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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I have a Compaq V2424NR amd64 laptop with integrated broadcom BCM4318. I haven't been able to get the driver to work after spending some time on it. I get the common error of "SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory" and "...Microcode 'bcm43xx_microcode5.fw' not available..." from dmesg. From following this thread, the common fix given is to make sure hotplug or udev is setup properly.

I have then following packages installed with default configuration:
sys-apps/hotplug-20040923-r1
sys-apps/coldplug-20040920
sys-fs/udev-081-r1

The file "/etc/hotplug/firmware.agent" contains the line "FIRMWARE_DIR=/lib/firmware", which is where my firmware, extracted using fwcutter, is located.

So far, I haven't found any docs explaining how to test hotplug configuration. My question is how to I find out if hotplug is configured properly and are there any good resources for this.
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3 days ago the driver was working right, but when I tried the new udev, (because of the synaptics touchpad) i get the firmware error, i have a turion65... anybody knows how to configure coldplug hotplug or udev?
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not sure, but I seem to remember something about the driver not yet working with the 4318 chipset and that the developers are still working on that. I'm still stuck on mine...I have a Broadcom 4306 in my laptop. I can bring the interface up, everything seems to work, but it can never actually associate with any access points. I even tried my neighbor's unencrypted one, just on the off chance that it was WEP on mine messing it up...still nothing. I posted the errors from my /var/log/messages in an earlier post. Someone suggested I try doing it manually...ifconfig eth0 up, iwconfig eth0 essid <blah>, that doesn't work either, even on my neighbor's one...it never associates, I just get lots of messages in /var/log/messages saying it's trying to associate, and the association requests time out. I'm pretty much lost now, still stuck using ndiswrapper.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Akaihiryuu wrote:
I'm not sure, but I seem to remember something about the driver not yet working with the 4318 chipset and that the developers are still working on that...


My card matches the Compaq v2000z mini-pci card listed on the supported devices page. A message from december indicates the 4318 is working on an acer. Once I get this working, I'll post any/all steps required on the compaq v2000z line.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 2006 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I still haven't had any luck getting my card to associate with an access point. Even doing it manually, making sure to do ifconfig eth0 up before doing the iwconfig eth0 assoc command doesn't work. I've been doing that while watching tail -f /var/log/messages in another window, and I usually see lots of association attempts, and they all eventually fail with a timeout. Doesn't matter if the AP is encrypted or not. Someone earlier suggested a script to hammer the interface by repeating the ifconfig eth0 up ; iwconfig eth0 assoc until it succeeds. I haven't actually written a script to do this yet, but I've tried hammering the interface manually, and I have never once gotten it to associate with anything. I think it may just be a problem with my version of the driver, I'm using 0.0.1-20060105, as this is the only one Gentoo currently has in the portage tree. I tried compiling 20060125, but it's bombing with compile errors, and I haven't had time to look more closely. I'm using vanilla-sources-2.6.15.1 with the in-kernel 802.11 stack. I'm also using version 20060105 of ieee80211softmac. I hope this gets resolved soon, I am VERY eager to emerge -C ndiswrapper and do away with crappy Windows drivers for good.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 4:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would recommend trying newer ieee80211softmac; it's less crashy than the start of the month.

I'm using my own ieee80211softmac and bcm43xx ebuilds; it's a fairly complicated compile because newer ieee80211softmac replaces the kernel ieee80211 module, which gets bcm43xx confused.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecatmur wrote:
I would recommend trying newer ieee80211softmac; it's less crashy than the start of the month.

I'm using my own ieee80211softmac and bcm43xx ebuilds; it's a fairly complicated compile because newer ieee80211softmac replaces the kernel ieee80211 module, which gets bcm43xx confused.


Using the gentoo ebuilds for ieee80211softmac and bcm43xx, do we need to disable ieee80211 in the kernel (or modules, built-in)?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, the Gentoo ebuild is from the beginning of January, ieee80211softmac replaces the kernel module since about January 20th (not that it matters; the softmac snapshots aren't dated so you just get the latest one). IOW: only disable the kernel ieee80211 module if you're using snapshot ieee80211softmac.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 6:52 am    Post subject: Solved!!! Reply with quote

/*sul3n3t wrote:
I have a Compaq V2424NR amd64 laptop with integrated broadcom BCM4318. I haven't been able to get the driver to work after spending some time on it. I get the common error of "SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory" and "...Microcode 'bcm43xx_microcode5.fw' not available..." from dmesg. From following this thread, the common fix given is to make sure hotplug or udev is setup properly.

I have then following packages installed with default configuration:
sys-apps/hotplug-20040923-r1
sys-apps/coldplug-20040920
sys-fs/udev-081-r1

The file "/etc/hotplug/firmware.agent" contains the line "FIRMWARE_DIR=/lib/firmware", which is where my firmware, extracted using fwcutter, is located.

So far, I haven't found any docs explaining how to test hotplug configuration. My question is how to I find out if hotplug is configured properly and are there any good resources for this.
*/

3 days ago the driver was working right, but when I tried the new udev, (because of the synaptics touchpad) i get the firmware error, i have a turion65... anybody knows how to configure coldplug hotplug or udev?



SOLVED!! I FORGET TO RAN etc-update. that's all. :oops:
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 10:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecatmur wrote:
I would recommend trying newer ieee80211softmac; it's less crashy than the start of the month.

I'm using my own ieee80211softmac and bcm43xx ebuilds; it's a fairly complicated compile because newer ieee80211softmac replaces the kernel ieee80211 module, which gets bcm43xx confused.


ecatmur, can you tell us more about the compile problems? Perhaps this is what's delaying a newer set of ebuilds...

I'm about ready to go back to the snapshots (to see if I get better results with Ad-hoc connections) but would like some idea how hard it'll be if a kernel-rebuild is now required.

EDIT: Okay, now I see the instructions have been updated. So are you using the softMAC makefile and building out-of-tree? This seems maybe a more graceful way to do things.


PS - Further to my earlier post about having to 'pump' the connection-script repeatedly before it would work, I now suspect this may have been incorrect. I got the usual 'apparent' success on boot, but didn't actually try using the connection for anything in the first (at least) 10 minutes. When I then opened up Firefox, my homepage loaded immediately, to my surprise.

Conclusion: Quite probably the connection actually sorted itself out, without further intervention, after a certain delay. I'll try to test this further soon, to see how long it actually takes.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 2:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've been building ieee80211softmac out-of-tree as a linux-mod ebuild. The problem then is that you have to install the headers and set -DCONFIG_IEEE80211_MODULE to get bcm43xx to compile.

The advantage is that if anything goes wrong you can rebuild the kernel ieee80211 module and older ieee80211softmac without having to reinstall the whole kernel.

If you want to see how I've done it, my ebuilds are at http://catmur.co.uk/cgi-bin/viewcvs/viewcvs.cgi/svn/gentoo/tree/net-wireless/.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 3:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to be a bit clueless, but can you explain linux-mod and installing the headers?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ecatmur wrote:
I would recommend trying newer ieee80211softmac; it's less crashy than the start of the month.

I'm using my own ieee80211softmac and bcm43xx ebuilds; it's a fairly complicated compile because newer ieee80211softmac replaces the kernel ieee80211 module, which gets bcm43xx confused.


Any chance you could post those ebuilds here? I haven't had any luck making my own for the newer packages. I installed the newer bcm43xx/ieee80211softmac without using ebuilds, but I had more problems then than I do with the versions in the portage tree. If I try to use DHCP, I get a message in /var/log/messages that says the IRQ register isn't responding, then I can't even bring up the interface anymore (I get the same error message you get if the firmware isn't installed):

Code:
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: Radio turned on
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: Chip initialized
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: DMA initialized
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: 80211 cores initialized
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1424
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1426
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1426
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1426
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at /root/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:1426
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: Keys cleared
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: set security called
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx:    .level = 0
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: Radio turned off
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: DMA 0x0260 (RX) max used slots: 1/64
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (RX) max used slots: 1/64
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: DMA 0x0260 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: DMA 0x0240 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: DMA 0x0220 (TX) max used slots: 1/512
Jan 30 02:16:16 samus bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jan 30 02:16:17 samus bcm43xx: Card IRQ register not responding. Giving up.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have you tried downloading them? I can post them inline if you have trouble connecting, but I'd rather not have to update more than one place.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Downloading them? Are they posted somewhere? I'm referring to the custom ebuilds you said you are using to install the newer versions of bcm43xx and ieee80211softmac. I don't see them posted anywhere, I checked all of the links in your signature.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Havin_it wrote:
Sorry to be a bit clueless, but can you explain linux-mod and installing the headers?
linux-mod is the eclass that is generally used for building out-of-tree Linux modules; it handles setting up a build environment, making the modules, installing them, depmod etc.

The headers have to be installed because they're different from the in-kernel (2.6.15) ieee80211 headers; you could just unpack on top of the kernel but that'd defeat the objective of the ebuild.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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If you want to see how I've done it, my ebuilds are at http://catmur.co.uk/cgi-bin/viewcvs/viewcvs.cgi/svn/gentoo/tree/net-wireless/.


Perhaps I should put a link to my tree and patch tree in my sig?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 30, 2006 11:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh okay...thanks, I'll check there. I can get net access on my laptop easily enough by using ndiswrapper until I can get the native driver working. I guess I must've missed the post where you posted that. I've got about 7 hours until I'll be able to get back to my laptop though, as I'm at work right now. I guess I just stick the bcm43xx and ieee80211softmac directories in there in a portage overlay and go?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've added new ebuilds to the tree for the 20060125 snapshots. Please let me know if there are any issues with the ebuilds. :)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 9:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I couldn't get the bcm43xx ebuild to compile. However, I used the link posted above to make a portage overlay, with the latest ieee80211softmac snapshot, and what appears to be 20060118 version of bcm43xx. This compiles correctly, but I'm getting the same issue I got when I installed the latest ieee80211softmac snapshot and the latest version of bcm43xx manually (without portage). I can't scan until I bring up the interface with ifconfig, but I guess that's normal. I seem to be able to associate with access points, but if I try to use DHCP, I get a fatal error, and I can no longer even bring up the interface:

[code]Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
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Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
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Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
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Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
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Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
25
Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
25
Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
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Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
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Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
27
Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
27
Jan 31 01:39:12 samus bcm43xx: TODO: Incomplete code in keymac_write() at
/var/tmp/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060118/work/bcm43xx-20060118/bcm43xx_main.c:14
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Jan 31 01:39:23 samus bcm43xx: Card IRQ register not responding. Giving up.
Jan 31 01:39:24 samus ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'WEP'
Jan 31 01:39:24 samus bcm43xx: Card IRQ register not responding. Giving up.
Jan 31 01:39:24 samus dhcpcd[10217]: dhcpStart: ioctl SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such
device
Jan 31 01:39:58 samus bcm43xx: Card IRQ register not responding. Giving up.

samus ~ # ifconfig eth0 up
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such device
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseJX wrote:
I've added new ebuilds to the tree for the 20060125 snapshots. Please let me know if there are any issues with the ebuilds. :)


The softmac ebuild required me to remove IEEE80211 from the kernel, as expected. But then the bcm43xx ebuild barfed because it wasn't there.

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 * Preparing bcm43xx module
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.15-gentoo-r1/build M=/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125 modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.15-gentoo-r1'
  CC [M]  /mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.o
  CC [M]  /mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_dma.o
In file included from /mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_dma.c:30:
/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx.h:949:4: #error "Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (CONFIG_IEEE80211) not available."
In file included from /mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:43:
/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx.h:949:4: #error "Generic IEEE 802.11 Networking Stack (CONFIG_IEEE80211) not available."
make[2]: *** [/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_dma.o] Error 1
make[2]: *** Waiting for unfinished jobs....
/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:659: warning: 'bcm43xx_disassociate' defined but not used
/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.c:688: warning: 'bcm43xx_associate' defined but not used
make[2]: *** [/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125/bcm43xx_main.o] Error 1
make[1]: *** [_module_/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/work/bcm43xx-20060125] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-2.6.15-gentoo-r1'
make: *** [modules] Error 2

!!! ERROR: net-wireless/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125 failed.
Call stack:
  ebuild.sh, line 1894:   Called dyn_compile
  ebuild.sh, line 941:   Called src_compile
  bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125.ebuild, line 41:   Called linux-mod_src_compile

!!! Unable to make                                  TOUT=/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/temp/.tmp_gas_check TOUT=/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/temp/.tmp_gas_check TOUT=/mnt/scratch/portage/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060125/temp/.tmp_gas_check DEBUG=n KSRC=/usr/src/linux KSRC_OUTPUT=/usr/src/linux SOFTMAC_DIR=/usr/include/softmac modules.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 10:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's exactly what it did to me. The softmac build is not complete enough also, as it doesn't have the features to replace the in-kernel module. I'm using the portage overlay that was linked to in a previous post to install the latest snapshot of softmac, and version 20060118 of the driver. I can't get the driver to work at all...I can bring the interface up and associate with an access point, but then it immediately barfs saying IRQ register not responding. Once this happens, I have to reboot before I can try again. Unloading/reloading the modules does not do it, I get SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such device when I try to bring up the interface again. This happens with the newest driver I can find also (20060125). I have no idea what to do from here...I even tried setting a static IP rather than trying DHCP, and the driver still barfed.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

nelz:
I fixed the compile problem, sorry about that. Sync in 30 minutes or so and it should be okay.

Akaihiryuu:
What is missing from the softmac ebuild? Everything that is required is installed afaik... As for your other problem, it looks like the card is resetting, but not coming back up. Which model card do you have? (The info it prints when it starts up.)
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK, it compiled, thanks.

It appears that softmac no longer supports WEP, the previous version use the in-kernel WEP support. Is this correct?

I really should switch to WPA anyway, so this is as good an excuse as any.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This version also supports WEP, it builds the ieee80211 WEP modules, exactly the same way the kernel version does.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject: Persistent microcode loading failure - solved Reply with quote

sul3n3t wrote:
tanawana wrote:
mhershbe:
Code:
bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed.


Ever get passed this?? Seems I have the same troubles and results you have come up with, and am quite stuck now.


I didn't. I have a builtin broadcom card with pciid: 14e4:4318 (rev 02).

I have used fwcutter to extract microcode for every driver I could find, including the drivers in the README. I did not extract drivers from the listed windows executables, however.

This error seems to be pervasive for me, even though the file "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" exists in /lib/firmware with the other files.

Good luck.
Compaq V2424NR Turion64 Broadcom 4318.


I was having the identical issue.. I'd tried numerous firmware versions (all correctly installed to /lib/firmware), I'd verified that udev/hotplug was using that directory too, I'd verified I had hotplugging and firmware loading enabled in the kernel..

In the end, I emerged coldplug, ran /etc/init.d/coldplug start, then tried ifconfig up eth2 - and it worked!
I'm not entirely sure how coldplug could have accomplished this, but I now have coldplug set to start at boot with rc-update.

If you ever find out why coldplug fixed the issue, please do let me know :)

(For reference, I am/was using udev 0.79-r1, hotplug-20040923, coldplug-20040920)
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