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    Exclamation Broadcom BCM43224 802.11 not working at all in 12.1

    In previous installs of 11.4 it would work out of the box. Not always well, until there was a kernel upgrade at which point it was better than the proprietary driver.

    I just installed 12.1 (Gnome3), and it was using the b43 driver. I installed the firmware, and it worked... but in-stably. It also wouldn't show the networks in the list. So I installed the wl driver from Packman, and now it isn't working at all.

    Ideally I'd like to go back to using the OSS driver it used once upon a time (brcm80211 was what it was called in 11.4). Either way, kinda need that working since this is a netbook.

    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 01)

    linux-icu6:/home/roger # lsmod | grep wl
    wl 2447112 0

    Thankfully I do have my Broadband working.

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    Default Re: Broadcom BCM43224 802.11 not working at all in 12.1

    On 04/19/2012 11:46 PM, Shadowolf7 wrote:
    >
    > In previous installs of 11.4 it would work out of the box. Not always
    > well, until there was a kernel upgrade at which point it was better than
    > the proprietary driver.
    >
    > I just installed 12.1 (Gnome3), and it was using the b43 driver. I
    > installed the firmware, and it worked... but in-stably. It also wouldn't
    > show the networks in the list. So I installed the wl driver from
    > Packman, and now it isn't working at all.
    >
    > Ideally I'd like to go back to using the OSS driver it used once upon a
    > time (brcm80211 was what it was called in 11.4). Either way, kinda need
    > that working since this is a netbook.
    >
    > 03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n
    > (rev 01)
    >
    > linux-icu6:/home/roger # lsmod | grep wl
    > wl 2447112 0


    You can still use driver brcm80211 - it now is called brcmsmac. You will need to
    blacklist b43 and get rid of wl. In addition, you will need the kernel-firmware
    package.


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    Default Re: Broadcom BCM43224 802.11 not working at all in 12.1

    I just figured it out before I checked my e-mail. Apparently the DVD installer goofs and forgets to add the kernel-firmware. Having installed lw the b43 was blacklisted. All I had to do was remove wl, and add kernel-firmware then boom it worked perfect after a reboot.

    Strange though that wl didn't work at all whereas it will work usually, though having issues with a select few networks. Brcmsmac is superior anyway.

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