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Broadcom-STA "wl" wifi drivers
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Oct 2017, 18:10    Post subject:  

My attempts failed - as above. Seems the source I used (from Broadcom's site) is out of date (didn't work beyond kernel 4.2.0 - the k 4.4.70 driver I made was too flaky to use). However, someone must have updated source, as I have a driver for Slacko64 6.9.9.9 k 4.9.30 that works fine.
EDIT: Now have updated source - see below!

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belham2

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Oct 2017, 18:17    Post subject:  

ozsouth wrote:
My attempts failed - as above. Seems the source I used (from Broadcom's site) is out of date (didn't work beyond kernel 4.2.0 - the k 4.4.70 driver I made was too flaky to use). However, someone must have updated source, as I have a driver for Slacko64 6.9.9.9 k 4.9.30 that works fine.



Hi Ozsouth!

Well, crap then, I'll just ditch the darn Xenial64 on wireless and use Slacko64-6.9.9.9 with kernel 4.9.30 (I have it frugal installed, so it'll be easy). Any chance I could convince you to upload yours (the wl.ko driver) to your tinydownload repo and post the link here (or did you already post it earlier and I missed it)? Would be deeply appreciated Wink
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Oct 2017, 18:57    Post subject:  

Wait - ubuntu may have usable patched source - not sure, but will try later today. I googled broadcom 6.30.223.271- and got
broadcom-sta-source_6.30.223.271-7_all.deb
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Wed 25 Oct 2017, 19:07    Post subject:  

Broadcom wl driver 64bit k 4.9.30, .pet, with apologies to creator, as I can't remember where I got it.
http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=77917793625151554706
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Oct 2017, 03:02    Post subject: SUCCESS  

Ok, I've got updated source (July 2017) for 64bit wl driver - can now create newer modules. Must have kernel sources & devx for desired puppy loaded.
Then cd / and expand (tar -zxvf) source file attached. Then cd /hybrid_wl & run make.
http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=04330085826757166267

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Oct 2017, 03:10    Post subject:  

Broadcom module for Xenialpup64 7.0.8.5 k 4.9.15 available via link below.
Need to skiplist b43, bcma, brcmsmac, ssb (in /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG). Then copy wl.ko to /lib/modules/4.9.15/kernel/drivers/net/wireless.
Then run depmod in terminal & reboot. Connect via SNS. Will show as wlan0 (most likely).
http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=97825426461942023666
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belham2

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Oct 2017, 03:37    Post subject:  

ozsouth wrote:
Broadcom module for Xenialpup64 7.0.8.5 k 4.9.15 available via link below.
Need to skiplist b43, bcma, brcmsmac, ssb (in /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG). Then copy wl.ko to /lib/modules/4.9.15/kernel/drivers/net/wireless.
Then run depmod in terminal & reboot. Connect via SNS. Will show as wlan0 (most likely).
http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=97825426461942023666


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Very Happy You are the "wireless Broadcom man", Ozsouth. This is much appreciated (also thank you for the Slacko one previous msg). I'll test them out over the next few days and see how they work. Then I need to post about both of these in the Xenial64 and Slacko64 threads & link them to you here. Others will be interested, that's for sure.

Thanks again! Wink
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Oct 2017, 03:49    Post subject:  

Glad to be useful, belham2.
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Thu 26 Oct 2017, 04:19    Post subject:  

Broadcom module for Slacko64 6.9.9.9 k 4.4.70 (new src) available via link below.
Need to skiplist b43, bcma, brcmsmac, ssb (in /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG). Then copy wl.ko to /lib/modules/4.4.70/kernel/drivers/net/wireless.
Then run depmod in terminal & reboot. Connect via SNS. Will show as wlan0 (most likely).
http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=81166981006036858202
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belham2

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Oct 2017, 12:38    Post subject: Re: SUCCESS  

ozsouth wrote:
Ok, I've got updated source (July 2017) for 64bit wl driver - can now create newer modules. Must have kernel sources & devx for desired puppy loaded.
Then cd / and expand (tar -zxvf) source file attached. Then cd /hybrid_wl & run make.
http://s000.tinyupload.com/?file_id=04330085826757166267


Hi Ozsouth,

Ok, I decided I'd try to do one of these, follow what you wrote, and see what happens. Can you give me any tips what my stupid brain is not getting right? Much thanks.

I am in Barry's EasyLinux 0.6, I have his devx loaded, and also loaded his kernel-sources-patched-k4.13.2 (which is the kernel in easy). I performed all this in your extracted folder, via opened terminal, of the updated broadcom 64 wl driver. Here's the pics, they show what happened as it (terminal) stopped & exited itself right there, at the beginning (last pic is just the binutils, to make sure PPM showed they were installed given what the terminal error was saying):
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Oct 2017, 13:38    Post subject:  

hi belham, tell me to butt out and i will

is your extracted source in a directory named hybrid_wl ?

also, not sure if its important but you might try building from system root /hybrid_wl/ (your extracted source here)

ok butting out mode.....

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belham2

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Oct 2017, 14:28    Post subject:  

perdido wrote:
hi belham, tell me to butt out and i will

is your extracted source in a directory named hybrid_wl ?

also, not sure if its important but you might try building from system root /hybrid_wl/ (your extracted source here)

ok butting out mode.....



Yes, by all means, butt in, which is/was better than me stuck with my head up my butt wondering what to do. Laughing The result? You are running for Prez, Perdido. I'm going back to D.C. myself & throwing our twittering goofball out & installing your "butt" Wink

This is where Barry's voodoo EasyLinux mystifies me (as a poor user) at times. Look at this pic below---how in blueblazes he!! am I supposed to know which root is root and which root is NOT root? Is not "root" the same thing as "~"?? And I was in "hybrid_wl" folder for the "root" one that failed, yet in "~" it worked. Dang, it's dam# voodoo is what it is. Heck, I didn't/don't even have any of those crazy Containers going in Easy at the moment so..... (p.s. thank you, as you can see it worked dragging "hybrid_wl" from "root" to "~", and running 'make' again).
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Pete22


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PostPosted: Fri 27 Oct 2017, 15:11    Post subject: updated broadcom wifi drives  

ozsouth:

Thank you for making updated broadcom wifi files. I would love to use them, I tried to follow the instructions,
but I could not find the sbin file that I was to modify. I guess am not geeky enough to understand the directions.

Can you or someone else make packages for the preinstall and/or post install directions so I could use these pets?


Pete
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Oct 2017, 20:24    Post subject:  

A few pages back, I said I was a tinkerer who's had some success. belham2 showed above that my compile method needed tweaking for his system.
@Pete22, I'm struggling to understand where sbin is needed. My wl.ko modules, when downloaded, go in
/lib/modules/(insert your kernel no. here)/kernel/drivers/net/wireless
Then in a terminal, run depmod. Then modify /etc/rc.d/MODULESCONFIG in a text editor by adding to the line which begins SKIPLIST=
Remember to have a space either side of each entry, i.e. SKIPLIST=" arcfb b43 bcma brcmsmac ssb
then save and reboot.
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ozsouth

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PostPosted: Sun 29 Oct 2017, 19:19    Post subject:  

For XenialPup64 7.0.8.6 wl driver: http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=107331&start=412


Edit: I actually made a working driver from the source I provided earlier on this page just as a test.
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