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

paul paschmidt57 at gmail.com
Mon Jan 3 18:30:00 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
I removed the stock b43-openfwwf package and installed the proprietary 
firmware. The rt kernel still hangs at the same spot. But the Fedora 
kernel boots OK with the proprietary firmware, and the wireless works. 
There may be something else that is broken here.


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