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  1. #91
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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    Ok, I got the driver to compile and load. It worked for a few minutes, then my computer locked up with a black screen. Now I don't have the option to enable wireless in the Network Manager any more. I can turn the wifi on and off, but Ubuntu doesn't seem to recognize it. I get:

    $ lshw -C network
    WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
    *-network UNCLAIMED
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    resources: memory:f8000000-f8003fff
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: NetLink BCM5784M Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 10
    serial: 00:26:b9:1f:a9:b0
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.110 firmware=sb v2.17 latency=0 multicast=yes
    resources: irq:49 memory:fc000000-fc00ffff

    Any hints?

  2. #92
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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    Got it working! For some reason the Broadcomm 43224 wouldn't respond in Windows or Ubuntu. I pulled it out, rebooted, shutdown, reinstalled the card, rebooted, and everything worked! Thanks for all the help.

    Dell Studio XPS 1640 w/ Broadcomm 43224

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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    I have successfully compiled and using the brcm80211 on dell vostro 3500 running ubuntu 10.10AMd64

    I had the usual first time boot hang but it looks stable now

    my only problem is with these log lines in kernel/messages logs

    08 phat kernel: [ 2681.629290] Short CCK
    Jan 29 16:38:08 phat kernel: [ 2681.683154] Short CCK
    Jan 29 16:38:08 phat kernel: [ 2681.731278] Short CCK
    Jan 29 16:38:08 phat kernel: [ 2681.780978] Short CCK
    Jan 29 16:38:08 phat kernel: [ 2681.830844] Short CCK
    Jan 29 16:38:08 phat kernel: [ 2681.876783] Short CCK


    24.520837] wl0: wlc_d11hdrs_mac80211: AC_BE txop exceeded phylen 214/256 dur 2218/1504
    Jan 29 17:32:52 phat kernel: [ 24.569903] wl0: wlc_d11hdrs_mac80211: AC_BE txop exceeded phylen 201/256 dur 2114/1504


    seems to be filling up and increasing the size of my log files. I did some google search and found a bug to do with the brcm80211 driver but I want to know if any one experiences same.

    could it be my BIOS needing upgrade? as pls help

    thanks

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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    hi everyone,

    cannot confirm this worked, but:

    If you get the ERROR 2 and other errors when you do "make", it is because

    You Must Add The Code At The End, (NOT at the beginning!)
    [also I suggest to use gedit instead of nano!] =)

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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    I did everything according to instruction, but the computer still isnt associating the driver with the card. The module initializes fine, no errors reported, but it still doesnt associate with the NIC
    lspci -v output:
    Code:
    02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 145c
    	Flags: fast devsel, IRQ 17
    	Memory at 90100000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel modules: wl, brcm80211
    it doesnt show up on rfkill list,
    and lshw -C network outputs this:
    Code:
    *-network UNCLAIMED     
           description: Network controller
           product: BCM4313 802.11b/g LP-PHY
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
           version: 01
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: cap_list
           configuration: latency=0
           resources: memory:90100000-90103fff
    Any help? I uninstalled and blacklisted b43, b43legacy, the proprietary drivers, and wl.

    Almost forgot, running ubuntu 10.10 on an HP g56, single core amd x64 processor, 2gb ram.
    Last edited by shiman6; February 1st, 2011 at 08:43 AM.
    "In a world without walls and fences, who needs Windows and Gates?"

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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    Is this working on 10.04 LTS?
    I tried both cloning de repository and also downloading just de right snapshot, and god the same error:

    Code:
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c: In function ‘wl_ops_config’:
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:296: error: ‘IEEE80211_CONF_CHANGE_MONITOR’ undeclared (first use in this function)
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:296: error: (Each undeclared identifier is reported only once
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:296: error: for each function it appears in.)
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c: In function ‘wl_ampdu_action’:
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:591: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘ieee80211_start_tx_ba_cb_irqsafe’ from incompatible pointer type
    include/net/mac80211.h:2027: note: expected ‘struct ieee80211_hw *’ but argument is of type ‘struct ieee80211_vif *’
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:595: warning: passing argument 1 of ‘ieee80211_stop_tx_ba_cb_irqsafe’ from incompatible pointer type
    include/net/mac80211.h:2068: note: expected ‘struct ieee80211_hw *’ but argument is of type ‘struct ieee80211_vif *’
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c: At top level:
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:614: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:615: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:628: error: unknown field ‘sta_add’ specified in initializer
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:628: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:629: error: unknown field ‘sta_remove’ specified in initializer
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:629: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:630: warning: initialization from incompatible pointer type
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c: In function ‘wl_check_firmwares’:
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:1817: warning: format ‘%d’ expects type ‘int’, but argument 3 has type ‘size_t’
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:1817: warning: format ‘%d’ expects type ‘int’, but argument 4 has type ‘long unsigned int’
    /home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.c:1822: warning: format ‘%d’ expects type ‘int’, but argument 3 has type ‘size_t’
    make[2]: ** [/home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1/sys/wl_mac80211.o] Erro 1
    make[1]: ** [_module_/home/ibfelzmann/linux-next-a694cb1] Erro 2
    make[1]: Saindo do diretório `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.32-28-generic'
    make: ** [default] Erro 2
    I_Am_Einstein said "If you get the ERROR 2 and other errors when you do "make", it is because You Must Add The Code At The End, (NOT at the beginning!)". For sure, I am adding it at the end of the file.

    Code:
    12:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4353] (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:000e]
        Control: I/O- Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR- FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 17
        Region 0: Memory at fbd00000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: wl
        Kernel modules: wl
    
      *-network               
           description: Wireless interface
           product: Broadcom Corporation
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:12:00.0
           logical name: eth1
           version: 01
           serial: 5c:ac:4c:97:2e:5e
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=wl1 driverversion=5.60.48.36 ip=192.168.1.103 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abgn
           resources: irq:17 memory:fbd00000-fbd03fff
    The card is working with wl driver, but the connection is very slow and unstable...

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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    The Makefile seems to have changed in the newer version, it won't compile with the old edits.

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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    I'm running BCM43224 (macbookpro 6,2) and I've been having random system crashes after updating the driver as described in this guide.

    I found this patch, https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/504981/ which may or may not be my problem. As the problem is random, I won't know for a few days but figured I would share in case others were having problems.

    EDIT-1:
    Here's a fixed makefile though, I have verified it makes a *.ko, but I have not yet tried the module: REMOVED (see below)

    You will also need to open brcmsmac/wl_dbg.h and change the code near the top like below
    //#define WL_NONE(fmt, args...) no_printk(fmt, ##args)
    #define WL_NONE(...)

    NOTE: Above is a quick and dirty hack, probably a better idea to actually add the right no_printk include, but I'm getting redefinition errors.

    EDIT-2:
    I have verified module works on my machine, for at least my chipset

    EDIT-3:
    See post #101 for simpler, and fixed directions http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...&postcount=101
    Last edited by goldeneyexs; February 12th, 2011 at 03:53 PM.

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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    Quote Originally Posted by juanfpina View Post
    The Makefile seems to have changed in the newer version, it won't compile with the old edits.
    I've seen that as well, I really don't know how to solve the problem

  10. #100
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    Re: New brcm80211 driver guide for Broadcom wireless cards

    goldeneyesx:
    You makefile is just a blank text :S
    Is the driver working in your system without any crash?
    I could use it under Debian Squeeze (the driver is included by default...), just installing the firmware from Squeeze non-free repository. But it caused many crashes on my system. That patch should work, I think, but I don't know how to aply it (may I edit the source code, maybe?).
    Anyway, I downloaded the Broadcom STA driver (wl) directly from Broadcom website. It is a little more up-to-date (sorry for my English ) than the one I was using in Lucid, but seems to be much more stable...

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