FreeBSD 6.2-RC1 issues Acer Aspire 5102 WLMi

Abdullah Al-Marrie almarrie at
Mon Dec 18 10:29:39 PST 2006

On 12/18/06, Scot Hetzel <swhel at> wrote:
> On 12/18/06, Abdullah Al-Marrie <almarrie at> wrote:
> > Hello guys,
> >
> > First thanks for the hard work to make FreeBSD good for desktop environment.
> >
> > Here is my case with Acer Aspire 5102 WLMi with the latest bios 2.40
> >
> > 2. I can't use my WLAN which is broadcom, I was forced to use an older
> > drivers, since ndis has problem with reading the latest driver from
> > broadcom.
> > Here are the files
> >
> >
> >
> > And here is the 78 MB full package for the driver in zip file
> >
> >
> > Could someone convert the 2 files to a kernel module? please let me know.
> >
> You need to apply the patch in PR 106131 to use the newer versions of
> the broadcom driver.  I have tested it with version from
> HPs web site (SP33008.exe).
> Scot
> --
> No electrons were mamed while sending this message. Only slightly bruised.

Here what I get when I try the ndisgen

/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:76: warning: initialization makes
integer from pointer without a cast
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:76: error: initializer element is not constant
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:76: error: (near initialization for
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:76: error: initializer element is not constant
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:76: error: (near initialization for
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c: In function `windrv_modevent':
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:221: error: `ndis_devs_pci' undeclared
(first use in this function)
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:221: error: (Each undeclared identifier
is reported only once
/usr/share/misc/windrv_stub.c:221: error: for each function it appears in.)
build failed. Exiting.

Check the attached file for more errors please.

My WLAN broadcom chip is BCM 4318 Rev 2

pci6: <network> at device 2.0 (no driver attached)
cbb0: <PCI-CardBus Bridge> mem 0xc0203000-0xc0203fff irq 20 at device
4.0 on pci6

cardbus0: <CardBus bus> on cbb0
pccard0: <16-bit PCCard bus> on cbb0
pci6: <memory, flash> at device 4.1 (no driver attached)
pci6: <base peripheral> at device 4.2 (no driver attached)
pci6: <memory, flash> at device 4.3 (no driver attached)
pci6: <memory, flash> at device 4.4 (no driver attached)

Beside of that OpenBSD folks working on the new driver which is known
as bcw for the broadcom chips.

Also, here is file which helps with Acer bios, I wish FreeBSD
commiters can take care of it.

290radio.tgz - 2KB - 2004-10-18

Driver for Acer TravelMate 29x laptops developed by Franz Klammer.
Distributed under the GNU General Public License (GPL).
Should also work for bluetooth.

This is very important to get Acer WLAN and Blutooth to be working
afrer getting the ndis modules done.

Thank you,

-Abdullah Ibn Hamad Al-Marri
Arab Portal Network
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