Wireless Inspiron 6400 anyone?
pbowen at fastmail.fm
Sun Oct 22 01:47:33 UTC 2006
> On Sunday 22 October 2006 00:06, Patrick Bowen wrote:
>> Lane wrote:
>>> I've a new inspiron 6400 running FreeBSD 6.1 and I can't get Wireless to
>>> work. It works on WXP using the Dell WLAN drivers at
>>> I've followed the instructions at
>>> vers/ but no ndis driver shows up after kldload if_ndis.
>>> ifconfig -a looks like:
>>> bfe0: flags=8843<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,SIMPLEX,MULTICAST> mtu 1500
>>> inet6 fe80::215:c5ff:feb8:39e%bfe0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
>>> inet 172.16.1.42 netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast 172.16.1.255
>>> ether 00:15:c5:b8:03:9e
>>> media: Ethernet autoselect (100baseTX <full-duplex>)
>>> status: active
>>> mtu 1500
>>> inet6 fe80::304f:c0ff:fe9c:7541%fwe0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x2
>>> inet 0.0.0.0 netmask 0xff000000 broadcast 255.255.255.255
>>> ether 32:4f:c0:9c:75:41
>>> ch 1 dma 0
>>> lo0: flags=8049<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING,MULTICAST> mtu 16384
>>> inet6 ::1 prefixlen 128
>>> inet6 fe80::1%lo0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x3
>>> inet 127.0.0.1 netmask 0xff000000
>>> It seems as if the fwe0 devices wants to be the wireless, as the bfe0
>>> driver is my "wired" ethernet card.
>>> Any help is appreciated.
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>> When I did the same thing for a Broadcom wireless card the resulting
>> loadable module was named "bcmwl5_sys". Did you end up with something
>> appropriate to your .sys and .inf files?
>> Also, the .sys and .inf files that came on the disk that came with the
>> card either wouldn't work with ndisgen, or gave a file that didn't work
>> with the card. I ended up using the .sys and .inf files from the Dell
>> website that were reference in another ndis article.
>> Good Luck.
> Thanks for your attention.
> Yes, when I tried ndisgen the file bcmwl5_sys.ko was created, but I got a
> kernel panic when I tried to kldload it.
> Do you remember the filename that you downloaded from DELL? Did you save it?
> Or do you have the link for the other ndis article you mentioned?
> What about pciconf on your system? Does it show this card and chip
> none4 at pci11:0:0: class=0x028000 card=0x00071028 chip=0x431114e4
> rev=0x01 hdr=0x00
> vendor = 'Broadcom Corporation'
> class = network
> Thanks, again
> If nothing else, your response tells me that I'm on the right track.
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I can't find the article, but the file is R50907.EXE. You can find it by
googling "dell R50907". Heres a link....
It's a self-extracting Windows archive.
BTW, you asked about my pciconf. Here ya go...
none3 at pci6:4:0: class=0x028000 card=0x000617f9 chip=0x431814e4 rev=0x02
vendor = 'Broadcom Corporation'
class = network
Also, if this is on a mini-card, you should be able to crack the case
and look at the card and see exactly what the chipset is. Mine is a
Hope this helps some.
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