[PlanetCCRMA] rt kernels, ho, ho, ho!

paul paschmidt57 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 17:15:35 PST 2011

On 01/03/2011 07:13 PM, Orcan Ogetbil wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 7:51 PM, paul wrote:
>> On 01/03/2011 06:35 PM, Orcan Ogetbil wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jan 3, 2011 at 7:21 PM, paul wrote:
>>>> I can confirm that it is the b43 driver that is causing the boot hang. I
>>>> blacklisted the b43 driver module, and then was successful in booting
>>>> the rt kernel.
>>>> I am not familiar with the recent changes in the Broadcom firmware. I
>>>> only recall reading that Broadcom had released it as open-source. I will
>>>> need to look into this further. I have a rpm package that contains the
>>>> firmware, that I made for Red Hat 5, but it worked in Fedora 10/11. I
>>>> see if that will work.
>>> Phew... That's an old distro. I didn't know there was wireless back
>>> then. Didn't that one have kernel-2.0 ?
>>> Orcan
>> You know that I mean RHEL 5!
> Hah! That was a bad miss from my side.
>> Besides, it doesn't work. Newer kernels need a newer firmware version.
>> More information can be found here:
>> http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#Fedora
>> There are also kernel patches so that the open-source firmware can be
>> used instead. This may be the way the PlanetCCRMA needs to go.
>> http://www.ing.unibs.it/openfwwf/
> I also noticed that there is a b43-openfwwf package we have in Fedora:
> Description : Open firmware for some Broadcom 43xx series WLAN chips.
>              : Currently supported models are 4306, 4311(rev1), 4318 and 4320.
> Orcan
Yes, but I believe that you need to patch the kernel before it can use 
the open-firmware.


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