[CentOS] Kernel Panic with wl.ko (Broadcom wireless driver) [CentOS 5.4]

Akemi Yagi amyagi at gmail.com
Wed Mar 10 20:23:46 UTC 2010

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 11:45 AM, Martin Jungowski <martin at rhm.de> wrote:
> Been experimenting with CentOS 5.4 some more. In order to get my wireless
> card to work (Broadcom BCM4311) I need Broadcom's wl.ko driver (http://
> www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php).
> I downloaded the 2.6.27 kernel source and compiled my own kernel and it
> seems to work with that. However, for some weird reason, with any given
> self-compiled kernel (tried 2.6.18-8, 2.6.25 and 2.6.27) klaptop won't
> allow me to configure any standby/hibernation options because it doesn't
> recognize any of them. They do work perfectly fine though, I can pm-
> suspend the laptop from command-line.
> Any idea what else I could do? Either getting wl.ko to work with 2.6.18
> (does somebody have a version older than that they could email
> me?) or getting klaptop to realize that the laptop does indeed know how
> th suspend and hibernate with a non-CentOS-kernel would be fine.

There is a "CentOS" kernel 2.6.24. If you wish to give it a try, you
can download from my site at:


It is a direct rebuild of the Red Hat MRG realtime kernel[1]. Please
note that I offer them for testing purposes, not for production use.


[1] http://www.redhat.com/docs/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_MRG/1.2/html/Realtime_Installation_Guide/chap-Realtime_Installation_Guide-Download.html#sect-Realtime_Installation_Guide-Download-RT_Kernel_Variants

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