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MaddMatt
February 4th, 2009, 12:50 PM
Hi All;

I've been flopping between ndiswrapper and broadcom due to the freezes that the broadcom driver caused with previous kernels. Now that I'm on 2.6.27-11 I decided to give it another shot, but nothin' doing:

'Hardware drivers' Reports that the driver is "activated but not currently in use".

lsmod doesn't list a 'wl' driver, however it does list bcm drivers:

~$ lsmod |grep bcm
bcm5974 17152 0
usbcore 175888 8 bcm5974,uvcvideo,appleir,btusb,usbhid,ehci_hcd,uhc i_hcd


I tried removing the bcm drivers with modprobe and it disabled my trackpad, so not the right thing to do. ha!

Anyway, trying to manually add the 'wl' driver to modprobe gives me this error:

$ sudo modprobe -a wl
FATAL: Error inserting wl (/lib/modules/2.6.27-11-generic/volatile/wl.ko): Invalid module format
WARNING: Error running install command for wl


So I'm kind of stymied.
Any ideas?


Here are some more outputs.


~$ lshw -C Network
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
*-network UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: BCM4328 802.11a/b/g/n
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
version: 05
width: 64 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list
configuration: latency=0



~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

pan0 no wireless extensions.


Also on a somewhat related note, ndiswrapper stopped working too- is the bcmwl5.inf correct for 64-bit as well?

Thanks for the help,
m

cyberdork33
February 4th, 2009, 02:47 PM
well it would make sense since the bcm5974 driver is your trackpad driver :)

the open broadcom drivers are:
b43
b43-legacy
bcm43xx

Did you ever compile the wl driver yourself or with a script? Maybe if you remove it from the hard ware drivers dialog and then add it back again. (otherwise reinstall from the commandline, but I am not sure of the package name.)

for ndiswrapper and 64 bit, you have to use the 64bit windows driver. The 32bit and 64bit versions of the same driver are usually included in the same bundle. I can't remember if there is a separate inf file for the 64bit as it has been so long since I have used ndiswrapper.

Phis
June 4th, 2009, 11:56 PM
this is what i did to get it working, i shut off my card manually, the activation button on the side of my laptop. Then I went to hardware driver menu and desactivated and re-activated the driver. restarted. started the wireless card.

cyberdork33
June 5th, 2009, 02:27 AM
this is what i did to get it working, i shut off my card manually, the activation button on the side of my laptop. Then I went to hardware driver menu and desactivated and re-activated the driver. restarted. started the wireless card.
Macs don't have a hardware button like that, but I have heard that you can disable the driver, reboot, and reenable (and reboot again) and it should work.

Matt3223
August 16th, 2009, 06:51 AM
Macs don't have a hardware button like that, but I have heard that you can disable the driver, reboot, and reenable (and reboot again) and it should work.

Just got Jaunty installed on my early 2008 MacBook....had this exact problem and this sequence worked like a charm!

Thanks cyberdork!!