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Thread: OpenSUSE 11.0 + BCM4310 finally working but . . .

  1. #1
    Graham P Davis NNTP User

    Default OpenSUSE 11.0 + BCM4310 finally working but . . .

    .. . . now it isn't!

    Yesterday, I finally got it working using ndiswrapper+bcmwl5.inf and
    NetworkManager. Actually worked better than 10.3 as it worked without a
    reboot being necessary. Should have known it was too good to last. Today, I
    can't get a connection.

    I've tried various re-configurations, including reverting to iup and
    disabling the ethernet connection. I thought this had worked when, on
    reboot, I saw from the messages that the BCM4310 was OK but it then
    rebooted! Several more reboots and more failures at various stages in the
    device setup - DHCP or microcode - and on the odd occasion when it's
    successful it reboots again!

    I have an HP530 and got the bcmwl5 firmware from HP - the XP version as
    Vista versions don't work with ndiswrapper.

    Any idea what I can try next?


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    Graham P Davis, Bracknell, Berks., UK. E-mail: newsman, not newsboy.


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    Default Re: OpenSUSE 11.0 + BCM4310 finally working but . . .

    have a read through this
    post, migh help especially page 3

    Andy
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    SuSE user since 7.0,Linux user since 1994

  3. #3
    Larry Finger NNTP User

    Default Re: OpenSUSE 11.0 + BCM4310 finally working but . . .

    Graham P Davis wrote:
    > . . . now it isn't!
    >
    > Yesterday, I finally got it working using ndiswrapper+bcmwl5.inf and
    > NetworkManager. Actually worked better than 10.3 as it worked without a
    > reboot being necessary. Should have known it was too good to last. Today, I
    > can't get a connection.
    >
    > I've tried various re-configurations, including reverting to iup and
    > disabling the ethernet connection. I thought this had worked when, on
    > reboot, I saw from the messages that the BCM4310 was OK but it then
    > rebooted! Several more reboots and more failures at various stages in the
    > device setup - DHCP or microcode - and on the odd occasion when it's
    > successful it reboots again!
    >
    > I have an HP530 and got the bcmwl5 firmware from HP - the XP version as
    > Vista versions don't work with ndiswrapper.
    >
    > Any idea what I can try next?


    Welcome to the Linux equivalent of "Blue Screens of Death" while
    running the Windows driver with ndiswrapper. Unfortunately, I don't
    have much to offer you. Broadcom does a really lousy job of error
    checking in their drivers, which is why you are getting the crashes. I
    know this because I'm currently working on the reverse engineering for
    the BCM4310.

    At the moment, roughly 1/3 of the routines needed to make the BCM4310
    and BCM4328 interfaces work have been translated. Once that is done,
    we will write the specifications for the LP and N PHYs and post them
    at http://bcm-v4.sipsolutions.net/. Finally, the code-writing part of
    the team will prepare the Linux driver. This is an involved process,
    but it works - just takes a long time.

    Larry

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