Opened 8 years ago

Closed 8 years ago

Last modified 2 years ago

#3392 closed defect (fixed)

broadcom-wl update in r10137 breaks older hardware (such as WL-500g)

Reported by: Fatus Owned by: developers
Priority: normal Milestone: Barrier Breaker 14.07
Component: packages Version:
Keywords: broadcom-wl wl-500g wl_attach Cc:


Since r10137 (2008-01-06), older Broadcom hardware such as the WL-120g card in the Asus WL-500g is no longer supported (wl_attach fails). The culprit probably lies within the new v4.150.10.5 driver.

This ticket's first purpose is to just document for the public the fact that WL-500g is broken since. Secondly, to get some comments as to how to handle the situation -- whether the hardware should be simply declared "unsupported" since after 7.09 or a new broadcom-wl-old package should be set up etc.

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comment:1 Changed 8 years ago by Fatus

Interestingly, the b43 driver's page on states (in the context of explaining the difference between b43 and b43legacy):

Broadcom did not release any version 4 firmware files for some older boards, possibly due to memory constraints on the cards themselves.

I guess this is exactly what's missing in the broadcom-wl binary stuff since r10137.

comment:2 Changed 8 years ago by Fatus

Oleg's firmware page also seems to confirm:

"This firmware no longer supports original WL-500g/b/bv2/WL-300g/WL-HDD units: hardware vendor no longer support BCM4702 CPU. [...] Updated WiFi module to latest ( (from the WL-500W firmware)"

The way I understand it, the problem lies within the wl_apsta.o etc. binary code that seems to be dependent on the host CPU and is not just executed by the wireless module itself?

comment:3 Changed 8 years ago by florian

  • Resolution set to fixed
  • Status changed from new to closed

b43legacy is working with such hardware. Fixed with [13164].

comment:4 Changed 2 years ago by jow

  • Milestone changed from Attitude Adjustment 12.09 to Barrier Breaker 14.07

Milestone Attitude Adjustment 12.09 deleted

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