ndis panic HP pavilion ze4400 won't boot

Neal Hogan nealhogan at gmail.com
Thu Jan 8 13:59:08 PST 2009

On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Glen Barber <glen.j.barber at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM, Neal Hogan <nealhogan at gmail.com> wrote:
> > I'm father new to fBSD. I hope this is the appropriate list to send this
> > question to.
> >
> > I just installed 7.1-RELEASE on my HP pavilion and attempted to configure
> my
> > Broadcom wlan card (BCM94309 version using ndisgen. I cp'd the
> > bcmwl5_sys.ko to /boot/kernel and added *bcmwl5_sys_load="YES"* to my
> > /boot/loader.conf. Now the machine will not boot. It crashes when it
> reaches
> > the ndis0 line. I've tried booting in all the modes but they all fail to
> > boot. I can escape to prompt, but am unsure what, if anything, I can do
> in
> > that mode to deal with the situation.
> >
> > With other releases (6.4 and 7.0) the machine would panick when I
> attempted
> > to ifconfig ndis0. However, I was able to boot in single user mode and
> > temporarily move the rc.conf file so that I cound boot in the default
> mode.
> > With 7.1, I don't appear to have that option.
> >
> > Is there anything I can do, short of a fresh install, to eliminate this
> > problem? I'm not too worried about getting the wifi up (although, I won't
> > turn down any advice). I just want the machine to boot.
> >
> I discovered a wierd hack to resolve this.  Remove the line(s) from
> loader.conf, and create an /etc/rc.local file containing the
> following:
> /sbin/kldload /boot/modules/bcmwl5_sys.ko
> That should survive a reboot.
> --
> Glen Barber
> "Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I
> learn." - Benjamin Franklin


 I tried your suggestion (which I appreciate) and it did survive rebooting.
However, bcmwl5_sys.ko was not loaded because there was no ndis interface.
So, I change the rc.local to

/sbin/kldload /boot/kernel/bcmwl5_sys.ko

Upon reboot, the system panicked when it loaded the rc.local file.

I don't know . . .


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