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Thread: Broadcom wireless problem, NDISwrapper and b43 driver fail

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    Default Broadcom wireless problem, NDISwrapper and b43 driver fail

    I asked this on the mailing list and only got one reply that did not work, and I need to figure this out I can't have my laptop connected through the Ethernet port all the time. According to dmesg I have a "b43-phy0: Broadcom 4311 WLAN found
    Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PMLR, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]" and the first way I tried to install the driver is with NDISwrapper by hand, same way I did in the previous two version of SUSE, and it didn't get my wireless card working. NDISwrapper -l prints this:

    Code:
    bcmwl5 : driver installed
    device (14E4:4311) present (alternate driver: ssb)
    In the past it listed bcm43xx as the alternate driver now it is this ssb thing. Any ways, giving up on NDISwrapper I tried b43-fwcutter on my firmware but that is not supported by b43-fwcutter

    Code:
    SE-03:~/Broadcom driver/tmp # b43-fwcutter bcmwl5.sys
    Sorry, the input file is either wrong or not supported by b43-fwcutter.
    This file has an unknown MD5sum 30d20fc98bcfd52e1da778cf19b223d4.
    So moving back to NDISwrapper, this time using the NDISinstaller GUI... well that has been stuck on writing the module for over an hour.

    Can someone else suggest anything else to try? I am a college student and rely heavily on working wifi, which really had not been a problem until this release.
    "We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure." Karl Popper

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    Default Re: Broadcom wireless problem, NDISwrapper and b43 driver fa

    Well I got it working with the b43 driver, don't ask how because I don't really know myself i just did it.
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    Default Re: Broadcom wireless problem, NDISwrapper and b43 driver fa

    This article from Linux Wireless was very useful.
    I no longer require the ndiswrapper for using the b43 on my Dell Latitude D510.
    As a result the device is fully functional at boot time and there is no wait time to connect to my network once I've logged in.

    b43 - Linux Wireless

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    Larry Finger NNTP User

    Default Re: Broadcom wireless problem, NDISwrapper and b43 driver fail

    vendion wrote:
    > Well I got it working with the b43 driver, don't ask how because I don't
    > really know myself i just did it.


    If you go back to your old log messages in /var/log/messages, you will
    see that the b43 driver was complaining about the firmware not being
    available. What you must have done was get it installed.

    The message about the bad md5sum resulted because b43-fwcutter does
    not support _EVERY_ version of the Broadcom drivers. The reason that
    ndiswrapper switched from bcm43xx to ssb as the alternative driver is
    that the new drivers (b43 and b43legacy) have the PCI interface in
    ssb. Glue code in ssb selects the proper version based on the revision
    number of the 802.11 core in the device.

    Congratulations on getting b43 working. With your BCM4311, the
    open-source driver is faster and more reliable than the Windows driver.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Broadcom wireless problem, NDISwrapper and b43 driver fa

    Well I had the firmware installed on my first try with the b43 driver, but still no luck. I don't know what was different about this time but what ever it was I'm glad it happened.
    "We must plan for freedom, and not only for security, if for no other reason than only freedom can make security more secure." Karl Popper

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