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

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:
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

# 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?

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