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Date:      Thu, 8 Jan 2009 10:37:05 -0600
From:      "Neal Hogan" <>
Subject:   ndis panic HP pavilion ze4400 won't boot
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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.


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