On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM, Neal Hogan <nealho...@gmail.com> wrote:
> I'm father new to fBSD. I hope this is the appropriate list to send this
> question to.
> I just installed 7.1-RELEASE on my HP pavilion and attempted to configure my
> Broadcom wlan card (BCM94309 version using ndisgen. I cp'd the
> bcmwl5_sys.ko to /boot/kernel and added *bcmwl5_sys_load="YES"* to my
> /boot/loader.conf. Now the machine will not boot. It crashes when it reaches
> the ndis0 line. I've tried booting in all the modes but they all fail to
> boot. I can escape to prompt, but am unsure what, if anything, I can do in
> that mode to deal with the situation.
> With other releases (6.4 and 7.0) the machine would panick when I attempted
> to ifconfig ndis0. However, I was able to boot in single user mode and
> temporarily move the rc.conf file so that I cound boot in the default mode.
> With 7.1, I don't appear to have that option.
> Is there anything I can do, short of a fresh install, to eliminate this
> problem? I'm not too worried about getting the wifi up (although, I won't
> turn down any advice). I just want the machine to boot.

I discovered a wierd hack to resolve this.  Remove the line(s) from
loader.conf, and create an /etc/rc.local file containing the

/sbin/kldload /boot/modules/bcmwl5_sys.ko

That should survive a reboot.

Glen Barber

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I
learn." - Benjamin Franklin
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