Re: ndiswrapper problem with bcm43xx



is ndiswrapper something included or do I need to apt-get this? I want
to try this approach on my usb wireless.
On Tue, 2006-03-21 at 17:14 -0600, C Hamel wrote:
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On Tuesday 21 March 2006 10:55, Matthew Nicholcon wrote:
this is because the bcm43xx driver is now in the kernel. however, the
firmware needed to use your card is not included (ie, the not availible
errors, those are looking for your firmware files). you can do one of two
things: you can download fwcutter and compile it and use it to extract your
firmware from your windows driver .sys file, and place them resulting files
in /lib/firmware/linux-(your version here)/ which, when combined with
installing/compiling softmac (may be included now, i don't know) should let
you work.

otherwise, you can blacklist the bcm43xx module to keep it from being
loaded at all, and install and use ndiswrapper just like before. you jsut
cannot use both. if you use ndiswrapper, make sure you rmmod bcm43xx, and
blacklist it to prevent it from being loaded at boot. if you decided to go
the other way, make sure you don't use ndiswrapper.

there are some forum/wiki entries on this topic, but i'm in class and am
short on time. hopefully this at least points you in teh right direction.

On Tue, 21 Mar 2006 13:11:40 -0300, Roger Freitas Lovato
<rogerlovato@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
Hi,

I have a notebook Pavilion ZV5000 with this wirelles interface:

0000:02:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g
Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

When I try to up my wireless interface, these messages appear in dmesg
command:

[4295348.307000] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not
available or load failed.
[4295348.336000] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not
available or load failed.
[4295376.436000] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not
available or load failed.
[4295376.467000] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not
available or load failed.
[4295398.705000] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not
available or load failed.
[4295398.719000] bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not
available or load failed.
4295498.879000] ndiswrapper version 1.8 loaded (preempt=yes,smp=no)
[4295498.880000] ndiswrapper (wrapper_init:173): loadndiswrapper failed
(1792); check system log for messages from 'loadndisdriver'
[4295498.881000] ndiswrapper (wrapper_init:180): ndiswrapper:
initialization failed
[4295504.830000] ndiswrapper version 1.8 loaded (preempt=yes,smp=no)
[4295504.832000] ndiswrapper (wrapper_init:173): loadndiswrapper failed
(1792); check system log for messages from 'loadndisdriver'
[4295504.832000] ndiswrapper (wrapper_init:180): ndiswrapper:
initialization failed
[4295556.399000] ndiswrapper version 1.8 loaded (preempt=yes,smp=no)

With breexy version it's working.

Thanks

Roger

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I was having the self-same problem. Quoted from Tod:
Some tutorials and info can be found here:

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/Ubuntu

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper

http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/mediawiki/index.php/List

https://wiki.ubuntu.com/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper?action=show&redirect=SetupNdiswrapperHowto

For some reason most leave out the part where the wrapped driver is
associated with the hardware (a pci thing usually). This is done by, if
memory serves, doing an:

lspci -v

Note your wireless hardware in the output then do an:

lspci -n

Find the entry by comparing the two outputs and note the number of the form
XXXX:XXXX (see ndiswrapper -h for a bit of reminder). Then do an:

ndiswrapper -d XXXX:XXXX driver

Where the XXXX:XXXX are the numbers located above (your devid) and driver
was described by a previous:

ndiswrapper -l

Which found your successfully wrapped driver (be careful of spelling and
case so do the ndiswrapper -l).

I hope this helps!

Tod

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