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

Arturas Skauronas helpaz at gmail.com
Sun Mar 14 18:41:30 UTC 2010

On Wed, Mar 10, 2010 at 9:45 PM, 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). It compiles fine after
> the necessary modification in typedef.h, loads and wireless works.
> However, as soon as I put some load on that interface (scp something from
> another machine, download something with Firefox, etc.) the machine
> kernel panics. I've tried the stock 2.6.18 kernel, the latest
> 2.6.18-164-11, and the latest patched 2.6.18-164-11-bug4139.4192.4196
> (necessary to get my ALPS touchpad to work). I've tried two different
> versions of Broadcom's driver: and It doesn't
> kernel panic when I unload the wl kernel module, plug in a network cable
> and copy those files over ethernet.
> 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.
> Thanks,
> Martin

you can try rpmfusion.org given rpms or source rpms
i had problems with my wifi (bcm4328) on fedora12, and best sollution
I got is to use rpmfusion rpm's
if I remember I installed broadcom-wl,
kmod-wl- and
kmod-wl- rpms
and wifi worked just fine

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