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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I recently upgraded to kernel 2.6.17-gentoo-r1 so i thought i give this another try (encouraged by the fact that ndiswrapper has stop working for me :( ).

Doing a
Code:
nx6125 andrnils # lspci -vvn | grep -i 14e4
02:01.0 0200: 14e4:169c (rev 03)
02:02.0 0280: 14e4:4318 (rev 02)
it shows that i have a 4318 chip. Following the instructions i get the module loaded (i never managed that when i first tried this...) and doing
Code:
nx6125 andrnils # ifconfig eth1 up
works fine too. The problem is when i scan for ap's: my computer hardlocks...

I'm using firmware from a driver from acers site, this is what fwcutter thinks of it:
Code:
nx6125 80211g # bcm43xx-fwcutter -i BCMWL564.SYS
bcm43xx-fwcutter can cut the firmware out of BCMWL564.SYS

  filename :  bcmwl564.sys
  version  :  3.100.64.10
  MD5      :  b8d76da338ecf2c650f5f7ca226ccf89

nx6125 80211g #   
so i cant find any problems there.

Should i try with another driver? Previous post indicates that there migth be a problem with >1 Gb ram, and i have 1.5 Gb. Can someone explain why it goes wrong with >1Gb ram?

Thanks to all who helps develop this!

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 09, 2006 7:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been having problems with wireless since the 2.6.17 kernels. I tried 2.6.18rc1 today and it still doesn't work. (I have an ibook 12in, 1.2Ghz, bcm4306, the latest stable gcc, glibc, etc.).

Here is part of the log:
Code:
Jul  9 10:57:46 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: verified 192.168.59.22 address is not in use
Jul  9 10:57:46 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: your IP address = 192.168.59.22
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned off
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (RX) max used slots: 1/64
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0260 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0240 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0220 (TX) max used slots: 2/512
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: PHY connected
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned on
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: Chip initialized
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: DMA initialized
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: 80211 cores initialized
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost bcm43xx: Keys cleared
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Associate: Scanning for networks first.
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Start scanning with channel: 1
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning 14 channels
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: MAC address = 00:11:24:99:c0:a2
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning finished
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Queueing Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Cannot associate without being authenticated, requested authentication
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Sent Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92.
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: sent association request!
Jul  9 10:57:47 localhost SoftMAC: associated!
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: verified 192.168.59.22 address is not in use
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: your IP address = 192.168.59.22
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned off
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (RX) max used slots: 1/64
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0260 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0240 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0220 (TX) max used slots: 2/512
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: PHY connected
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned on
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: Chip initialized
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: DMA initialized
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: 80211 cores initialized
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost bcm43xx: Keys cleared
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost SoftMAC: Associate: Scanning for networks first.
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost SoftMAC: Start scanning with channel: 1
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning 14 channels
Jul  9 10:58:04 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: MAC address = 00:11:24:99:c0:a2
Jul  9 10:58:05 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning finished
Jul  9 10:58:05 localhost SoftMAC: Queueing Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:58:05 localhost SoftMAC: Cannot associate without being authenticated, requested authentication
Jul  9 10:58:05 localhost SoftMAC: Sent Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92.
Jul  9 10:58:05 localhost SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:58:05 localhost SoftMAC: sent association request!
Jul  9 10:58:05 localhost SoftMAC: associated!
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: verified 192.168.59.22 address is not in use
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: your IP address = 192.168.59.22
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned off
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (RX) max used slots: 1/64
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0260 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0240 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0220 (TX) max used slots: 2/512
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: PHY connected
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned on
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: Chip initialized
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: DMA initialized
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: 80211 cores initialized
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost bcm43xx: Keys cleared
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost SoftMAC: Associate: Scanning for networks first.
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost SoftMAC: Start scanning with channel: 1
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning 14 channels
Jul  9 10:58:09 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: MAC address = 00:11:24:99:c0:a2
Jul  9 10:58:10 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning finished
Jul  9 10:58:10 localhost SoftMAC: Queueing Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:58:10 localhost SoftMAC: Cannot associate without being authenticated, requested authentication
Jul  9 10:58:10 localhost SoftMAC: Sent Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92.
Jul  9 10:58:10 localhost SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:58:10 localhost SoftMAC: sent association request!
Jul  9 10:58:10 localhost SoftMAC: associated!
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: verified 192.168.59.22 address is not in use
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: your IP address = 192.168.59.22
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned off
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (RX) max used slots: 1/64
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0260 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0240 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0220 (TX) max used slots: 2/512
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: PHY connected
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned on
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: Chip initialized
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: DMA initialized
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: 80211 cores initialized
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost bcm43xx: Keys cleared
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost SoftMAC: Associate: Scanning for networks first.
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost SoftMAC: Start scanning with channel: 1
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning 14 channels
Jul  9 10:58:39 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: MAC address = 00:11:24:99:c0:a2
Jul  9 10:58:40 localhost SoftMAC: Scanning finished
Jul  9 10:58:40 localhost SoftMAC: Queueing Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:58:40 localhost SoftMAC: Cannot associate without being authenticated, requested authentication
Jul  9 10:58:40 localhost SoftMAC: Sent Authentication Request to 00:11:50:72:84:92.
Jul  9 10:58:40 localhost SoftMAC: Open Authentication completed with 00:11:50:72:84:92
Jul  9 10:58:40 localhost SoftMAC: sent association request!
Jul  9 10:58:40 localhost SoftMAC: associated!
Jul  9 10:58:44 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: verified 192.168.59.22 address is not in use
Jul  9 10:58:44 localhost dhcpcd[12067]: your IP address = 192.168.59.22
Jul  9 10:58:44 localhost bcm43xx: Radio turned off

This willl continue indefinitely until I bring down the interface. It seems that the wireless connection is brought down the moment it receives an IP adress and then it is restarted. The same actually happens with my ethernet card with post 2.6.17 kernels so I don't get any network connection which is a real pain since I can't go online to look for possible solutions without re-booting. Another thing that can happen instead of this infinite loop is that dhcpd times out with no valid dhcp response. It's either one of these that happens.

The wireless card works with 2.6.15-gentoo-r1 and bcm-20060125 on this ibook - I'm using it right now. So I know it can be made to work - a BIG thanks for that :). But I haven't been able to upgrade my kernel.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 11:39 am    Post subject: modprobe works, but there is no new interface Reply with quote

Hello,

I can modprobe bcm43xx without any errors, but there is no new interface like eth1 which I could configure. dmesg shows eth0 for my wired network, but no interface for the bcm43xx chip.

I already tried two different firmwares, the wl_apsta.o as well as the AppleAirPort2-firmware. I extracted them to /lib/firmware, just as demanded in the description. The odd thing is that I can even load the bcm43xx module without errors when there is no firmware at all in /lib/firmware.

I'm using an Apple MacBook Pro. Concerning the wireless driver dmesg only shows following output:

Code:

ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
ieee80211: 802.11 data/management/control stack, git-1.1.7
ieee80211: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel Corporation <jketreno@linux.intel.com>
bcm43xx driver


...that's it.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 10, 2006 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

good to know: the macbook pro does not have a broadcom card. it instead uses an atheros card which can be used using the madwifi driver.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 11, 2006 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

I have a problem with the bcm43xx module.
The problem:
When I want to up the Airport card with the command
Quote:

ifconfig eth1 up

I have an error:
Quote:

SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory


My system:
- Kernel 2.6.17
- udev 0.9

In dmesg I have this error:
Quote:
bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed


But I have install the firmware by the command
Quote:

bcm43xx_fwcutter -w /lib/firmware AppleAirport2


I don't understand....
Someone can help me? please?? :(

Thanks
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi,

i've got the same problem as quatsch - is there any solution yet?
the funny thing is, that it works if i bring up the interface manually (no dhcpd...). Just got this problem with dhcpd.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2006 8:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has this issue been addressed?

https://forums.gentoo.org/viewtopic-t-479626-highlight-.html
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2006 11:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is rather queer; I get the same error as quatsch and IceBall (just with one particular router/dhcp server): on receiving an IP adress, dhcpcd brings down the interface and restarts, resultung in an infinite loop. It works if I set the network data manualy or supply the determined IP adress via "dhcpcd -s". Since I am NOT using an airport extreme, but a conventional LAN with an intel e1000 interface on a thinkpad and other routers/DHCP servers work fine, I think this might be caused by a buggy DHCP server implementation on the device.

--EDIT--

Seems I found the key to my problem: the server seems to send an invalid lease time; when I set the lease time to some finite, sensible value with the option "-l" (linke 7200), all works fine :)
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 3:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

DirtyHairy wrote:

Seems I found the key to my problem: the server seems to send an invalid lease time; when I set the lease time to some finite, sensible value with the option "-l" (linke 7200), all works fine :)


yup, that seems to do the trick. I have to set the lease time on my router to something other than forever and then use the appropriate number for dhcpcd. :D strange I don't have to do this with the old kernel and driver...
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 8:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

quatsch wrote:
DirtyHairy wrote:

Seems I found the key to my problem: the server seems to send an invalid lease time; when I set the lease time to some finite, sensible value with the option "-l" (linke 7200), all works fine :)


yup, that seems to do the trick. I have to set the lease time on my router to something other than forever and then use the appropriate number for dhcpcd. :D strange I don't have to do this with the old kernel and driver...


same worked here! Thanks to Dirty Hairy :D

So I'm very happy with my iBook again 8)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 15, 2006 10:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just upgraded to kernel 2.6.17.4, and I'm now closer than I've ever been. For some reason the Gentoo init scripts won't ever get the interface to associate...it's close but not quite there yet. However, by doing stuff manually with ifconfig/iwconfig, I was able to actually associate with my access point for the first time with this driver today! (Using Broadcom 4306, my AP uses 128-bit WEP) It generally has to make about 3 attempts, and it finally associates! I am able to get an IP address with DHCP, but I get about 80% packet loss and 13 second ping times. Still not quite there yet...I'll give it another try when 2.6.18 comes out, I know there have been some extensive patches.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 17, 2006 3:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here we are:

Code:
Oni ~ # uname -a
Linux Oni 2.6.17-gentoo-r3 #1 Sun Jul 16 21:25:47 CEST 2006 ppc 7447/7457, altivec supported PowerBook6,2 GNU/Linux (i've double checked the presence of every needed option compiled and, if built as module, modprobed)

got all the ieee and bcm43xx stuff compiled (I'v done 2 kernels,one with bcm&co compiled as modules and another with all the stuff bult-in)


Code:
Oni ~ # /etc/init.d/hotplug status
 * status:  started


Code:

Oni ~ # ls -la /lib/firmware/
total 89
drwxr-xr-x 2 root root   632 Jul 17 06:55 .
drwxr-xr-x 9 root root  4080 Jul 16 20:12 ..
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  3504 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval01.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root    16 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval02.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     0 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval03.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     0 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval04.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  2536 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval05.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root   248 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval06.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     0 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval07.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     0 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval08.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     0 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval09.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root     0 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_initval10.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 16200 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_microcode2.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 19952 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_microcode4.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root 22496 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_microcode5.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  1312 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_pcm4.fw
-rw-r--r-- 1 root root  1312 Jul 17 06:55 bcm43xx_pcm5.fw


Sure is not sure enough,I've made a symlink in /usr/lib/hotplug/firmware/ pointing to /lib/firmware/

I've tryed almost all the driver listed in the README.gz plus tree different official apple driver

I've reemerged hotplug

The result:

Code:
Oni ~ # iwconfig eth1
eth1      IEEE 802.11b/g  ESSID:off/any  Nickname:"Broadcom 4306"
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Invalid   Bit Rate=1 Mb/s   
          RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

Code:
Oni ~ # ifconfig eth1
eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:11:24:A5:23:DB 
          inet addr:192.168.0.2  Bcast:192.168.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          BROADCAST NOTRAILERS MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
          Interrupt:52 Base address:0x8000

Code:
Oni ~ # ifconfig eth1 up
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
Code:

Oni ~ # dmesg | grep bcm43xx
[32421.023237] bcm43xx: PHY connected
[32431.022921] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed.

I feel like i'm missing something, would you please take me by the hand and point out the big mistake I've done somewhen somewhere?
=)

(btw: my english is terrible so i apologize for every mispell/mistake in this post :oops: )
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 7:47 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

youth against youth wrote:
bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed.

I had that error with a bcm4309 in kernel 2.6.18-rc2. It was fixed after changing several things, so maybe not all of these are required:
    emerged =udev-090-r1
    In kernel, set: PREEMPT_NONE=y, PREEMPT_BKL=n, HZ_250=y
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 9:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

udev is up to date

Code:
Oni ~ # equery list udev
[ Searching for package 'udev' in all categories among: ]
 * installed packages
[I--] [ ~] sys-fs/udev-096 (0)


Preempt is of but i cannot find the PREEMPT _BKL option in my kernel config
Code:

Oni linux # cat .config|grep PREEMPT
CONFIG_PREEMPT_NONE=y
# CONFIG_PREEMPT_VOLUNTARY is not set
# CONFIG_PREEMPT is not set


HZ_250 is on

Code:
Oni linux # cat .config|grep HZ_250
CONFIG_HZ_250=y


btw I'm using gentoo-sources..

UPDATE: i've tryed using bcm43xx and softMAC adn all the ieee stack compiling from the portage instead of the kernel "official" sources ut no way
Code:
Oni linux # modprobe bcm43xx
Oni linux # lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
bcm43xx               118828  0
ieee80211softmac       28128  1 bcm43xx
ieee80211              34952  2 bcm43xx,ieee80211softmac


this is what dmesg says after modprobing and tryng ifconfig
Code:
[ 6344.710348] ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
[ 6344.721768] ieee80211: 802.11 data/management/control stack, git-1.1.7
[ 6344.721783] ieee80211: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel Corporation <jketreno@linux.intel.com>
[ 6344.725582] ieee80211softmac: no version for "ieee80211_wx_get_scan" found: kernel tainted.
[ 6344.755546] bcm43xx driver
[ 6344.755772] PCI: Enabling device 0001:10:12.0 (0004 -> 0006)
[ 6381.491505] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed.
Oni ~ #

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

There are a number of people reporting issues with udev 096 and firmware upload, so try 094 instead.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2006 4:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YES!
it works =)
it was udev..
thank you so much! =)
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hello,

I'm also trying to get my iBook WLAN to work. Still no success after several tries.
Here are some details about my machine:

uname -a
Linux tux 2.6.17-gentoo-r3 #1 Sun Jul 16 16:47:24 CEST 2006 ppc 7447A, altivec supported GNU/Linux

lspci:
0001:10:12.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

I tried to associate to an unencrypted network, but always get the following error:

Jul 19 11:24:25 [kernel] SoftMAC: cannot associate without being authenticated, requested authentication

With wpa_supplicant the same problem.
I can scan the surrounding WLANs, but the association always fails. I even tried different channels and the 2.6.18 testing kernel. No success so far.

Now, is it even possible to use my WLAN device? Is it already supported by the driver and if yes what versions did you use (kernel, wpa_supplicant). Any special settings necessary?

Thanks for your help!
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As has been repeated over and over here, the 4318 is still not working quite right yet. If there is very little interference, it's usable, but the TX power is too weak to overcome mid to high noise floors. We're working on it and it'll be fixed eventually.

Sorry.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2006 8:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have been recently experiencing the aforementioned problem with firmware loading. That is, whatever solution I did try, the outcome was the same: bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed.

After some digging I have realized that the center of a problem lies in hotplugging the firmware. Specifically /etc/hotplug/firmware.agent is broken. This is connected with the following bug: https://bugs.gentoo.org/show_bug.cgi?id=99038

I have a 64-bit system with a 32-bit chroot. Thus my /proc/mounts contains two sysfs entries.

My soultion was to enter the following lines to firmware.agent
Code:

if [ ! "$(echo "$SYSFS" | wc -l)" = "1" ]; then
        mesg "More than one sysfs mountpoint. Using the first one."
        SYSFS=$(echo "$SYSFS" | head -n1)
fi

just before the "case $ACTION in"

I am using hotplug-20040923-r2 and udev-094.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 7:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have an interesting problem, which I hope someone has a solution for.

Just some information:
Code:
$ emerge -pq bcm43xx-fwcutter ieee80211softmac bcm43xx
[ebuild   R   ] net-wireless/bcm43xx-fwcutter-004
[ebuild   R   ] net-wireless/ieee80211softmac-0.1-r20060329
[ebuild   R   ] net-wireless/bcm43xx-0.0.1-r20060329

$ lspci | grep BCM4318
02:04.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)


So, when I load the module bcm43xx everything looks fine:
Code:
$ modprobe bcm43xx
$ dmesg | tail
ieee80211_crypt: registered algorithm 'NULL'
ieee80211: 802.11 data/management/control stack, git-1.1.7
ieee80211: Copyright (C) 2004-2005 Intel Corporation <jketreno@linux.intel.com>
bcm43xx driver
ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:02:04.0[A] -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 22

$ lsmod
Module                  Size  Used by
bcm43xx                80814  0
firmware_class          3704  1 bcm43xx
ieee80211softmac       12740  1 bcm43xx
ieee80211              20792  2 bcm43xx,ieee80211softmac
ieee80211_crypt         1652  1 ieee80211


Here's the interesting part, where I try to actually use the card:
Code:
$ ifconfig eth1 up
(the card led starts glowing)

$ dmesg | tail
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): eth1: link is not ready

$ iwlist eth1 scan
eth1      No scan results

$ dmesg | tail
bcm43xx: FATAL ERROR: BCM43xx_IRQ_XMIT_ERROR
bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
bcm43xx: MAC suspend failed
...etc...


So if anyone has even the tinyest clue to what the problem might be, please let me know.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2006 10:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those ebuilds are masked for a reason. :p Please use kernel 2.6.17.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 12:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

JoseJX wrote:
Those ebuilds are masked for a reason. :p Please use kernel 2.6.17.
Pity. Thanks anyway. Guess I'll have to wait a couple of months then, it takes a while before hardened-sources catches up.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I try to connect to anything with iwconfig. I get

Access Point: Invalid

I've tried this with different drivers arleady. It seems to work ok with ndiswrapper, but the native bcm43xx dont work so well
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 24, 2006 7:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

how do i read this .gz file? README.gz i cant even read it
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 25, 2006 6:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

aych wrote:
how do i read this .gz file? README.gz i cant even read it


Use the gzcat command.

BTW: I have the same problem with Access Point: Invalid :(
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