[Mageia-dev] RFC: dropping prebuilt broadcom-wl drivers

Sander Lepik sander.lepik at eesti.ee
Fri Dec 28 21:34:44 CET 2012

27.12.2012 18:28, Thomas Backlund kirjutas:
> Thomas Backlund skrev 27.12.2012 17:01:
> [...]
> Theese are exactly the same as the official beta1 isos,
> with only exceptions are the broadcom-wl tests:
> * No broadcom-wl drivers on iso, and no "wl" entries in ldetect-lst:
> http://distrib-coffee.ipsl.jussieu.fr/pub/linux/Mageia/people/tmb/mga3-beta1-wl-test/Mageia-3-beta1-no-wl-LiveCD-KDE4-en-i586-CD/
So i used this iso to test.

At first i saw such device reported for wifi connections:

Wireless (Wi-Fi)
Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n

Clicking on it prompted to install wl stuff. So no luck at first.

Then i checked dmesg and saw that b43 was loaded.

I ran rmmod on these modules: b43, brcmsmac, bcma

After that i blacklisted b43 in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-mga.conf and reloaded bcma.

Now i saw new interface wlan0 and i was able to configure it. But connection test failed.

I think it failed because wpa_supplicant was in bad mood. As i couldn't restart LiveCD i
just ran "service network restart". After that my laptop connected automatically and network
was usable.

So if wrong modules are blocked and correct ones loaded then everything seems to work.

Output of lspcidrake -v:
wl : Broadcom Corporation|BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n [NETWORK_OTHER] (vendor:14e4 device:4353
subv:1028 subd:000e) (rev: 01)


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