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Broadcom-STA "wl" wifi drivers
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Wed 02 Dec 2015, 18:09    Post subject: wl.ko for slacko 630-32bit  

Sorry, I'm unable to upload the 6.25mb file. If someone could host it, I'll do it. (it goes in /lib/modules/3.14.55/kernel/drivers/net/wireless).
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Dec 2015, 10:50    Post subject:  

Thank you for replying.
can you please upload it using a free host such as
http://tinyupload.com/
thank you.
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PostPosted: Tue 08 Dec 2015, 18:04    Post subject: 32 bit Broadcom wireless module for k 3.14.55  

file deleted - see peebee's module
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PostPosted: Thu 10 Dec 2015, 04:43    Post subject: Thank you ozsouth  

ozsouth words cannot express my gratitude and appreciation.
THANK you so much.
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PostPosted: Sun 13 Dec 2015, 07:56    Post subject: wl driver for Slacko-6.3.0 k3.14.55-nopae  

Here is the 32-bit wl driver for Slacko-6.3.0 k3.14.55-nopae as a .pet:

broadcom_wl_v6.30.223.271_x86_32-k3.14.55_nopae_s630.pet

Creates wlan0

Needs a reboot and blacklisting of any drivers which are claiming the Broadcom wifi device (in my case b43 & ssb).

Unlike previous versions of the wl driver that claimed devices which it shouldn't, this version does not claim a device if another driver is claiming it.

Specific to k3.14.55-nopae and won't work with any other kernel.

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PostPosted: Sun 31 Jan 2016, 10:54    Post subject:  

Anyone has wl module for slacko64-6.3.0. (k 4.1.11) or Tahr64-6.0.5 (k 3.14.54)?
If not, can someone point to the sources, patches and any special module making instructions? (long thread to search Embarassed )

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Feb 2016, 05:41    Post subject: How-to  

mavrothal wrote:
Anyone has wl module for slacko64-6.3.0. (k 4.1.11) or Tahr64-6.0.5 (k 3.14.54)?
If not, can someone point to the sources, patches and any special module making instructions? (long thread to search Embarassed )

Hi Mav

Check current version (currently 6.30.223.271) from:
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11

Get the most recent patched source from ubuntu or debian - e.g. from:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/broadcom-sta/6.30.223.271-7
(try upping the last number to get latest) get
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+archive/primary/+files/broadcom-sta_6.30.223.271.orig.tar.xz

Extract the sources for the required arch - i386 or amd64 and have a look in broadcom-sta-6.30.223.271/amd64/src/wl/sys and check the latest kernel mentioned LINUX_VERSION in:
wl_cfg80211_hybrid.c
wl_linux.c

(Currently = 4.2.0 so 4.1.11 and 3.14.54 should be ok)

patch wl_linux.c at about line #220 - change eth% to wlan%

In a system with devx and kernel sources installed, open a terminal in the extracted sources folder and type:
make

Result if compilation finishes without errors is wl.ko in the folder

If the compilation fails and your kernel is later than the one above, search the web for suitable patches!!

Package as a .pet for the particular kernel (i.e. correct name for /lib/modules/xxxx/kernel/drivers/net/wireless) with a pinstall.sh that just calls depmod -a

Test - install the .pet, then:
modprobe wl
lsmod
dmesg

to check that the new module loads without errors

then in a running system, blacklist whatever drivers were claiming the wifi device

upload to a repository and share....

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Feb 2016, 07:44    Post subject: Re: How-to  

Thanks for the info.

peebee wrote:

Get the most recent patched source from ubuntu or debian - e.g. from:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/broadcom-sta/6.30.223.271-2
<snip>
patch wl_linux.c at about line #220 - change eth% to wlan%

So from all the 8 Debian patches you only apply "03-rename-to-wlan0.patch" or others too?
Do you use any of the Debian control files?

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Feb 2016, 07:54    Post subject: Re: How-to  

mavrothal wrote:
Thanks for the info.

peebee wrote:

Get the most recent patched source from ubuntu or debian - e.g. from:
https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/broadcom-sta/6.30.223.271-2
<snip>
patch wl_linux.c at about line #220 - change eth% to wlan%

So from all the 8 Debian patches you only apply "03-rename-to-wlan0.patch" or others too?
Do you use any of the Debian control files?

I think? the other patches should already have been applied in the ubuntu sources.....

don't use any control files.....

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PostPosted: Mon 01 Feb 2016, 14:13    Post subject:  

OK thanks.
Was actually pretty smooth and fast (should be easy to just make script to automate this Wink ) .
Only the "03-rename-to-wlan0.patch" debian patch was used.

The modules works fine in my hardware with Slacko64-3.6.0.1 (k4.1.11) and Tahr64-6.0.5 (k3.14.54).

So here are the pets for the Broadcom wl WiFi module for the 3.14.54 64bit kernel and for the 4.1.11 64bit kernel
(Note: datafilehost is both sneaky and annoying. The "Download" button is the small one... and even then you should unckeck the "Download with Secured Download manager" option just under it)

UPDATE I experienced freezes with the 4.1.11 module. So I recompiled using the 03-rename-to-wlan0, 04-user_ioctl, 05-remove-time-and-date-macros, and 13-broadcom-sta-6.30.223.248-linux-3.18-null-pointer-crash debian patches and is more stable.
Also updated the install scripts and added also an unisntall script in the pets. Both pets uploaded in the above links and are now in version 5.

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PostPosted: Tue 02 Feb 2016, 02:29    Post subject:  

Just a notion to early adopters that the files above have been updated.
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PostPosted: Sun 07 Feb 2016, 03:33    Post subject: WL driver for Tahrpup 6.0.5 pae kernel 3.14.56  

see next post - best to use peebee's driver.
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PostPosted: Sun 07 Feb 2016, 06:47    Post subject: wl drivers for tahrpup-6.0.5 all flavours  

Updated 17-feb

Thanks @ozsouth

The complete set of drivers in .pet format for all flavours of tahrpup-6.0.5 with "standard" kernels are now in 666philb's tahrpup repositories:

http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/pet_packages-tahr/
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/pet_packages-tahr64/

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PostPosted: Sun 07 Feb 2016, 07:20    Post subject:  

Thanks PeeBee. Would definitely be good to have these in the general repository, as I couldn't find one, so made another somewhat untidy module.
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PostPosted: Sun 14 Feb 2016, 20:27    Post subject: Re: wl drivers for tahrpup-6.0.5 all flavours  

peebee wrote:
Thanks @ozsouth

The complete set of drivers in .pet format for all flavours of tahrpup-6.0.5 with "standard" kernels is at:
http://smokey01.com/peebee/broadcom/tahr-6.0.5/

I've sent a pm to 666philb suggesting he might like to add them to his repository.



Hello. I am running TahrPup 6.0.5 64 bit with a Broadcom BCm4313 driver. Can you help me withe specific directions to get it working? I understand some of the basics, but just can't quite get it correct.
Thank you.
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