Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 374991
bcm43xx kernel module for Broadcom wireless card fails to load
Last modified: 2007-11-30 17:12:21 EST
Description of problem:
modprobe fails for find bcm43xx module for Broadcom wireless card. I have
copied the correct driver from Windows (BCMWL5.SYS), ran
bcm43xx-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware BCMWL5.SYS
which extracted the files seemingly without problem.
I then run modprobe bcm43xx and get the error:
[root@tatooine Desktop]# modprobe bcm43xx
FATAL: Module bcm43xx not found.
Running locate seems to indicate that the module is there (see partial output
below), but it won't load.:
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Fresh install of FC7 with all updates as of 11-09-07
Steps to Reproduce:
1.extract bcm files to /lib/firmware with fwcutter as directed in how-to
2.type 'modprobe bcm43xx' to attempt to load module
Module fails to load
The problem was that the bcm43xx modules weren't in the /lib/modules/... for
kernel-18.104.22.168-21.fc7. I rebooted into kernel 2.6.21... and everything worked
I had updated from kernel 2.6.21 to 2.6.23 - the available modules didn't
update with it, I guess.
The module name has changed to either b43 or b43legacy depending on which exact
model you may have.