[svlug] Fedora 12 wireless hell

Rick Moen rick at linuxmafia.com
Fri Apr 23 10:43:19 PDT 2010

Quoting David Rosenstrauch (darose at darose.net):

> Yes, of course.
> The problem I ran into was actually very odd:  if my machine was already 
> booted up, and then I unloaded the wl module, and loaded b43, then b43 
> would work fine.  But on a fresh boot b43 wouldn't work - network was 
> dead.  I spent an hour or so trying to figure out cause/solution and 
> eventually gave up, as this is my work laptop and I had work to do.

Does sound bizarre -- obviously a hardware initialisation problem.
Could have been just a matter of not a sufficiently recent version of
the driver and surrounding kernel code:  Now that I look up the
"wireless" pages at kernel.org, it appears that full support was
introduced only with kernel revision 2.6.33.


Unfortunately, Broadcom is among the hardware manufacturers least
cooperative with the open source community, so reverse-engineering of
each chipset's programming interface is required.

(The best thing about miniPCI cards is that you can extract those
suckers and replace them if they're from companies like Broadcom.  ;->)

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