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Old 11-26-2011, 06:01 PM   #1
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Broadcom STA driver loops on make

I have wifi working on fedora 16 with the brcmsmac driver, but want to use the Broadcom STA (wl) driver. I have tried installing from the nonfree repos and from source on Broadcom's website. From the repos, wl and lib80211 are modprobed and show in lsmod, but iwconfig shows no wireless devices. From source, when make is run, it loops on:
[root@fedora build]# make
KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd`
make[1]: Entering directory `/lib/modules/3.1.2-1.fc16.i686/build'
KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd`
make[2]: Entering directory `/lib/modules/3.1.2-1.fc16.i686/build'
KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/`uname -r`/build M=`pwd`
make[3]: Entering directory `/lib/modules/3.1.2-1.fc16.i686/build'
It will continue to fill the RAM and swap space until the computer completely freezes up and needs a hard reboot.

I multiboot with arch,ubuntu,debian,fedora, and slackware and am able to load this driver sucessfully on 3 of them (arch,debian,and slack). Ubuntu has the same exact problem as fedora. I can install from additional drivers in ubuntu and it shows in lsmod but does not seem to be loading (don't know why it works in debian but not ubuntu?). I have kernel-headers, kernel-devel, gcc, etc... installed as dependencies. I have no clue what to do to get this working.
Old 12-07-2011, 10:04 AM   #2
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Hi, we need more info. I got the wl compiled and from sources. Are you sure your nic supports the hybrid wl driver?
lspci | grep Broadcom
What version of the driver and kernel you have?
uname -a
ls hybrid*.tar.gz



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