bcm43xx_mac80211 (was Re: Announcing Fedora 7 Test 4 (6.93))

alan alan at clueserver.org
Tue May 1 21:25:24 UTC 2007

On Tue, 1 May 2007, Will Woods wrote:

> On Tue, 2007-05-01 at 09:13 -0700, alan wrote:
>> The network config tools need some work.  (Especially for Wireless.)  I
>> have been trying to get my bcm4306 chipset wireless to work.  The network
>> tools don't see it.  (And I have the firmware that I used on FC6 with no
>> problems.)  The list of wireless cards in the drop down list seems very
>> old.  It needs to be updated to the currently supported list.  (As much as
>> wireless is at this point...)
> Yeah, you'll want to use NetworkManager to manage the device. First you
> will need firmware:
> 1) Install bcm43xx-fwcutter
> 2) Get a Broadcom-distributed driver to cut the firmware out of
> # See the list in /usr/share/doc/bcm43xx-fwcutter-006/README
> # For the newer driver you'll need 4.x firmware. I recommend:
> http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-
> 3) Unpack the driver and cut out the firmware
> # tar -jxvf broadcom-wl-*.tar.bz2
> # bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-*/kmod/wl_apsta.o

I already have the firmware, but it is the older version. I will get the 
new one and see if that works.

> You might have to blacklist the old driver first if you're using the new
> one:
> # echo 'blacklist bcm43xx' >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
> But at this point you should be able to reboot and have working
> wireless. Hooray!

What is the new driver name?

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