HP Pavillion Wireless Issue - Solaris

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  1. HP Pavillion Wireless Issue

    Just installed Solaris 10. Using HP Pavillion zv5370us. AMD x64, 1gb mem ...

    I have network access through the Realtek NIC, but the Broadcom wireless
    doesn't work. I think the problem is because the special 'button' to enable
    the wireless is not lit, and pressing it does nothing. I've noticed that the
    volume control buttons on the front also do not work.

    I assume that these devices were controlled by the XP bootup process before
    I wiped out the disk with Solaris (but it did feel good to completely wipe
    out windows!). I found a post of compatibility with the same model on the
    Sun HCL list, but there was no mention of this issue. I'm hopeful that
    someone with a similar 'hardware button' issue may be able to point me in
    the right direction ...

    TIA



  2. Re: HP Pavillion Wireless Issue

    On Mar 20, 2:46 am, "Allen" wrote:
    > Just installed Solaris 10. Using HP Pavillion zv5370us. AMD x64, 1gb mem ...
    >
    > I have network access through the Realtek NIC, but the Broadcom wireless
    > doesn't work. I think the problem is because the special 'button' to enable
    > the wireless is not lit, and pressing it does nothing. I've noticed that the
    > volume control buttons on the front also do not work.
    >
    > I assume that these devices were controlled by the XP bootup process before
    > I wiped out the disk with Solaris (but it did feel good to completely wipe
    > out windows!). I found a post of compatibility with the same model on the
    > Sun HCL list, but there was no mention of this issue. I'm hopeful that
    > someone with a similar 'hardware button' issue may be able to point me in
    > the right direction ...
    >
    > TIA


    Hi

    This seems to have become a pretty common question these days.....
    If everyone who encountered this would complain to Broadcom may be
    something
    would happen.....

    No there is no Solaris 10 driver for Broadcom wireless.

    WLAN support is introduced in Solaris Express/Nevada/OpenSolaris

    http://www.opensolaris.org/os/commun...ptop/wireless/

    Its possible to get the 32 bit NDIS broadcom driver to work by
    following the instructions
    But then you need to run Solaris in 32 bit mode.

    The best option is to by a new MINI-PCI WLAN card to the laptop from
    a producer that
    does not ignore the OpenSource world the way Broadcom does.

    //Lars



  3. Re: HP Pavillion Wireless Issue


    "tunla" wrote in message
    news:1174419805.456923.82830@p15g2000hsd.googlegro ups.com...
    > On Mar 20, 2:46 am, "Allen" wrote:
    >> Just installed Solaris 10. Using HP Pavillion zv5370us. AMD x64, 1gb mem
    >> ...
    >>
    >> I have network access through the Realtek NIC, but the Broadcom wireless
    >> doesn't work. I think the problem is because the special 'button' to
    >> enable
    >> the wireless is not lit, and pressing it does nothing. I've noticed that
    >> the
    >> volume control buttons on the front also do not work.
    >>
    >> I assume that these devices were controlled by the XP bootup process
    >> before
    >> I wiped out the disk with Solaris (but it did feel good to completely
    >> wipe
    >> out windows!). I found a post of compatibility with the same model on the
    >> Sun HCL list, but there was no mention of this issue. I'm hopeful that
    >> someone with a similar 'hardware button' issue may be able to point me in
    >> the right direction ...
    >>
    >> TIA

    >
    > Hi
    >
    > This seems to have become a pretty common question these days.....
    > If everyone who encountered this would complain to Broadcom may be
    > something
    > would happen.....
    >
    > No there is no Solaris 10 driver for Broadcom wireless.
    >
    > WLAN support is introduced in Solaris Express/Nevada/OpenSolaris
    >
    > http://www.opensolaris.org/os/commun...ptop/wireless/
    >
    > Its possible to get the 32 bit NDIS broadcom driver to work by
    > following the instructions
    > But then you need to run Solaris in 32 bit mode.
    >
    > The best option is to by a new MINI-PCI WLAN card to the laptop from
    > a producer that
    > does not ignore the OpenSource world the way Broadcom does.
    >
    > //Lars


    Lars,

    Well said. OpenBSD and Linux developers have asked Broadcom for years to
    allow open source development at no charge to Broadcom and Broadcom
    routinely ignores such requests even though many of it's reference designs
    are known to use Linux kernels. The only reason to buy Broadcom is if they
    are cheap and you only want to run one OS with it.

    But maybe if enough do complain it will change.

    I find the ath driver is good, and use if with the alternative OSes with no
    issue. The cards I have used are DWL-G520, WAG511 and have had heard
    2536W-AG is also good.

    Me, I wouldn't buy a PC if it had a Broadcom chip in it.



  4. Re: HP Pavillion Wireless Issue

    Canuck57 wrote:

    > Lars,
    >
    > Well said. OpenBSD and Linux developers have asked Broadcom for years to
    > allow open source development at no charge to Broadcom and Broadcom
    > routinely ignores such requests even though many of it's reference designs
    > are known to use Linux kernels. The only reason to buy Broadcom is if they
    > are cheap and you only want to run one OS with it.
    >
    > But maybe if enough do complain it will change.
    >
    > I find the ath driver is good, and use if with the alternative OSes with no
    > issue. The cards I have used are DWL-G520, WAG511 and have had heard
    > 2536W-AG is also good.
    >
    > Me, I wouldn't buy a PC if it had a Broadcom chip in it.
    >
    >


    Do you know if all HP Pavilions laptops use the broadcom chip? See my
    previous post about 'What's the best laptop for Solaris x86?' If the
    wireless does not work under Solaris, I can cross off the HP range from
    my list of possible laptops. HP take note!!

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