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Broadcom-STA "wl" wifi drivers
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Sun 20 Aug 2017, 10:50    Post subject:  

Seems like you're close. I can't download your tar.gz, but check the readme.
The one I used stated that all actions (expansion, make) had to be run in /hybrid_wl and nowhere else.
Yes, cd / then mkdir /hybrid_wl, then cd /hybrid_wl. Then expand then run make.
That's vital to correct script execution. If your script is the same, that may be your only problem.
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Puppyt

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PostPosted: Mon 21 Aug 2017, 20:24    Post subject:
Subject description: x130e and TahrPup64 (6.0.6)
 

Hiyer ozsouth -
SUCCESS!!

Since my last post on this thread I left the issue of Puppy on this Lenovo x130e to sit and stew. This morning when I resumed the project using a UEFI-usb TahrPup64 6.06 - quite forgetting that I had installed your pet. Doctored pic below shows the sequence of events - your module was picked up immediately and connected without issues! Dunno what happened to change issues - all it needed was a leaf from the Book of Micro$haft I suppose - "Turn it off, and then turn it back on again."
Cheers again Smile

...Oh hang on - I just checked and the MODULESCONFIG skiplist wasn't modified as you outlined earlier. Hmmm mystery deepens...

EDIT: 10 minutes later and I've officially weirded myself out - the USB mothership of TahrPup64 didn't transfer your wl.ko over into the pristine HDD install, as far as I can tell. So perhaps the TahrPup64 6.0.6 enables my dual-band BCM432224 card to work OOTB. Checking with earlier Pupplets, so I may be some time off on my tangent...
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boof

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Aug 2017, 03:55    Post subject:  

moved broadcom-sta to home directory
ran make
same error, below is segment of file where it stops [293]


/usr/src/linux/scripts/Makefile.build

# Built-in and composite module parts
292 $(obj)/%.o: $(src)/%.c $(recordmcount_source) $(objtool_obj) FORCE
293 $(call cmd,force_checksrc)
294 $(call if_changed_rule,cc_o_c)


EDIT #2
copy of end of make result.
^
In file included from /hybrid_wl/src/wl/sys/wl_cfg80211_hybrid.c:33:0:
./include/net/cfg80211.h:4304:6: note: expected ‘struct cfg80211_scan_info *’ but argument is of type ‘int’
void cfg80211_scan_done(struct cfg80211_scan_request *request,
^
scripts/Makefile.build:293: recipe for target '/hybrid_wl/src/wl/sys/wl_cfg80211_hybrid.o' failed
make[2]: *** [/hybrid_wl/src/wl/sys/wl_cfg80211_hybrid.o] Error 1
Makefile:1490: recipe for target '_module_/hybrid_wl' failed
make[1]: *** [_module_/hybrid_wl] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory '/usr/src/linux'
Makefile:159: recipe for target 'all' failed
make: *** [all] Error 2


EDIT#1
Will try to expand files in hybrid_wl
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Thu 24 Aug 2017, 14:28    Post subject:  

Sorry Boof. I do know that cfg80211 loads after wl.ko, but why the failure? This requires greater minds than mine.
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boof

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PostPosted: Wed 30 Aug 2017, 04:33    Post subject:  

deleted all broadcom sta files, and used ppm to download broadcom-sta-dkms-6.30_223_270_3. It installed without missing dependencies. I cold rebooted, but can't find the new driver.

I'm using Xenialpup64-7.0.8.5, wth the 4.9.15 kernel. devx and kernel sources are loaded. deb patch file is available to kernel 4.12.x

I have a Makefile in /usr/src/broadcom-sta-6.30.223.271 I will make it and see what happens.


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IT WORKED!!!!!!

wl.ko was created! now, I will delete all other broadcom drivers, and ask where do I put wl.ko?
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Wed 30 Aug 2017, 15:14    Post subject:  

Boof, I believe wl.ko should go in

/lib/modules/4.9.15/kernel/drivers/net/wireless

then from a terminal, run depmod & reboot.
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boof

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PostPosted: Thu 31 Aug 2017, 06:37    Post subject:  

that didn't work. depmod without filename or arguements?

Edit $1
Actually, wl is loaded at boot, but I can't see the driver or the device. It has a dependency,cfg80112, which I haven't proven loaded.
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Thu 31 Aug 2017, 14:47    Post subject:  

No arguments for depmod.
Your .pet may have done some skiplisting, as peebee's did. Check via running lsmod in a terminal. See if bcma/b43 are loaded. May need to skiplist these & others (see earlier posts bottom page 11) & reboot.
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boof

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PostPosted: Thu 31 Aug 2017, 17:02    Post subject:  

installing

/lib/modules/4.9.15/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/broadcom/wl/wl.ko

and running depmod

causes total loss of touchpad and its keys next boot..
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Sep 2017, 04:21    Post subject:  

Oh dear. Can't fathom that one. Sorry - I'm out of ideas. Hopefully someone smarter can help.
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boof

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Sep 2017, 01:29    Post subject:
Subject description: Solvered, but unhappy.
 

Quiried PPM for all files broadcom-sta, found 3, downloaded all, recompiled driver with API=CFG80211. put driver in
/lib/modules/4.9.15/kernel/drivers/net/wireless

ran modprobe lib80211
modprobe cfg80211
insmod /lib/modules/4.9.15/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/wl.ko

used Frizbee, but with an open network--wext support dropped last revision?????? My hotspot doesn't have WEP support. At least it works. I can block any pirates as my screenis on and I can see any users. What other M2 form factor cards are there I can use, with wext support?
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Sep 2017, 21:25    Post subject: new probs after reboot.  

I was able to select cfg80211 instead of wext for encoding, and have it work, but the change is not permanent, and I can't get that screen to come up again. ATM it's still trying to use ioctil, which my wl driver does not support. I can only connect via usb cable. Do I need a script to run modprobe lib80211 and modprobe cfg80211? I have used bootmanager to install these in correct order at boot. Cannot access wl driver for same. I've put it into /lib/modules/4.9.15/kernel/drivers/net/wireless driver appears to load, but will not connect. diagnotics attached
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Sun 10 Sep 2017, 08:36    Post subject:  

OK, back in Oz. Have downloaded Xenial64 7.0.8.5 & devx & kernel source. Attempted to compile wl - failed. Error message 'Neither CFG80211 nor Wireless Extension is enabled in kernel'. CFG80211 shows in /boot/config-4.9.15 as m (module), as it does in other puplets. Sorry but at that point I usually abandon the puplet, as I can't do kernel compiling.

EDIT: Have found (at last) newer source - see pg 14 - success!

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PostPosted: Thu 28 Sep 2017, 22:32    Post subject: Slacko64 k 4.4.70 wl.ko  

Broadcom wireless module Slacko64 k 4.4.70

** WITHDRAWN **

Further testing of this and k 3.16.43 version showed flaky performance. Increasingly, I don't seem to be able to resolve this. WL source code now over 2 years old. Apparently incompatible with newer kernels (got lucky with 3.14.79). Time to abandon it.

EDIT: newer source found - new driver for 4.4.70 64bit on pg14

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belham2

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Oct 2017, 17:52    Post subject:  

Has anyone been able to successfully make an overall broadcom-sta .pet (or wl.ko) for Phil's Xenial64 7.0.8 with kernel 4.9.15? Crying or Very sad
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