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Old 03-15-2011, 07:49 PM   #1
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Is Broadcom bcm4313 supported by Slackware?


I want to move to Slack, so I took a look around the web to see if it can give support to my wireless card but couldn't find any relevant info.
Is it supported? Can be installed?
 
Old 03-15-2011, 08:03 PM   #2
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Maybe this will help:

http://www.fresco20.com/slacky-diary...slackware-122/
 
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:07 PM   #3
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It should be supported out of the box by the brcm80211 driver in Slackware 13.37, which should be coming soon (until then you can run Slackware-Current)

In 13.1, you can use the Broadcom-STA driver.
http://slackbuilds.org/repository/13.../broadcom-sta/

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Old 03-15-2011, 08:10 PM   #4
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Hi,

Slackware 13.1 has support for the BCM43xx chipset. You will need to use b43fw-cutter from SlackBuilds to get the firmware. The b43-fwcutter (013) page has instructions and all the necessary links.

Configuring your network in Slackware is Alien_Bob's excellent article on the way network cards are configured in Slackware. Loads of internal reference links for Ethernet & Wireless.
 
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:20 PM   #5
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Hi,

I have several laptops with BCM43XX and the STA is a pain. Plus not reliable when I used it with the bcm4312 (14e4:4312) for a Dell 1501. Depending on your device ID, you might not experience problems.

If you do decide to move to '-current' remember it is development and not recommended on production machines since experimental (see CURRENT.WARNING ).

You could wait for 13.37! Look at the
ChangeLogs.

 
Old 03-15-2011, 08:24 PM   #6
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According to this, the BCM4313 isn't yet supported by b43. Only wl (Broadcom STA) and brcm80211
 
Old 03-15-2011, 08:39 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone for all the info.
I am installing slackware right now, then I'll try to install the card. Maybe tomorrow I'll post the results.
 
Old 03-15-2011, 10:22 PM   #8
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To get the brcm80211 driver, you might need to recompile your kernel (>= 2.6.37) or get compat-wireless-2.6 on Linux Wireless. BCM4313 (14e4:4727) is not supported by b43.
 
Old 03-16-2011, 07:17 AM   #9
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Hi,

My bad!

I was thinking PCI:ID. I hate it when the PCI:ID and the chipset ID do not align, darn HEX. Sorry to the OP.
 
Old 03-16-2011, 01:26 PM   #10
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Why not use:
http://lwn.net/Articles/404248/
 
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Old 03-16-2011, 03:49 PM   #11
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Quote:
Why not use:
http://lwn.net/Articles/404248/
Pity they couldn't have included support for the 4312 series in that driver. I tried compiling the STA from slackbuilds with 2.6.37.3 kernel and it fails. It was no problem with 13.1. I'll see what happens with 2.6.37.4. With Poulsbo video finally supported I thought my aspire one netbook would be an easy install now video works right and I have to struggle with the wireless again
 
Old 03-16-2011, 06:00 PM   #12
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Quote:
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I tried compiling the STA from slackbuilds with 2.6.37.3 kernel and it fails.
The SlackBuild was just updated for kernel 2.6.37+ a few days ago.

Make sure you have the latest version:
http://slackbuilds.org/repository/13.../broadcom-sta/

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:10 PM   #13
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Hi,

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Originally Posted by justwantin View Post
Pity they couldn't have included support for the 4312 series in that driver. I tried compiling the STA from slackbuilds with 2.6.37.3 kernel and it fails. It was no problem with 13.1. I'll see what happens with 2.6.37.4. With Poulsbo video finally supported I thought my aspire one netbook would be an easy install now video works right and I have to struggle with the wireless again
I was able to get the driver from Broadcom to work but not continuous. It would fail or drop at times for my (14e4:4312 rev 01) which was being recognized as a (14e4:4311 rev 02). Look at 'Slackware 13.0 RC2 X86_64 Broadcom bcm4312 problems'. If memory serves me right, I believe that Dell 1501's had several versions for chipsets depending on manufacture date.

Slackware 13.1 & '-current' have properly recognized my chipset on this laptop. Still need to cut the firmware. Go figure! Really bugged me for a while to have these issues. For 13.1;
Quote:
05:00.0 0280: 14e4:4312 (rev 01)
Subsystem: 1028:0007
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
Capabilities: [58] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
Capabilities: [d0] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel <?>
Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
Kernel modules: ssb

My chipset is shown as a BCM4312 but ID is 14e4:4312. While the ID should be 14e4:4315. That is still puzzling.
I will load 13.37 since my '-current' is rather dated and I want to load the RC1 anyway. I keep several partitions as 'spare' to do some experimenting. I need to keep my original install intact for client work. I've got a another toy, CQ60 to play with.

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Old 03-16-2011, 06:41 PM   #14
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Took me a while to figure out that my new Broadcom 43225 was actually eth1 using broadcom-sta. But it works fine.
 
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I can't do much right now. Gotta go make some money. But I'll have a play and come back with what I find out.
 
  


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