despite following (I think) all instructions from this thread, as well as the MiniEdition bcm... and the "tried this on several distro's" one.

Will try the ndisw again.

BTW, I really enjoy working on Sabayon. It seems very "right." (Except of course for this wireless bugaboo.)

But it will happen.

You have done an excellent job.

Thanks again.

PS: When (and if) one of these things actually does fix the driver/bcm problem, will KNetMan automatically just recognise the wlan, or will one have to see it in Settings>Internet>Wireless Network, or how to know and setup/configure the wlan?
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Postby compasspnt » Sat Sep 23, 2006 7:54

Hmmmm...

When upgrading the kernel, what do you do at this point:

"LINUX KERNEL CONFIGURATION

Arrow keys navigate the menu. <Enter> selects submenus --->. │
│ Highlighted letters are hotkeys. Pressing <Y> includes, <N> excludes, │
│ <M> modularizes features. Press <Esc><Esc> to exit, <?> for Help, </> │
│ for Search. Legend: [*] built-in [ ] excluded <M> module <..."

This is the gray box thingy...
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Postby cvill64 » Sat Sep 23, 2006 15:56

That's where you can actually reconfigure your kernel specifically for your machine, but I suggest just exciting unless you know what you're doing :)

Eventually when you learn more, it becomes very simple to recompile a kernel, but don't worry about that right now ;)
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Postby compasspnt » Sat Sep 23, 2006 20:24

Im' not giving up, really I'm not...

But just for interest, is there a specific USB wireless card unit that is KNOWN to be recognised by and work with SL?
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Postby cvill64 » Sat Sep 23, 2006 20:26

almost all of them work to my knowledge, its just the bcm43xx support in gnu/linux lang is still crap for some odd reason
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Postby pxc » Sat Sep 23, 2006 21:12

cvill64 wrote:almost all of them work to my knowledge, its just the bcm43xx support in gnu/linux lang is still crap for some odd reason


Broadcom support in general is crap (on any OS). Most Broadcom cards need drivers installed after installing Windows, even. It's just that the manufacturers install the drivers beforehand.
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Postby compasspnt » Thu Sep 28, 2006 18:39

"...is there a specific USB wireless card unit that is KNOWN to be recognised by and work with SL?"

cvill64 wrote:almost all of them work to my knowledge, its just the bcm43xx support in gnu/linux lang is still crap for some odd reason


Well, wouldn't you know it?

Living in a somewhat out-of-the-way place, I had a friend coming through go to Fry's and buy me a wireless-g usb plug-in. He chose the Linksys WUSB54GSC.

I plugged it inthis morning, eagerly anticipating wireless Sabayon at last. No card found.

Kinfocenter. USB.

There was the dreaded word: "Broadcom."

Still no joy.
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Postby cvill64 » Thu Sep 28, 2006 21:16

it might not use the broadcom 43xx driver though, most likely it doesn't ;)

window driver http://www.opendrivers.com/driver/23457 ... nload.html
use ndiswrapper and see if it works, either that, or take it back and get one that offers
decent linux support
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