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Date:      Thu, 8 Jan 2009 17:20:34 -0500
From:      "Glen Barber" <glen.j.barber@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 Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 4:59 PM, Neal Hogan <nealhogan@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>
> On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 3:37 PM, Glen Barber <glen.j.barber@gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> On Thu, Jan 8, 2009 at 11:37 AM, 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.
>> >
>>
>> I discovered a wierd hack to resolve this.  Remove the line(s) from
>> loader.conf, and create an /etc/rc.local file containing the
>> following:
>>
>> /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
>
> Glen,
>
>  I tried your suggestion (which I appreciate) and it did survive rebooting.
> However, bcmwl5_sys.ko was not loaded because there was no ndis interface.
> So, I change the rc.local to
>
> /sbin/kldload /boot/kernel/bcmwl5_sys.ko
>
> Upon reboot, the system panicked when it loaded the rc.local file.
>
> I don't know . . .
>

Any additional modules should be placed in /boot/modules, not
/boot/kernel.  What happens if you manually load the module after the
system is running?


-- 
Glen Barber

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



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