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I have just taken delivery of my second hand Dell D520 laptop and I am waiting for Slackware 12.1 RC1 to install. I have an old linux distro on it at the moment just to see if all works well and lspci reports the wireless as BCM4312 (01). With the kernel 188.8.131.52 should it just run or will I need firmware as well?
Here's a read of the Slackware -current ChangeLog.txt:
a/udev-118-i486-2.tgz: Blacklist old bcm43xx driver (b43 and b43legacy are
the recommended drivers now).
Also, perhaps 12.1 RC1 is already out? I read this:
Fri Mar 28 23:35:22 CDT 2008
a/aaa_base-12.1.0-noarch-1.tgz: Added an empty /usr/share/wallpapers as this
seems to be a de-facto standard directory and (for example) XFce will give
an error if it is missing and one tries to change the desktop image.
Thanks to Chess Griffin for reporting this. Bumped version number of package, and of /etc/slackware-version.
though I'm still burning a CD to start a NFS install to my test box.
Perhaps Pat will add the V4 firmware, which must be installed separately using b43-fwcutter, into Slackware has he's added firmware for other devices.
Also, I hear that the b43 driver has other problems.
Quite the opposite - the b43 driver actually fixes the serious transmission problems with the BCM4318 and newer chips that plagued the old bcm43xx, as well as adding support for newer hardware.
It's also built on top of the far more robust mac80211 stack, rather than softmac (softmac's authors freely admit that softmac was a hack to get bcm43xx into the kernel in the short-term until mac80211 was added).
So I'd actually encourage as many people as possible to dump bcm43xx - it's abandoned, unsupported, and has known problems that will never be fixed (it's already scheduled for deletion in 2.6.26).
Originally Posted by Jeebizz
I would also guess that I have to use the b43 driver, because my chipset is both b/g, according to linuxwireless.org...
Yes. Pretty much all the current Broadcom wireless chips are covered by b43, b43legacy is only for the really old stuff: