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Re: FC10 and NDISwrapper

John W. Linville wrote:
On Thu, May 07, 2009 at 10:30:13AM -0400, Bill Davidsen wrote:
Jerry Feldman wrote:
Rather than screw with NDISWrapper, are you using a BroadCom NIC?
There is a native Broadcom driver in F10, but you need to load the firmware. There is a utility called b43-fwcutter you would use to do this from the Windows driver. In any case, it might be better for you to describe your wireless chip and Dell model. Note that NDISWrapper is bith a driver (ndiswrapper.ko) as well as a command. But, in the case of Broadcom, it will conflict with the native driver.

Where do you D/L the firmware? Or even find the name of the firmware file to try and dig it out of Windows? The wireless web site has numbers for the firmware, but they haven't matched any filenames for most of the laptops I've used.

The instructions seem fairly clear here:


They are clear, but seem to only talk about the b43 and b43legacy drivers which still (FC11) don't support the bcm4410 NIC. There was a brief time when the driver used by NM thought it was a 4311 (or 4315, memory fades) NIC, but couldn't use it by any name.

The Broadcom site says that a driver for 4310/Linux is "being worked on," but that was claimed 15 months ago, so it isn't happening. Looks like ndiswrapper is still the only game in town.



P.S.  Note that you don't "dig it out of Windows", and that the
firmware to use does not depend on either your host CPU or the exact
wireless hardware.  Instead it depends on the kernel version and the
driver in use (i.e. b43 vs b43legacy).

Bill Davidsen <davidsen tmr com>
  "We have more to fear from the bungling of the incompetent than from
the machinations of the wicked."  - from Slashdot

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