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Old 01-25-2008, 12:42 PM   #1
sebrofm
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BCM4311 WLAN on 64bit Compaq Laptop


Hi, I generally do not resort to starting new posts when I need help, I can usually find answers just by googling, but I am completely stumped here. I have spent ~15 hours working on this and went through 3 distros to try and figure this out.

The problem: Can't get my BCM4311 wlan card working on my compaq presario 6500z laptop. From what I understand this is probably one of the most troublesome wireless cards out there and what makes things worse is that I can't seem to find a working 64bit driver. Hp/Compaq does not supply a 64bit version driver for my card on their site, so I hope that doesn't mean I'm out of luck.

Some basic stats:

Kernel Version: 2.6.22.13-0.3-default
Current Distro: OpenSUSE 10.3 (x86_64)
Processor: AMD Turion(tm) 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-58
Wireless Card: BCM4311 (rev2)

lspci:
Code:
00:00.0 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0547 (rev a2)
00:01.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0548 (rev a2)
00:01.1 SMBus: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0542 (rev a2)
00:01.2 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0541 (rev a2)
00:01.3 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0543 (rev a2)
00:02.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a2)
00:02.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev a2)
00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP67 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev a2)
00:06.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation MCP67 IDE Controller (rev a1)
00:07.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP67 High Definition Audio (rev a1)
00:08.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0561 (rev a2)
00:09.0 IDE interface: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0550 (rev a2)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 054c (rev a2)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0563 (rev a2)
00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0563 (rev a2)
00:12.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation Unknown device 0531 (rev a2)
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control
02:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
02:05.1 Generic system peripheral [Class 0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
02:05.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev 12)
02:05.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
02:05.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 12)
03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 02)
lspci -n:
Code:
00:00.0 Class 0500: 10de:0547 (rev a2)
00:01.0 Class 0601: 10de:0548 (rev a2)
00:01.1 Class 0c05: 10de:0542 (rev a2)
00:01.2 Class 0500: 10de:0541 (rev a2)
00:01.3 Class 0b40: 10de:0543 (rev a2)
00:02.0 Class 0c03: 10de:055e (rev a2)
00:02.1 Class 0c03: 10de:055f (rev a2)
00:04.0 Class 0c03: 10de:055e (rev a2)
00:04.1 Class 0c03: 10de:055f (rev a2)
00:06.0 Class 0101: 10de:0560 (rev a1)
00:07.0 Class 0403: 10de:055c (rev a1)
00:08.0 Class 0604: 10de:0561 (rev a2)
00:09.0 Class 0101: 10de:0550 (rev a2)
00:0a.0 Class 0200: 10de:054c (rev a2)
00:0c.0 Class 0604: 10de:0563 (rev a2)
00:0d.0 Class 0604: 10de:0563 (rev a2)
00:12.0 Class 0300: 10de:0531 (rev a2)
00:18.0 Class 0600: 1022:1100
00:18.1 Class 0600: 1022:1101
00:18.2 Class 0600: 1022:1102
00:18.3 Class 0600: 1022:1103
02:05.0 Class 0c00: 1180:0832 (rev 05)
02:05.1 Class 0805: 1180:0822 (rev 22)
02:05.2 Class 0880: 1180:0843 (rev 12)
02:05.3 Class 0880: 1180:0592 (rev 12)
02:05.4 Class 0880: 1180:0852 (rev 12)
03:00.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4311 (rev 02)
I have tried ndiswrapper and bcm43xx with probably 7 or 8 different drivers. If anyone could point me in the right direction or knows where I could download the correct 64bit driver, I would be extremely appreciative. I have looked through both general tutorials and those specific to my card and still nothing seems to work.

The most progress I've made was getting my radio light on, and that was with bcm43xx, but I could not get the scan to work so I scrapped that. I was getting an IRQ xmit error or something, I'll try to reproduce that so I can get the specific error.

Thankyou for taking a look at this, ANY help would be so awesome because I am genuinely frustrated with this.

Last edited by sebrofm; 01-25-2008 at 01:19 PM.
 
Old 01-25-2008, 03:37 PM   #2
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Use this one with ndiswrapper (direct link):

ftp://ftp.support.acer-euro.com/note...bit/80211g.zip

Make sure that you blacklist the bcm43xx driver, this driver has major issues with transmission power issues. Even the newer b43 and bc43legacy drivers have issues with the Broadcom 4818 chipset.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 03:21 AM   #3
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uninstalled/reinstalled ndiswrapper
removed old drivers
downloaded/installed your new driver
fail

rmmod ndiswrapper
yast2 --remove ndiswrapper
yast2 -i ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper -r bcmwl5 (old one)
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf (new one)
ndiswrapper -l
**driver installed but didn't say hardware present
ndiswrapper -a 14e4:4311 bcmwl5
ndiswrapper -l
**driver installed, hardware present, alternate driver (bcm43xx)
**already blacklisted bcm43xx in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
modprobe ndiswrapper
reboot

no blue light from the card and this was the result of my dmesg

Code:
dmesg |grep ndis
ndiswrapper version 1.47 loaded (smp=yes)
usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper
usbcore: deregistering interface driver ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper version 1.47 loaded (smp=yes)
ndiswrapper (link_pe_images:576): fixing KI_USER_SHARED_DATA address in the driver
ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,03/23/2006, 4.40.19.0) loaded
ndiswrapper (NdisWriteErrorLogEntry:192): log: C000138D, count: 1, return_address: ffffffff88cf6bee
ndiswrapper (NdisWriteErrorLogEntry:195): code: 0x10e
ndiswrapper (mp_init:216): couldn't initialize device: C0000001
ndiswrapper (pnp_start_device:439): Windows driver couldn't initialize the device (C0000001)
ndiswrapper (mp_halt:258): device ffff8100473c5780 is not initialized - not halting
ndiswrapper: device eth%d removed
ndiswrapper: probe of 0000:03:00.0 failed with error -22
usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper
usbcore: deregistering interface driver ndiswrapper
ndiswrapper (ntoskernel_exit:2723): object ffff810044b4c430(2) was not freed, freeing it now
ndiswrapper version 1.47 loaded (smp=yes)
ndiswrapper (link_pe_images:576): fixing KI_USER_SHARED_DATA address in the driver
ndiswrapper: driver bcmwl5 (Broadcom,02/11/2005, 3.100.64.0) loaded
ndiswrapper (NdisWriteErrorLogEntry:192): log: C000138B, count: 1, return_address: ffffffff88cf6bee
ndiswrapper (NdisWriteErrorLogEntry:195): code: 0x9
ndiswrapper (mp_init:216): couldn't initialize device: C0000001
ndiswrapper (pnp_start_device:439): Windows driver couldn't initialize the device (C0000001)
ndiswrapper (mp_halt:258): device ffff810060b4f780 is not initialized - not halting
ndiswrapper: device eth%d removed
ndiswrapper: probe of 0000:03:00.0 failed with error -22
usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper

Last edited by sebrofm; 01-26-2008 at 03:41 AM.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 04:11 AM   #4
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try getting the latest drivers for your nic, xp drivers work well...
if its a laptop, then get the driver set for it, unless you already it with your pc, then use that...
 
Old 01-26-2008, 09:50 AM   #5
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Another possible driver, this one from HP/Compaq;

ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/softpaq/sp3...00/sp33008.exe

According to the ndiswrapper site;
Quote:
This file can be extracted with cabextract and contains both 32 bits and 64 bits files. Also explanations are available here: ftp://ftp.compaq.com/pub/softpaq/sp3...0/sp33008.html
http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/j...,33/id,list_b/
 
Old 01-26-2008, 07:02 PM   #6
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tried that one, didn't work. I was able to get my radar light on with bcm43xx, but it isn't able to scan networks. It gives me this error:
bcm43xx: FATAL ERROR: BCM43xx_IRQ_XMIT_ERROR, and hundreds of thousands of times i'm guessing because it says printk: 296811 messages suppressed. after every fatal error.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 08:30 PM   #7
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got it working!!!
finally worked with sp34152.exe drivers thanks to this awesome guide at https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...eisty_No-Fluff
 
Old 01-26-2008, 09:47 PM   #8
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Very good!!!! I am glad for you!!! Enjoy!!
 
  


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