Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 17th Mar 2007 00:26 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu During my 8 years of Linux on and off usage I have tried more distros than I have chocolate bars. Each one of my previous encounters meant that I had to spend at least 2 days configuring before I have a desktop that I was somewhat comfortable with. With Ubuntu Feisty Fawn's latest test beta --for the first time ever-- this was not the case. I was up and running with all the niceties I wanted within 2 hours.
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BCM43xx
by Poningru on Sat 17th Mar 2007 03:24 UTC
Poningru
Member since:
2007-03-17

Dont have much gripe with this article, just one mistake:
you dont need ndiswrapper for bcm43xx chips, all you need to do is add the firmware:
sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter

The reason for not having the firmware is ofcourse that broadcom does not allow for the firmware to be distributed with linux distros.

edited: reason for missing firmware

Edited 2007-03-17 03:26

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RE: BCM43xx
by Eugenia on Sat 17th Mar 2007 03:27 in reply to "BCM43xx"
Eugenia Member since:
2005-06-28

This package is already installed but it does NOT work with my chipset. The 1390 card is pretty new, not sure if it works out of the box with the bcm43xx.

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RE[2]: BCM43xx
by sbergman27 on Sat 17th Mar 2007 14:50 in reply to "RE: BCM43xx"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Eugenia,

Does lspci tell you the exact broadcom chipset used?

The 4318 still has substantial problems even with 2.6.20, though some previous models received some pretty substantial fixes in that release. The fix for the 4318 is not a trivial one, apparently, but they are working on it. (Something to do with "power transmission", I think.)

I've spent many an hour trying to get my 4318 stable using the bcm43xx driver, just as a matter of principle, but with very limited success.

The standard advice is still to just use ndiswrapper for now.

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RE[2]: BCM43xx
by elsewhere on Sat 17th Mar 2007 20:59 in reply to "RE: BCM43xx"
elsewhere Member since:
2005-07-13

This package is already installed but it does NOT work with my chipset. The 1390 card is pretty new, not sure if it works out of the box with the bcm43xx.

It does, sort of. They had issues with it since the 1390 is PCI-e based, there was no support for that initially but it is in the current kernels.

The bigger issue is that they had problems with throughput, it was limited to fairly low speeds.

A patch was recently put into -mm for inclusion in 2.6.21 that addresses this, I'm not sure if it will be released in time for Feisty though.

I can say, though, that after 6 months of pounding my head against the wall and futilely playing with various git pulls of wireless-dev, I do finally have the 1390 (it's really a bcm 4311) running natively at full speed with bcm43xx currently under 2.6.21-rc3-mm2.

Until it's formally released though, I'd agree that ndiswrapper is simply an easier and stabler solution.

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