New thread, broadcom 802-11 related
Wolfgang S. Rupprecht
wolfgang+gnus200604 at dailyplanet.dontspam.wsrcc.com
Tue Apr 18 21:09:00 BST 2006
Gene Heskett <gene.heskett at verizon.net> writes:
> Trying to make the broadcom 802-11g BCM4318 chipset in an HP Pavilion
> dc5320us lappy with an AMD turion cpu in it, running FC5 in the x86
> (not x86-64, that wouldn't even start to install).
Inspired by your travails I decided to try to get the BCM4318 in my
Turion HP/Compaq v5000z running under FC5/x86_64.
(NB: I had previously added livna to the list of repo's.)
yum install ntfs
mount -r -t ntfs /dev/hda1 /mnt/ntfs
yum install ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper -i bcmw15.inf
It turns out this driver only works for 32-bit kernels. The 64-bit
kernel needed the 64-bit ms-windows drivers. (Getting ntfs running
was useful even if this was a dead end in terms of the wireless.)
Next was to grab some 64-bit drivers from here:
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
Then the next problem hit. The drivers expected a certain pci card ID
("4318") . My card's ID was "1" greater than it expected ("4319").
This was discovered via:
lspci -n -vvv
I then added the ID alias with:
ndiswrapper -d 14e4:4319 bcmwl5
At this point the driver was functional and a reboot showed that it
did show up as "wlan0".
system-configure-network was useless at finding the new interface. It
didn't even offer any reasonable choices for wireless chips. I ended
up letting it make an "eth1" with some incorrect chip just as a
placeholder. I then moved the 3 copies of the files to the name
"wlan0" as below:
(These files should all be hard links to the same physical file.)
Probably it would have been faster to just write the ifcfg-wlan0 file
directly. Here is mine, lightly edited to remove IP's and passwords:
$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-wlan0
# broadcom bcm4318 wireless
# Please read /usr/share/doc/initscripts-*/sysconfig.txt
# for the documentation of these parameters.
# autonegotiated IPV6 addr is broken on wlan0 - added by hand.
And the WEP keys go into a mode 400 file with 3 hard links to the
$ cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/keys-wlan0
Upon rebooting everything came up. It is still annoying that ipv6
auto-configuration doesn't work, but at least one can beat it into
submission via a configuring by hand.
One last note: I run my own named since I found most public DNS
servers at ISP's to be quite old and rickety. One will want to turn
on peerdns via "USEPEERDNS=1" if the laptop doesn't have a local named
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