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Old 10-06-2012, 05:06 PM   #31
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# lspci | grep -i net
00:05.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
$ lsmod | grep b43
b43                   319167  0 
mac80211              202703  1 b43
cfg80211              145277  2 mac80211,b43
ssb                    41404  1 b43
mmc_core               69202  2 ssb,b43
pcmcia                 31533  2 ssb,b43
# dmesg | grep -i firmware
[   30.736154] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
Working great here, installed b43-fwcutter from slackbuilds:

$ b43-fwcutter --help
b43-fwcutter version 015

A tool to extract firmware for a Broadcom 43xx device
from a proprietary Broadcom 43xx device driver file.

Usage: b43-fwcutter [OPTION] [proprietary-driver-file]
  --unsupported         Allow working on extractable but unsupported drivers
  -l|--list             List supported driver versions
  -i|--identify         Only identify the driver file (don't extract)
  -w|--target-dir DIR   Extract and write firmware to DIR
  -v|--version          Print b43-fwcutter version
  -h|--help             Print this help

Example: b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o
         to extract the firmware blobs from wl_apsta.o and store
         the resulting firmware in /lib/firmware
Using wicd from /extra

Last edited by el chapulín; 10-06-2012 at 05:08 PM.
Old 10-06-2012, 09:36 PM   #32
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Things are running great on 13.37. I think I know what went wrong with 14 so im going to add another partion and install it tonight to see if I can get it to work this time around. I'll post back and title this solved when I'm done.
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I had a similar problem to the one above. I have a x31 laptop. It is pretty old and the smp kernels don't work,just generic. I am running slackware-current (14+) 32-bit with 3.7.1. I was getting the exec format error when trying to insert the broadcom-wl driver I compiled with the mods from the fedora forum (erase line 43 with asm header include from the wl-linux.c file & change .ndo_set_multicast_list to .ndo_set_rx_mode). The compile seemed to work but the module wouldn't insert with that exec format error. I guessed that since the linux headers & source were smp broadcom-wl was compiling for an smp kernel,and this was a problem, so I compiled a custom 3.7.3 kernel from source using alienbob's howto and makeoldconfig with the 3.7.1-generic slackware config. I rebooted and recompiled wl, and this time no problem inserting or using it. This was important to me since I have a dual band router and b43 doesn't support 5GHz band.

Last edited by biker_rat; 01-18-2013 at 06:43 PM.
Old 01-18-2013, 06:49 PM   #34
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Talking broadcom BC4321 PC Card on slackware-current with wl driver and archaic thinkpad

Accidentally posted this.

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