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Re: bcm43xx wireless drivers.



Quoting Jeff Vian <jvian10 charter net>:
On Wed, 2006-09-06 at 01:01 +1000, Steven Haigh wrote:
Has anyone managed to get a BCM4306 wifi card working with rawhide?
I've been trying for quite a while, and with just about every firmware
version I can locate but still not had any luck.

You are in luck.
I just went thru that with a card I was installing this week.

I followed the instructions from here,
http://www.fedoraforum.org/forum/showthread.php?t=115572
which is linked to from here:
http://www.stanton-finley.net/fedora_core_5_installation_notes.html

I had to use the driver gotten in the 80211g.zip package from the link
on that page because the version on my CD would not create the proper
firmware package.

I tried the bcmwl5.sys on the 80211g.zip file, and it locked my machine hard on trying to load X.

Errors with:
BUG: soft lockup detected on CPU#0!
 [<c04051ee>] show_trace_log_lvl+0x58/0x171
 [<c0405802>] show_trace+0xd/0x10
 [<c040591b>] dump_stack+0x19/0x1b
 [<c0450d37>] softlockup_tick+0xa5/0xb9
 [<c042d998>] run_local_timers+0x12/0x14
 [<c042dd17>] update_process_times+0x3c/0x61
 [<c041740b>] smp_local_timer_interrupt+0x2e/0x31
 [<c0407b53>] timer_interrupt+0x50/0x79
 [<c0450fa8>] handle_IRQ_event+0x20/0x4d
 [<c0451069>] __do_IRQ+0x94/0xef
 [<c040678d>] do_IRQ+0x9e/0xbd
 [<c0404a49>] common_interrupt+0x25/0x2c
DWARF unwinder stack at common_interrupt+0x25/0x2c
Leftover inexact backtrace:
 =======================

The machine is then dead.

With the latest kernel (2.6.17-1.2617.2.1.fc6), I don't even seem to
get a list of AP's that are around. From a quick google, it looks as
though the bcm43xx driver might be a fair bit out of the actual
bcm43xx development - as there seems to be a patch back in July that
*may* fix this IRQ issue.

I am using FC5 with kernel 2.6.17-1.2174_FC5

dmesg shows the following:

Is anyone successfully using this card? Mine is in a Dell Inspiron
8600 laptop.
My system is a desktop and the card is an AirLink PCI card.

This could be the difference.

--
Steven Haigh

Email: netwiz crc id au
Web: http://www.crc.id.au
Phone: (03) 9017 0597 - 0412 935 897


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