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Old 10-28-2006, 07:28 PM   #1
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BCM4318 native kernel drivers FC6 losing packets

Hello there,

I am using Fedora Core 6, with a wireless Broadcom 4318 network card.

I followed a quick guide to getting the bcm43xx drivers working with fwcutter. This worked for a day, even after reboots.

However, it has suddenly stopped working. Its a miracle if it ever connects, and when it does, im getting 90 - 100% packet loss when i try pinging the router, or other computers on the network,

The router is fine - I can access the wireless perfectly using other computers on wireless.

Nothing has been changed or updated since the problem started occurring.

iwconfig --version returns:

# /sbin/iwconfig --version
iwconfig  Wireless-Tools version 28
          Compatible with Wireless Extension v11 to v20.

Kernel    Currently compiled with Wireless Extension v20.

eth1      Recommend Wireless Extension v18 or later,
          Currently compiled with Wireless Extension v20.
There is an entry in /etc/modprobe.conf for the wireless card (eth1):

alias eth1 bcm43xx
The card is detected fine, I can configure options for it fine, and so forth. Currently, it is set to automatically obtain an ip address (dhcp), like it was when it was working.

If you can help with this at all, then thank you.
Old 10-29-2006, 05:25 AM   #2
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Personally, I would blacklist the bcm43xx module and use ndiswrapper for the wireless Broadcom 4318 network card. In fact that is what I did, the bcm43xx module does seem to have problems.

Visit: and use the search term bcm43xx


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