Thursday, 17 September 2009

One step forward, one step back.

I have been playing around with the pre-release versions of Ubuntu 9.10 and the good news is that the off-the-shelf functionality of ATI/Radeon Xnnn cards is superb. The bad news is that support for BCM43xx devices is no longer automagic, so I had to do it myself. Again.

Here's a quickie guide for installing B43 drivers for Ubuntu 9.10.

My device is a BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01) and the current kernel version is 2.6.31-10.

Taking this article as inspiration, here is the quickie guide for my setup.cd ~
mkdir b43
cd b43
wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
tar xjf b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
cd b43-fwcutter-012
make

cd ..
wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver
sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-012/b43-fwcutter -w "/lib/firmware" wl_apsta_mimo.o
sudo modprobe b43

Don't forget the modprobe b43 at the end (not in the guide).

I have also managed to install the Broadcom STA drivers which is 'better'. Follow the README instructions and off you go.

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