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Broadcom-STA "wl" wifi drivers - repository of latest
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Tman


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PostPosted: Sat 08 Sep 2012, 13:41    Post subject:  

peebee wrote:

Not a success report I'm afraid....



Oh, that's too bad. Sad ... are you saying that the wl driver is loaded on your system, but it doesn't work? Or is it supposed to load the b43 driver for your system, instead of the wl?

This is just a shot in the dark, would deleting the file named "/root/Startup/00-broadcom-sta.sh" make any difference?

If it doesn't work, I will send Rerwin a PM and go from there. If all else fails, I gues I can trying switching kernels using jrb's method. But I dunno if it's the kernel version that's the problem.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Sep 2012, 15:31    Post subject:  

Tman wrote:
This is just a shot in the dark, would deleting the file named "/root/Startup/00-broadcom-sta.sh" make any difference?


Hi Tman

The pinstall.sh in my pet already deletes that file....

On my system - and they're all different it seems - the wl driver if present is used in preference to b43 - but b43 also works.

On solidpup - your wl driver loads and works but there is evidence in the dmesg that b43 is also trying to load and this shouldn't happen.

I think you're right about the kernel not being the problem - I think that module loading changed somewhere between wary5.1.1 and wary 5.3.

Rerwin is very helpful but also very busy so he may not have time to support older versions of wary now that they are not "main stream".

So the wl driver works fine on my HP550 laptop but the rerwin logic in my pet to select between wl and b43 does not work on wary5.1.1 and causes wl to not work.

If you stick to your current build state - i.e. wary5.1.1 - then I would suggest you just compile a new version of wl.ko and replace the present one and stick with the logic you already have.

Hope this helps clarify.
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PostPosted: Sat 08 Sep 2012, 21:15    Post subject:  

Thanks for the feedback, Peebee.

So if I get this, right; Solidpup users can use the wl driver by manually blacklisting the b43 driver and manually loading the wl ... if the wl driver isn't loaded first. Please forgive my ignorance; I've been using straight wired LAN connection since... forever. Wink
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PostPosted: Sun 09 Sep 2012, 05:12    Post subject: Delta file for Solidpup 5.1.1
Subject description: Needs "Experiment 8" pet as well
 

Tman wrote:
Solidpup users can use the wl driver by manually blacklisting the b43 driver and manually loading the wl ... if the wl driver isn't loaded first. Please forgive my ignorance; I've been using straight wired LAN connection since... forever. Wink


Hi Tman

Not quite I'm afraid - the file "/root/Startup/00-broadcom-sta.sh" which I think comes from piratesmack's original pet is pretty heavy handed and circumvents the module loading system completely and force loads wl no matter what - it should really only be there if a need for the wl driver has been identified.

There are therefore 3 problems with your current build:
1. the fight between b43 and wl on bootup which leads to (I think):
2. any connection created by wl is not persistent between boots
and 3. eth% is created instead of wlan%

However, I have success to report Wink - yippee

If I load an experimental pet that rerwin supplied recently for testing AFTER loading the delta pet and the multi-kernel pet from post #1 then I get a working, persistent through reboots connection on wlan0.

This has given me the impetus to discuss with rerwin incorporating the Experiment 8 logic into the Multi-kernel pet - I'll do that shortly hopefully.

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PostPosted: Mon 10 Sep 2012, 14:55    Post subject: Re: Delta file for Solidpup 5.1.1
Subject description: Needs "Experiment 8" pet as well
 

peebee wrote:

However, I have success to report Wink - yippee


Yeesss! That is good news, indeed. That was some terrific troubleshooting. Thanks for helping me out with this, Peebee.. broadcom wifi owners should be pleased. Smile
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PostPosted: Mon 10 Sep 2012, 16:05    Post subject: Re: Delta file for Solidpup 5.1.1
Subject description: Needs "Experiment 8" pet as well
 

Tman wrote:
peebee wrote:

However, I have success to report Wink - yippee


Yeesss! That is good news, indeed. That was some terrific troubleshooting. Thanks for helping me out with this, Peebee.. broadcom wifi owners should be pleased. Smile


Rerwin is now working on the official release of the Experiment 8 solution - when he finishes it there will be a new stripped back to basics multi-kernel pet which just installs the driver. I'll test the result on solidpup when its available. Thanks for giving the impetus to get this sorted. The aim will then be to get the Rerwin pet accepted for inclusion in woof so that all new woof based pups will have it built in.

Watch this space!
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PostPosted: Wed 12 Sep 2012, 12:52    Post subject:  

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PostPosted: Thu 20 Sep 2012, 02:41    Post subject: Logic changes incorporated into woof  

Heads up...

BarryK has announced:
http://bkhome.org/blog/?viewDetailed=02995
that rerwin's rerwin_woof_fixes-delta-3f.pet has been added to woof.

This means that new woof based pups from now on will come ready equipped with rerwin's pup_event_backend_modprobe with extended preference processing

At the same time Barry has also decided to move the various "firmware" packages out into separate pets which pup builders will need to include in their pup builds. (although the theory is they can be "retrofitted" if the builders forget them or choose not to include them).

In preparation, I will shortly rearrange post #1 to make the rerwin_woof_fixes-delta-3f method the "preferred" one.

[EDIT] 21 September 2012 - this has now been done.[/EDIT]

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PostPosted: Sat 22 Sep 2012, 12:43    Post subject:  

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PostPosted: Thu 04 Oct 2012, 12:46    Post subject: Slacko 5.3.6.0 Broadcom wl delta uploaded  

01micko has uploaded the next beta version of Slacko - 5.3.6.0 with kernel 3.2.30-4g

This is another "new generation" pup that does not need the rerwin fixes pet.

The delta file is attached to:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=76495&start=20

[EDIT]Added the delta file for the PAE version - k3.5.5-PAE[/EDIT]

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PostPosted: Wed 17 Oct 2012, 05:03    Post subject: Delta files for Slacko k3.2.31-4g and k3.4.14-PAE added  

The Delta file for Slacko 5.3.6.5 Beta k3.2.31-4g has been added:

also the delta file for Slacko 5.3.6.5 k3.4.14-PAE

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=648553#648553

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PostPosted: Wed 24 Oct 2012, 06:07    Post subject:  

A new Version 11 - 24 October 2012 (download 499 onwards) of the multi-kernel pet in post #1 has been uploaded.

The only difference is that the multi-kernel pet now directly supports the recently released Precise 5.4 version of puppy.

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Nov 2012, 05:12    Post subject: Slacko 5.3.7.1 delta files available  

The delta files for

Slacko 5.4 Beta - Slacko 5.3.7.1 with Kernels k3.2.33-4g and k3.4.17-PAE

are now available:

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=76495&start=20

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Nov 2012, 05:31    Post subject:  

Thanks peebee,

Now what EXACTLY do I need to integrate these into their respective builds at build time? I will ship with wl in final so might as well get it in to the next and hopefully final beta for a bit of testing. I have settled on these kernels unless of course their is some major issue with them. I hope not, that is why I have been following the LTS branches.

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PostPosted: Wed 07 Nov 2012, 10:20    Post subject:  

01micko wrote:
Thanks peebee,

Now what EXACTLY do I need to integrate these into their respective builds at build time? I will ship with wl in final so might as well get it in to the next and hopefully final beta for a bit of testing. I have settled on these kernels unless of course their is some major issue with them. I hope not, that is why I have been following the LTS branches.

Cheers


Hi Mick

Should I construct 2 pets just for you Smile 2* 1MB

Or 1 pet with drivers for both kernels? (2MB+)

Or....

Do you foresee the wl driver itself being included in the iso (its 1MB), or will the pet be available in the repository?

There are various ways we could go - I'm happy to go whichever you want.

Barry for precise has chosen to go with a specialised pet built into the iso. He could have gone with delta's built-in and the multi-kernel pet in the repository....but didn't.

My feeling is that having 1 multi-kernel pet is the most flexible...

My aim for the "official" puppies is that the one multi-kernel pet will have the delta files included - so if you've fixed on the kernels now I can put the slacko deltas into the pet.

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