Lane wrote:
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:

        inet6 fe80::215:c5ff:feb8:39e%bfe0 prefixlen 64 scopeid 0x1
        inet netmask 0xffffff00 broadcast
        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 netmask 0xff000000 broadcast
        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 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 combination?

[EMAIL PROTECTED]: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...

[EMAIL PROTECTED]:4:0: class=0x028000 card=0x000617f9 chip=0x431814e4 rev=0x02 hdr=0x00
   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 BCM94318.

Hope this helps some.


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