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Re: nm vs wireless on my lappy



On Wednesday 10 January 2007 22:00, David Hollis wrote:
>On Wed, 2007-01-10 at 19:55 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> On Wednesday 10 January 2007 18:13, David Hollis wrote:
>> >On Wed, 2007-01-10 at 16:48 -0500, Gene Heskett wrote:
>> >> Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Firmware: no support for
>> >> microcode
>> >> rev > 0x128
>> >
>> >I don't know anything about the bcm43xx driver, but this line does
>> > seem interesting.  Do you have the extracted firmware available?
>>
>> The 'extracted firmware' would be what is wrapped up in ndiswrapper.
>> There is also an alpha quality driver in the kernel tree, and that is
>> the one that is the src of that particular message.  The extracted
>> windows driver doesn't report that.
>
>Check out http://bcm43xx.berlios.de/
>
Hmm, it would appear we've /.'d them.

However, I believe I did that last spring, using the driver directly from 
the windows partition, and that all the files are now resident 
in /lib/firmware.  Here is a listing of that directory:

total 7352
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  757760 Nov 28  2005 bcm1xsup.dll
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root    9948 Nov 28  2005 bcm43xx.cat
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    3696 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval01.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root      16 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval02.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    3696 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval03.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root      16 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval04.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    2568 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval05.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     248 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval06.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    2568 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval07.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    2568 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval08.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     248 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval09.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     248 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_initval10.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   20200 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_microcode2.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   22352 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_microcode4.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   23184 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_microcode5.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    1312 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_pcm4.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    1312 Jul  7  2006 bcm43xx_pcm5.fw
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  658896 Nov 28  2005 bcmwl5.inf
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  379840 Feb 14  2006 bcmwl5.PNF
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  424320 Nov 28  2005 bcmwl5.sys
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root   81920 Nov 28  2005 bcmwliss.dll
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root   33664 Nov 28  2005 bcmwlnpf.sys
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root   69632 Nov 28  2005 bcmwlpkt.dll
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  122880 Nov 28  2005 bcmwls32.exe
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root   22672 Nov 28  2005 bcmwls.ini
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  176128 Nov 28  2005 bcmwlu00.exe
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root 2313329 Nov 28  2005 data1.cab
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root   36304 Nov 28  2005 data1.hdr
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root     512 Nov 28  2005 data2.cab
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  658896 Apr 17  2006 gene.inf
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  346602 Nov 28  2005 ikernel.ex_
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root    6200 Feb 14  2006 INFCACHE.1
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  168448 Nov 28  2005 is.exe
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  658896 Nov 28  2005 jene
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root      28 Nov 28  2005 launcher.ini
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root     417 Nov 28  2005 layout.bin
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root       0 Jan 10 22:29 ~lib-firm-dir-contents
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root   45056 Nov 28  2005 setup.exe
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root     595 Nov 28  2005 Setup.ini
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root  162610 Nov 28  2005 setup.inx
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root     628 Nov 28  2005 setup.iss
-rwxrw-rw- 1 root root    3485 Nov 28  2005 sp29842.cva


>You should find a bcm43xx-fwcutter utility (actually, it looks like its
>in Extras so you can yum it too).  Run that against the .SYS file you
>have from Windows to extract the firmware.  Then the bcm43xx driver
>should be able to operate and you can toss ndiswrapper out the window.

Does not the above satisfy the bcm43xx drivers firmware requirements?
Recall from the earlier post, that a "modprobe bcm43xx" returns no error 
on the cli, and that this is the log from that action:

Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: ieee80211: 802.11 data/management/control 
stack, git-1.1.13
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: ieee80211: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel 
Corporation <jketreno linux intel com>
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx driver
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:03:02.0[A] -> Link 
[LNKF] -> GSI 10 (level, low) -> IRQ 10
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Chip ID 0x4318, rev 0x2
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Number of cores: 4
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Core 0: ID 0x800, rev 0xd, vendor 
0x4243, enabled
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Core 1: ID 0x812, rev 0x9, vendor 
0x4243, disabled
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Core 2: ID 0x804, rev 0xc, vendor 
0x4243, enabled
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Core 3: ID 0x80d, rev 0x7, vendor 
0x4243, enabled
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: PHY connected
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Detected PHY: Version: 3, Type 2, 
Revision 7
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Detected Radio: ID: 8205017f 
(Manuf: 17f Ver: 2050 Rev: 8)
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Radio turned off
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Radio turned off
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: ASSERTION FAILED (0) at: 
net/ieee80211/softmac/ieee80211softmac_wx.c:306:ieee80211softmac_wx_get_rate()
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: empty ratesinfo?
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: empty ratesinfo?
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: set security called, .level = 
0, .enabled = 0, .encrypt = 0
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: Associate: Scanning for networks 
first.
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: Associate: failed to initiate 
scan. Is device up?
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: PHY connected
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Microcode rev 0x13f, pl 0x66 
(2005-10-15  22:46:19)
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Firmware: no support for microcode 
rev > 0x128
Jan 10 16:04:21 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: core_up for active 802.11 core 
failed (-1)
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: empty ratesinfo?
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: empty ratesinfo?
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: set security called, .level = 
0, .enabled = 0, .encrypt = 0
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: Canceling existing associate 
request!
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: Associate: Scanning for networks 
first.
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: SoftMAC: Associate: failed to initiate 
scan. Is device up?
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Microcode rev 0x13f, pl 0x66 
(2005-10-15  22:46:19)
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: Firmware: no support for microcode 
rev > 0x128
Jan 10 16:04:38 diablo kernel: bcm43xx: core_up for active 802.11 core 
failed (-1)


It was the 004-1.fc5 version of that utility I used at the time.  I have 
NDI where I got it at the time, but obviously from the 'fc5' in its name, 
it is probably the one from extras.

So what do I do next?

Thanks.

-- 
Cheers, Gene
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