Hung laptop now will not boot 7.0-RC1

Scot Hetzel swhetzel at
Sun Jan 6 10:34:03 PST 2008

On 1/6/08, Darran <darranc at> wrote:
> Hello all,
> I downloaded, burnt and installed 7.0-RC1 (all torrent) on amd64
> I downloaded the dell windows drivers for my laptop wireless card (which
> worked on i3686 6.2-RELEASE) and used ndisgen to create the .ko file
> (bcmwl5_sys.ko) and loaded it and then realised I had created the 32 bit
> driver so I re-did it and used the 64 bit file and loaded the 64bit .ko and
> at that point my laptop (Dell Vostro 1000) hung.
> I had put bcmwl5_sys_load="YES" in the loader.conf file
> I rebooted and now I don't get anything. As soon as it starts to boot it
> stops.
> There is a screen showing kernel dump info and I can copy it if needed but I
> have to burn the rescue iso otherwise I cant boot.
> Is this a known problem ?
> Does anyone have any advice ?
If you have bcmwl5_sys_load in your loader.conf, this is causing the
32bit driver to load at boot, bcmwl563_sys_load needs to be placed in
loader.conf for the 64 bit driver.

To boot your system without the rescue CD, at the boot menu choose
"Escape to loader prompt".  Then use "unload" to unload all modules,
and "unset bcmwl5_sys" to disable loading of the bcmwl5_sys module.
Finally, use "boot" to continue booting.

When the system has finished booting, check /boot/loader.conf, does it
have bcmwl5_sys_load or bcmwl564_sys_load?

Also check that you placed the 64bit driver in your module path, and
removed the 32bit driver from the module path.


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