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[Bug 673054] Symlinks /lib/firmware/brcm/bcm43xx-0.fw and /lib/firmware/brcm/bcm43xx_hdr-0.fw are missing from the package kernel-firmware

https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=673054

https://bugzilla.novell.com/show_bug.cgi?id=673054#c7


Ulrich Fieseler <ulfie_monster@xxxxxxxx> changed:

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--- Comment #7 from Ulrich Fieseler <ulfie_monster@xxxxxxxx> 2011-02-21
16:35:44 UTC ---
Had a similar problem with another Broadcom WiFi card (I hope we are all
talking about PCI, not USB here), but /var/log/messages contained instructions
on how to fix it, namely to execute a script (the name of which was mentioned
there) that (with a running connection to the net!) would download a closed
source driver, cut out the relevant firmware from that and store it in
/lib/firmware. I needed to reboot afterwards to actually get WiFi to run, just
trying to set up a connection again was not sufficient to make the driver use
the newly obtained firmware.

Actually, this seems to be the only reasonable way to do that: The firmware
stuff is NOT free (and thus should not be available in any repo), but you can
(and have to!) download it somehow. So either you make the user do it all
manually (as suggested on the upstream web pages) or you provide him with such
a script. Of course it would be nice if there were some kind of dialog during
the installation process that told the user about what he has to do; currently
it is like waiting for the user to browse the system log after something has
been left in a not working state.

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