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Thread: Which Broadcom STA driver do I install from the ones listed in Synaptic?

  1. #31
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    Adjusted instructions for Knoppix 7.0.4

    Greetings, utu!

    In post #12 you wrote that you found out where to find patches for the source files of the wl kernel module. I think that you should try these patches. In principle the only new steps are the download of the patch files and the creation of a new source tar ball. I can't say whether these instructions are sufficient because I do not own a Broadcom WLAN card myself.

    I would suggest that you open an LXTerminal and issue the following commands while being connected to the internet.

    1. Install the source files.
    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-source
    2. Download the patches: bc_wl_abiupdate.patch and switch_to.patch
    Code:
    sudo wget -O /usr/src/bc_wl_abiupdate.patch http://www.mindwerks.net/wp-content/uploads/2011/11/bc_wl_abiupdate.patch
    sudo wget -O /usr/src/switch_to.patch http://www.mindwerks.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/switch_to.patch
    If wget does not find the patch files you have to open the webpage you found in a web browser and correct the URLs.
    3. Extract the sources:
    Code:
    cd /usr/src
    sudo tar xjf broadcom-sta.tar.bz2
    4. Patch the source, save the old source archive and create a new tar archive.
    Code:
    sudo patch -p0 modules/broadcom-sta/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c < /usr/src/switch_to.patch
    sudo patch -p0 modules/broadcom-sta/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c < /usr/src/bc_wl_abiupdate.patch
    sudo mv broadcom-sta.tar.bz2 broadcom-sta.tar.bz2.old
    sudo tar cjf broadcom-sta.tar.bz2 modules/broadcom-sta
    sudo rm -rf modules/broadcom-sta
    5. Build the module with the module assistant.
    Code:
    sudo m-a build broadcom-sta
    6. Install the new package and the missing broadcom-sta-common.
    Code:
    sudo dpkg -i broadcom-sta-modules-3.4.9_5.100.82.112-7+3.4.9-10.00.Custom_all.deb
    sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-common
    7. Edit the configuration file.
    Code:
    sudo leafpad /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-knoppix.conf
    I think that file should look like the following.
    Code:
    # modprobe blacklist for KNOPPIX
    # some blacklisted modules are in the configuration file /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf
    
    # graphics/KMS drivers should not get autoloaded by udev
    blacklist nvidia
    blacklist nouveau
    blacklist nvidiafb
    blacklist intelfb
    blacklist mbp_nvidia_bl.ko
    blacklist rivafb
    blacklist i915
    blacklist radeon
    After you have made the changes you should save the file and close the text editor.

    8. Reboot your system and try to load the kernel modules cfg80211 and wl.
    Code:
    sudo modprobe cfg80211
    sudo modprobe wl
    If everything works fine you can add these kernel modules to the configuration file /etc/modules.

    I hope that helps. Comments and corrections are always welcome.

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    Thanks, Klaus2008.

    Tried your instructions in post #31. Things failed at Step #5
    Hoping to include the last screen as an attachment.
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    I think step #5 has finished and you were trying to install the new package using
    sudo m-a install broadcom-sta-source
    Did you also try the instructions I gave at step #6?

    I think that you could also try
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-common
    sudo m-a install broadcom-sta-source
    Last edited by klaus2008; 09-05-2012 at 09:21 PM.

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