wireless on HP compaq 6715s - Broadcom BCM5906m - not supported?

Paul B Mahol onemda at gmail.com
Mon Jul 5 18:15:34 UTC 2010

On Mon, Jul 5, 2010 at 11:54 AM, Anton Shterenlikht <mexas at bristol.ac.uk> wrote:
> I've HP Compaq 6715s laptop.
> Looking at "pciconf -lv" output, the
> wireless (and ethernet) device is:
> bge0 at pci0:16:0:0:       class=0x020000 card=0x30c2103c chip=0x171314e4 rev=0x02 hdr=0x00
>    vendor     = 'Broadcom Corporation'
>    device     = 'Broadcom NetLink (TM) Fast Ethernet (BCM5906m)'
>    class      = network
>    subclass   = ethernet

I see only ethernet, which is supported fine.

> I tried to search on the net, including FBSD hardware release notes,
> and it seems this device is not supported.

For wireless check bwi(4) and bwn(4) manual pages.

> Can anybody comment on/confirm this please?
> Any experience using this chip with NDIS?

Works fine on i386, with few known problems with known workarounds.
amd64 is usually broken.

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