BCM4312 on Slackware

UPDATE: 09/06/2012 – I haven’t used much of my netbook since I wrote this post. I’ve just installed Slackware 13.37 on it and to it appears that now it’s just a question of installing b43-fcutter and broadcom-wl from SlackBuilds.org.

It’s been with great pleasure that I welcomed the recent release of Slackware 13.1. I decided to refrain from commenting on it until I have tested it for a few days. In my honest opinion, it’s one of the best Slackware releases to date. So far I haven’t encountered a single problem with it.

So far I have configured Slackware64 on 2 machines. I’ve started setting up my netbook – it’s a Dell Inspiron mini 1011 with the infamous BCM4312 wireless chipset. I am going to describe the steps necessary to get it work in Slackware.

To enable it, you need to load the device firmware. Here’s how you do it on Slackware:

1. Install b43-fwcutter, which is a tool to extract Broadcom’s wireless chip firmware.
It is available from Slackbuilds.org.
2. Download the firmware form here.
3. Extract it and copy the necessary files to the firmware directory:

tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2

cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver

b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/ wl_apsta_mimo.o

You are ready to go!

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