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

Jarod Wilson jwilson at redhat.com
Tue May 1 21:29:32 UTC 2007

alan wrote:
> 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?

Its in the subject. :)


Jarod Wilson
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