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Thread: BMC4310: drivers, firmware installed, dont' work

  1. #1
    gimli-of-gloin NNTP User

    Default BMC4310: drivers, firmware installed, dont' work

    I'm trying to set up wlan with a Broadcom BCM4310 on an Acer Extensa 5220 with OpenSuse 10.2.

    Following the instructions in "My wireless doesn't work" in this forum I did and checked:

    As far as I can see the driver and the firmware are in place
    # find -iname *43xx*
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_microcode2.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval04.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval09.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval05.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval02.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval06.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_microcode5.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval03.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval10.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval08.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_pcm5.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval07.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_pcm4.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_microcode11.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_initval01.fw
    ./lib/firmware/bcm43xx_microcode4.fw
    ./lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx
    ./lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx.ko

    lspci finds the card
    # lspci
    ...
    04:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller (rev 01)
    ...

    # lspci -n
    ...
    04:00.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4315 (rev 01)

    Than I looked for kernel-messages
    # dmesg |less
    no information about the card was to be found

    So I tried
    # modprobe -v bcm43xx
    insmod /lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211_crypt.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/kernel/net/ieee80211/ieee80211.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/kernel/net/ieee80211/softmac/ieee80211softmac.ko
    insmod /lib/modules/2.6.18.2-34-default/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx.ko

    # dmesg | grep 43xx
    bcm43xx driver

    But still I get:

    # iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.
    irda0 no wireless extensions.
    eth0 no wireless extensions.
    sit0 no wireless extensions.

    What next?

    Thank you for any help

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    Default Re: BMC4310: drivers, firmware installed, dont' work

    gimli-of-gloin wrote:
    >
    > What next?
    >
    > Thank you for any help


    Unfortunately, the BCM4310 is not yet supported by b43. The reverse
    engineering is in progress, but it will be some time before the code
    is ready. In the meantime, you will have to run ndiswrapper using the
    Windows driver. If your system is x86_64, this may be a problem. My
    computer came from the factory with that card. When I tried the 64-bit
    Windows driver, the computer crashed repeatedly. My fix was to go to
    my shelf, get a BCM4311/2 that I had there and put it in to use b43.
    Of course the BIOS complained due to HP's white listing. That was
    handled with a relatively risky procedure that I will not describe
    here. If you use a 32-bit kernel, it should be as OK as ndiswrapper
    ever gets.

    Larry

  3. #3
    gimli-of-gloin NNTP User

    Default Re: BMC4310: drivers, firmware installed, dont' work

    Thank you!

    Thomas

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