BCM4311 wireless network adapter detected but not functional

Sepherosa Ziehau sepherosa at gmail.com
Sun Oct 12 06:43:21 PDT 2008

On Thu, Oct 9, 2008 at 1:20 PM, Archimedes Gaviola
<archimedes.gaviola at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> I have a mini-PCI wireless network adapter on my laptop that wasn't
> detected on DragonFly 2.0.0 during installation. Since it wasn't
> detected, what I did is performing the steps in the
> bwi(4) manual http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/cgi/web-man?command=bwi&section=ANY
> and download the firmware at
> http://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/~sephe/bwi/v3.tbz. Now, the driver were
> detected (Broadcom BCM4311) but seems not functional. It doesn't show
> up after invoking ifconfig. Below is the dmesg output:
> device_probe_and_attach: bwi0 attach returned 6
> Preloaded elf module "/modules/if_bwi.ko" at 0xc07b93c8.
> bwi0: <Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 Wireless Lan> mem 0x31300000-0x31303fff
> irq 11 at device 0.0 on pci1
> bwi0: BBP: id 0x4311, rev 0x2, pkg 0
> bwi0: MAC rev 13 is not supported
> bwi0: no MAC was found
> And as I try looking at the /usr/src/sys/dev/netif/bwi/if_bwi.c code,
> BCM4311 is part of the supported device
>          "Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 Wireless Lan" },

Different MAC revs normally share same PCI id.  AFAIK, only relative
old 4311 works (I don't have any).  I would appreciate, if you could
update bwi according to the latest reverse-engineered spec :).  I
don't have time to do it currently.

Best Regards,

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