bcm4318 - Can It Work with Newer Kernels?

TOONT toont0 at gmail.com
Wed Nov 21 07:04:28 UTC 2007

Maybe this link will be useful for you:
I have bcm4312 and it works perfect with bc43 on F8 (
without ndiswrapper.


On 21/11/2007, Kelly Miller <lightsolphoenix at gmail.com> wrote:
> Rick Bilonick wrote:
> > I'm running F6 (2.6.20-1.2962.fc6 kernel) and the bcm4318 works
> > perfectly with ndiswrapper using networkmanager or neat (works with wep
> > and wpa). It's stable and fast. With any newer kernel I need to use the
> > rev. 4 firmware. I finally found this firmware and used fwcutter to
> > extract and install it in /lib/firmware. It ALMOST works. NetworkManager
> > starts and tries to connect (dmesg shows that the radio is on and the
> > driver is loaded) but never connects. Worse it ALWAYS locks up the
> > system (can't even get to a console or open a terminal shell) and I have
> > to do a hard reboot. I'm running on a Dell Inspiron 2200 that has the
> > 4318 built in. I'm not sure why newer kernels would necessarily screw up
> > a working wireless card. Is there some way to use the older driver with
> > ndiswrapper and the newer kernels? I have not been able to get
> > ndiswrapper to work with this card and the newer kernels. I need to fix
> > this before I can consider moving to F8.
> >
> > Any suggestions on getting this to work would be appreciated. Any
> > suggestions for a wireless pccard would also be appreciated.
> >
> > Rick B.
> >
> Blacklist the bcm43xx driver and then you can simply use ndiswrapper in
> the usual way.
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