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Old 10-03-2011, 11:53 PM   #1
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Problems building Broadcom 802.11 linux STA Driver in Slackware 13.37

After a few years of using Ubuntu, I decided to switch to a more pure distro. I just finished installing (Full) Slackware 13.37 on an Asus Eee PC 1215B and the Broadom (4313) wireless network card isn't working properly. So, I did some research and found that Broadcom makes drivers for linux. I downloaded the drivers and the README.TXT and started working. I untar the driver and then use make. My laptop tap dances for a minute then gives me some errors. Some of wich are (I wish I had writen of them down more, but I have no internet in my tent, and I was running late for work):

error: implicit declaration of function 'init_MUTEX'


make: *** [ALL] ERROR 2

After the "make: ***[ALL] ERROR 2" I get bumped to the command prompt and does not make the required wl.ko

After doing some searches, at first glance it looks like I might be missing the Slackware kernel headers package. Do those get installed with a full install, and if they don't where can I get them? I appologize in advance for the lack of all the errors I was getting. Please let me know if I am doing this backwards or just completely messed up.
Old 10-04-2011, 12:09 PM   #2
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Go back to the Broadcom website ( )and pick up the patch for this driver --you'll need it for the driver to compile on a kernel 2.6.37 or higher, which Slack 13.37 certainly has. When you've saved the patch file, read the comments inside the file itself, which will tell you how to apply the patch to the driver source code. Once the patch is applied, the wl driver should compile without further difficulties.
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Or just use the SlackBuild for that driver. It will create an installable package for it.
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Thank you both, after posting this I found and while I was there looking to see what packages they had, I thought "hmmm... I wonder, and I promptly found it." Looks like I didn't do enough research before jumping on the forums.


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