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#1 2011-04-24 22:10:54

METZGERR
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Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Hi,

I installed networkmanager following the wiki article, added networkmanager to the deamon list (disabling network) - and my system freezes within seconds after activation or right on boot: screen gets black, total freeze (capslock light doesnt go on/off anymore, no keyboardinput). I am able to connect to a wireless network, but cannot determinate what exactly makes the system crash.

Im using Gnome 2.23.1, everything is up to date.

Help is appreciated, please tell me which logs i need to post to receive more help.
I tryed reinstalling arch from scretch (3 times) - no changes.


rc.conf

DAEMONS=(syslog-ng dbus !network networkmanager hal ntpd crond gdm)

lspci | grep BCM43

06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)

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#2 2011-04-25 12:30:39

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Update: solved it by using wicd. However, the system still crashes while using networkmanager.

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#3 2011-04-25 14:13:38

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Update2: Again a System freeze by using wicd. After reboot system wont start x.

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#4 2011-04-25 14:48:28

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Update 3: I'm with a PCI-ID [14e4:4727] / Name BCM4313 - which is, according to the wiki, "driver is included in the kernel since 2.6.37. No further action is necessary on the part of the user".

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#5 2011-04-25 15:44:33

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

I was going to suggest the native driver, but I see you arrived there on your own smile
Please add [SOLVED] to the thread title by editing your first post -- It helps others searching with the same problem
Thanks.


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#6 2011-04-25 18:45:04

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Oh, i missed to add that the problem is _not_ solved.
wicd / networkmanager keeps crashing with the native driver... =/

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#7 2011-04-25 18:55:28

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Are you running an up to date system with the latest kernel?


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#8 2011-04-25 18:58:43

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

everything is up to date!

2.6.38-ARCH

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#9 2011-04-25 19:17:46

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Ok then please report in this thread: https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?pid=923608

The developer of the brcm80211 driver also reads and responds there.


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#10 2011-04-26 16:29:43

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

I have the same BCM4313 card in hp g6 laptop.
lspci -nn | grep BCM
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4727] (rev 01)
and no problem with native driver.

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#11 2011-04-26 17:15:45

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Strange... since i re-installed arch 3 times: two times using the netinstall and once from the CD.
It was always a vanilla installation with gnome 2.23.1 (w/without gnome-extras) - nothing else installed.

And btw: it's a HP 625. Another user in the german forums is running smooth with the bcm4313 until he hits the hardware button to enable/disable the wifi/bluetooth adapter - then his system freezes, too.

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#12 2011-05-14 17:29:28

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

I have the same problem with BCM4313 on Dell Vostro 3500. I'm using wicd too. System freezes instantly. If I enable wifi before booting, linux freezes while starting. I'm using latest kernel from repo (2.6.38.6).

12:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4727] (rev 01)

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#13 2011-06-11 12:13:53

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Confirming issue on Lenovo B560 with BCM4313, kernel26 2.6.39.1-1:

04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4727] (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:0510]
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
        Memory at f2500000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
        Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information: Len=78 <?>
        Capabilities: [48] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
        Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
        Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
        Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel
        Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX-XX
        Capabilities: [16c] Power Budgeting <?>
        Kernel driver in use: brcmsmac
        Kernel modules: brcmsmac
>> lsmod | grep -E 'brc|wl|b43'
brcmsmac              599290  0 
mac80211              211822  1 brcmsmac
cfg80211              146401  2 brcmsmac,mac80211
>> iwconfig 
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11bgn  ESSID:off/any  
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=19 dBm   
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:off

Can't get the chip to switch on and trying to do so regularly results in system
freezes. Also tried the broadcom-wl driver from AUR with just the same result.

Interestingly though, booting Arch 32-bit (kernel 2.6.38) from a USB stick, the
wireless chip works flawlessly, so a hardware defect is unlikely. Had just as
little success both with Ubuntu 10.04 and 11.04.

Any hint on how to get this working would be greatly appreciated as I'm
evaluating this notebook as a birthday present for my girlfriend and have only
limited time I can't return it anymore.

Thanks!

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#14 2011-06-14 06:42:16

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

I finally found out how to make that stupid WiFi work. It was a two step
procedure:

1. "Load defaults" in BIOS. I don't know what that may have changed, but after
   doing this, the WiFi finally worked under window$ (which I installed to
   confirm it's not a hardware defect).
2. Blacklist the "acer_wmi" module. For testing, you can add
   "acer_wmi.disable=1" to the kernel line in grub.

With this, I got the WiFi working under window$, Arch 64-bit and Ubuntu 11.04.

Hope this helps!

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#15 2011-06-16 01:30:47

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Hate to be that guy in the Linux community, but if the above solution doesn't work for you, the broadcom-wl proprietary driver works fine with no hassle. You just have to blacklist the brcm driver for the 4313's (which I have on my HP). But try to get brcm80211 working first, open source is always for the win!


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#16 2011-09-26 15:51:00

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

I had the same problem using wicd with both open sores and proprietary drivers ...  The proprietary driver gave me more problems than just freezes, so i switched from wicd to netcfg using the opensource drivers in the kernel and so far no freezes ... still crossing fingers.

my blacklist in /etc/modprob.d/modprobe.conf looks like:

blacklist acer_wmi
blacklist bcma

not sure if those are critical, but they were blacklisted at some point in my trouble shooting process and it seems to be working now, so i thought it was worth mentioning

good luck, arch rules!

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#17 2011-09-26 20:11:54

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Hi METZGERR,

If none of the above solutions work, try booting your machine with the ethernet cable plugged in, this might enable you to get to the desktop, if it does, try going to wicd's settings (install wicd-gtk if you haven't already), go to 'Preferences' then on the first tab you come to (General Settings) change the 'Wired interface' to something like 'eth7' then select 'OK' and exit it. Shutdown the machine, unplug the ethernet cable and boot and see how it goes smile


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#18 2011-09-26 20:21:43

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Starfall, this thread is ooooooold. The driver isn't even called what is says in the title anymore. Back then, the driver had known freeze bugs. The driver has changed significantly since then, so this thread is no longer relevant.

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#19 2011-09-26 20:26:32

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Woops! Should've checked the post date really tongue I just picked it up 'cause it was near the top due to the post above me. Thanks for clearing that up Gusar smile


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#20 2011-09-27 01:55:00

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

Moderator,

Well, its not really that old...   I find it humorous when they are three years old tongue


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#21 2011-09-27 22:43:01

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Re: Broadcom: [14e4:4727] BCM4313 - brcm80211 cause system freeze

No longer relevant? My broadcom device is causing exactly the described problems.  Regardless, I'm glad for finding this thread and managing to hammer out a usable setup since the module dev's aren't gettin it done.

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