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Date:      Thu, 8 Jan 2009 22:39:55 +0100
From:      "Paul B. Mahol" <onemda@gmail.com>
To:        "Neal Hogan" <nealhogan@gmail.com>
Cc:        freebsd-questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: ndis panic HP pavilion ze4400 won't boot
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On 1/8/09, Neal Hogan <nealhogan@gmail.com> wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:10 PM, Paul B. Mahol <onemda@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> On 1/8/09, Neal Hogan <nealhogan@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 4.10.40.0) 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.
>>
>> You can enter loader and from there unload bcmwl5_sys, type: unload
>> bcmwl5_sys.
>> loader is started one step before kernel.
>>
>> Before ever changing loader.conf you really should test it via kldload(1)
>> and report any ndis issues via PR.
>> From where you fetched drivers and for what windows version?
>
> Paul
>>
>
> Paul,
>
> Thanks for the suggestion! However, it's not working. I've tried *unload
> /boot/kernel/bcmwl5_sys.ko* *unload bcmwl5_sys* *unload bcmwl5_sis.ko*
> *unload* and they all simply return to the OK prompt (should it tell me
> something?).

Ah, sorry, "unload" removes all modules.
You need after unloading all modules to load kernel and any other
modules you want one by one:

OK unload bcmwl5_sys
OK load kernel
OK boot

should work.

-- 
Paul



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