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Fedora 17 -> Fedora 19 Failing Broadcom 4311 problem

asked 2013-08-12 01:21:35 -0500

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updated 2013-08-21 18:28:47 -0500

I'm trying to keep my aging laptop (HP dv6226us) limping along with a failing Broadcom wireless card (white-listed in the bootrom unfortunately).

02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)

In F17 after the wireless card dropped and then refused reconnection, I could stop NetworkManager, modprobe -r (remove) the b43 kernel module (a few others were unloaded as a result), then modprobe (load) the b43 mod back in and start the NetworkManager ... and it worked (at least for a while). With F19, this procedure no longer works at all and a reboot is the only solution I have so far.

What changed between F17 and F19 so that my "recovery" procedure stopped working?

Suggestions for other workarounds? ... setpci commands?

[I'm getting closer to buying a pico USB WiFi plugin just to have another connection. Any recommendations on which work better with Linux?]


It's been quite a while since my Broadcom card has crapped out. Starting to wonder if some combination of b43, NetworkManager, wpa_supplicant, and d-bus, etc., was causing the problems all along. Will need to wait for failures to begin testing again.


After recent WiFi stoppage, tried my answer below and it worked!

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Fresh installed 19 or upgraded from 17?

yanglifu90 gravatar imageyanglifu90 ( 2013-08-12 03:04:11 -0500 )edit

From F17: $ fedup-cli --network 19

rickhg12hs gravatar imagerickhg12hs ( 2013-08-12 03:48:52 -0500 )edit

Try fresh install.

yanglifu90 gravatar imageyanglifu90 ( 2013-08-12 04:38:42 -0500 )edit

Will try "fresh install" as _the_ last resort. Why suffer hours of downtime with no certain solution at the end? May as well have BSOD.

rickhg12hs gravatar imagerickhg12hs ( 2013-08-12 12:07:00 -0500 )edit

Ridiculous Karma requirements prevent me from commenting on the answer below suggesting the Broadcom STA driver. Unfortunately it didn't work (kernel boot messages screamed like a Banshee) and blacklisted the b43 module, etc. Some painful kernel debugging got me back to where I was (and am now). Trying to modprobe the wl driver into the kernel resulted in a segfault. Is the wl module compatible with F19?

rickhg12hs gravatar imagerickhg12hs ( 2013-08-12 14:20:41 -0500 )edit

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answered 2013-08-12 05:23:22 -0500

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answered 2013-08-21 18:26:49 -0500

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Don't know the root cause, but when the WiFi fails, this works to get it going again:

$ service NetworkManager stop
$ modprobe -vr b43
$ service wpa_supplicant stop
$ service wpa_supplicant start
$ modprobe -v b43
$ service NetworkManager start
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