[CentOS-devel] new drivers for 5.3

Tue Dec 23 12:13:47 UTC 2008
Dag Wieers <dag at centos.org>

On Tue, 23 Dec 2008, Michael Simpson wrote:

> On 12/22/08, Karanbir Singh <kbsingh at centos.org> wrote:
>> Michael Simpson wrote:
>>> Does this mean that the driver name will change to b43 (as i thought
>>> that bcm43xx was deprecated)?
>>> If not then will we need to change the firmware by cutting from
>>> and will bcm43xx-fwcutter work for this?
>> 5.3 isnt out yet, and the only people who can answer that question are
>> upstream, so you can either ask them - or hang tight for another 2 odd
>> months
> ta, will do

Take a look at the upstream kernels, which are close to what is (or will 
be) in RHEL 5.3:


I am using 2.6.18-128.el5 and the kernel module is called bcm43xx.ko, 
however there is no driver version information inside the module. Maybe 
this is useful:

[root at moria root]# modinfo bcm43xx
filename:       /lib/modules/2.6.18-128.el5/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx.ko
license:        GPL
author:         Michael Buesch
author:         Stefano Brivio
author:         Martin Langer
description:    Broadcom BCM43xx wireless driver
srcversion:     419F33DA6A6B5DB8D3C9F1E
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004325sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004324sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004320sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004319sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004318sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004312sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004311sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004307sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
alias:          pci:v000014E4d00004301sv*sd*bc*sc*i*
depends:        ieee80211,ieee80211softmac
vermagic:       2.6.18-128.el5 SMP mod_unload gcc-4.1
parm:           pio:enable(1) / disable(0) PIO mode (int)
parm:           bad_frames_preempt:enable(1) / disable(0) Bad Frames Preemption (int)
parm:           short_retry:Short-Retry-Limit (0 - 15) (int)
parm:           long_retry:Long-Retry-Limit (0 - 15) (int)
parm:           locale:int
parm:           country:Select LocaleCode 0-11 (For travelers)
parm:           noleds:Turn off all LED activity (int)
parm:           fwpostfix:Postfix for .fw files. Useful for using multiple firmware image versions. (string)
module_sig:     883f35049492f585cdc734e64d24fa1127e940a0a84a8b66cad23f785322156554a5d5df64f41b830a095d1cb6a69e1e39d38fe043242a6f9daefe27d

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