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Old 09-11-2017, 08:55 PM   #1
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short rant against BSD...

I'm a big fan of BSD as a server, as a desktop it's pretty underwhelming.

until WHEN do i have to wait for get drivers for brc4313 ? ? ?
Old 09-11-2017, 09:05 PM   #2
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When someone pays Broadcom enough to write BSD drivers. Simply put, BSD makes Linux look downright popular for desktop usage. Broadcom only in the last 5 years released USABLE drivers for any of their chipsets in linux. I've read that the XP driver can be made to work with the 4313 in BSD through ndis.
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Old 09-12-2017, 05:39 AM   #3
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Linux users need to be careful about hardware choices. BSD users must be more careful. Fact of life.
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It isn't the BSD's fault - it is the manufacturers of equipment that don't support the BSDs that are to blame - don't buy their equipment - & you won't have any problems.

(It took years before any Broadcom chips would work on anything other than MS.)
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Is this info accurate ? :


Using BCM4313 wireless chip under FreeBSD
I've got a new laptop at $DAY-JOB, and this laptop have a BCM4313 chip:

# pciconf -lv | grep Wireless
    device     = 'BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller'

I've first try with net/bwn-firmware-kmod and if_bwn without success, but NDIS works great (on 9.1-RC2 at last).
Here here to proced for converting the Windows XP drivers to a kernel module:
# cd /tmp
# fetch
# tar xzvf Broadcom_BCM43xx_5.100.235.19_win5x.tgz
# cd Broadcom_BCM43xx_5.100.235.19_win5x/
# ndisgen

Inside ndisgen, here is to proceed:

Type 3 for "Convert driver"
INF Filename: bcmwl5.inf
SYS Filename: bcmwl564.sys (or bcmwl5.sys for FreeBSD-i386)
Firmware Files: kept empty

At the end, it should generated the bcmwl564_sys.ko module, now enable it:
# cp bcmwl564_sys.ko /boot/modules/
# kldload bcmwl564_sys

ndis0: mem 0xd4500000-0xd4503fff irq 19 at device 0.0 on pci36
ndis0: NDIS API version: 5.

And check that you have a new ndis0 interface:

# ifconfig | grep ndis
ndis0: flags=8843 metric 0 mtu 2290

You can now configure your rc.conf like that
ifconfig_wlan0="WPA SYNCDHCP"

And enjoy !
tia !
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Linux users need to be careful about hardware choices. BSD users must be more careful. Fact of life.
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