Need help w/ bcm43xx-mac80211 issues? (ndiswrapper considered harmful )

Gene Heskett gene.heskett at
Mon Jun 4 14:20:24 UTC 2007

On Monday 04 June 2007, John W. Linville wrote:
>First, the issue that lots of people are having...if you are getting
>the "YOUR FIRMWARE IS TOO OLD" issue, I recommend that you follow
>this procedure:
>	# you need to be root
>	wget
>	tar -xjvf broadcom-wl-
>	bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/ broadcom-wl-
Since that was a newer driver than the 4.40.1 that came with xp, I did this.  
But the net result is still the same, dhcp times out.  The logged messages 
appear to be identical while its failing.  See my other, very lengthy post 
for those please.

>That should fix things for most people.  However, some people still
>need/want to use the older driver even on devices that are (or should
>be) supported by the newer driver.  If you are in this situation,
>I recommend this procedure:
>	# save the file attached to this email as "bcm43xx-old-config"
>	# you need to be root
>	./bcm43xx-old-config
>The internals of that file look a little hairy, so I don't want people
>having to type the commands themselves... :-)  Anyway, the second
>procedure is ONLY for those who have completed the first procedure and
>find the bcm43xx-mac80211 driver to be unacceptable.  This includes
>_some_ bcm4318 users and apparently a _few_ bcm4306 users.  This should
>keep most of you from having to use an unsupportable alternative
>like ndiswrapper.
It would be nice indeed if ndiswrapper would work, but its lsmod displayed use 
count is 0.  If someone who has it working would please post that snippet of 
their lsmod report so I could compare, I'd appreciate it.


Cheers, Gene
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