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PostPosted: Mon May 11, 2009 1:17 am    Post subject: So close! Reply with quote

Hi, I installed both net-wireless/b43-fwcutter and net-wireless/bcm43xx-fwcutter to get my mac-mini wifi working.

Here are some infos:

Linux 2.6.29-gentoo-r3 #1 ppc 7447A, altivec supported PowerMac10,1 GNU/Linux

From DMesg:

b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the latest firmware (version 4).

ifconfig:

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:11:24:96:26:be
BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

wmaster0 Link encap:UNSPEC HWaddr 00-11-24-96-26-BE-10-0D-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00
BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

I know I'm close, what's missing?
Thanks for the help!
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PostPosted: Tue May 12, 2009 3:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the latest firmware (version 4).


Exactly as the kernel says, you need to install the firmware for the card.
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:37 pm    Post subject: Re: So close! Reply with quote

Progman3K wrote:
Hi, I installed both net-wireless/b43-fwcutter and net-wireless/bcm43xx-fwcutter to


For the Mac-Mini G4 you need the b43-fwcutter only. Then follow the instructions on http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#fw-b43-new.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 07, 2009 8:01 am    Post subject: PHY transmission error Reply with quote

Hi,
I'm running 2.6.27-gentoo-r8, wpa_supplicant-0.6.9 on the BCM4318 with WPA2-PSK/CCMP. First I tried latest firmware broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5 and got lots of logs like
Code:
[kernel] b43-phy0 ERROR: PHY transmission error
though it is working fine.

Then I read in the Ubuntu forums that broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 would fix this and it's true. Is there anything about running the older firmware even with kernel 2.6.27? Has anyone noticed the same?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 22, 2009 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: PHY transmission error Reply with quote

Hi Massimo,

Massimo B. wrote:
Hi,
I'm running 2.6.27-gentoo-r8, wpa_supplicant-0.6.9 on the BCM4318 with WPA2-PSK/CCMP. First I tried latest firmware broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5 and got lots of logs like
Code:
[kernel] b43-phy0 ERROR: PHY transmission error
though it is working fine.


I had the same issues and messages in my logs. No, actually it was even worse. The card would randomly disconnect from the AP and not reconnect. After some months and getting more and more annoyed, I found out that It was a setting which I had added some time ago to the module options for b43:
Code:
options b43 hwpctl=1

This is better left as it normally is, default is off, hence disabling the hardware power management. For what it is worth, it is working now like a charm and I have had no dropped connections since then.

Massimo B. wrote:
Then I read in the Ubuntu forums that broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0 would fix this and it's true. Is there anything about running the older firmware even with kernel 2.6.27? Has anyone noticed the same?


I suppose the b43 guys know what they are talking about. So I always stick to what they are suggesting and therefore I am still using the 4.150.10.5 firmware.

Cheers,
Thomas
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 27, 2009 2:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

any news about this one?

i am on a:

Code:
Linux powerbook 2.6.31-gentoo-r6 #2 Sat Dec 26 15:58:40 CET 2009 ppc 7447A, altivec supported PowerBook5,5 GNU/Linux


i've used the instructions of http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#fw-b43-lp

using firmware 4.174.64.19 , but my log is full of

b43-phy0 ERROR: PHY transmission error
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So far, no news about that. I just drop the kernel messages with metalog:
/etc/metalog.conf:
Dropped kernel messages :

   facility  = "kern"
   regex     = "Setting specified fan speed"
   regex     = "Adjusting limits by"
   regex     = "b43-phy0 ERROR"
   command   = "echo"
   break     = 1

Any other idea for dropping log messages than "echo"?
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 31, 2009 2:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the problem seems to be gone with
gentoo-sources-2.6.32-r1

Code:
CONFIG_B43=m
CONFIG_B43_PCI_AUTOSELECT=y
CONFIG_B43_PCICORE_AUTOSELECT=y
# CONFIG_B43_PCMCIA is not set
# CONFIG_B43_PHY_LP is not set
CONFIG_B43_LEDS=y
CONFIG_B43_HWRNG=y
# CONFIG_B43_DEBUG is not set
# CONFIG_B43LEGACY is not set
CONFIG_SSB_B43_PCI_BRIDGE=y
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