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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:20 am    Post subject: Broadcom in kernel? Reply with quote

I have aBCM4306 Rev3 card in an old laptop I am installing Gentoo on. I just got the base system installed and my locales and such done. I intend on merging linux-firmware and then gentoo-sources so I can copy the firmware into my kernel. The thing is, I am not sure how to go about this. I did this once already and did not see the b43-legacy stuff anywhere in /lib/firmware. What am I missing? I'd like my WiFi driver and firmware in my kernel. My wired NIC is in the kernel and is tested working.

*EDIT*

The live CD has kernel driver "b43-pci-bridge" listed as being in use.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Anybody? I know Broadcom sucks, but it is in almost every cheap laptop out there, and I get to work on a bunch of them. I installed the "linux-firmware" package but do not see any b43 firmware.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2015 8:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remove linux-firmware and install b43-firmware?

Or configure linux-firmware. There should be info on how to do it in the emerge output.

EDIT: These cards are a pain in the neck. I would recommend using a module and then it really doesn't matter where the firmware is.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 1:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I know they are and I expect to do two or three rebuilds, but I want all of my built-in hardware in the kernel. Call me stubborn! I did not see any emerge output but I will see what I can find about configuring the package. Thanks!

*UPDATE*

Apparently "gentoo linux-firmware configure" take me to this wiki article which explains exactly what I needed to know! Now to try it out.
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