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Old 17th March 2011
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Hi, I recently taken ownership of a old Dell Inspiron 1525, that I've put in a Core2Duo and some extra ram. I would like to run OpenBSD on it however i'm unaware of compatibilty.

As far as I can tell, sound and video will work just fine. However the B43 wireless i'm unaware of whether this works?

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However the B43 wireless i'm unaware of whether this works?
The definitive answer is to post the output of dmesg(8) so we can look at the actually chipset used.
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scott@maxtop:~$ lspci -vnn | grep 14e4
0b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)

There is my card, I've searched through the mailing lists and not found that it is support.
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HARDWARE
The following cards are among those supported by the bwi driver:

Apple Airport Extreme BCM4306 PCI b/g
Apple Airport Extreme BCM4318 PCI b/g
ASUS WL-138g BCM4318 PCI b/g
Buffalo WLI-CB-G54 BCM4306 CardBus b/g
Compaq R4035 onboard BCM4306 PCI b/g
HP nx6125 BCM4319 PCI b/g
Linksys WPC54G Ver 3 BCM4318 CardBus b/g
Linksys WPC54GS Ver 2 BCM4318 CardBus b/g
TRENDnet TEW-401PCplus BCM4306 CardBus b/g
US Robotics 5411 BCM4318 CardBus b/g
This isn't an exhaustive list, but it doesn't look good...
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The hardware compatibility listed on the project website is for the 4.8 release. 4.9 will be released on or about 1 May 2011.

You can test your NIC for 4.9 compatibility very simply. Download and boot a -current ramdisk kernel -- as -current at the moment is very similar to what 4.9 will be. Small .iso images for burning onto CD or DVD are available from your nearest mirror.

On booting the ramdisk kernel, leave the install script and examine the dmesg output. If the NIC does not appear in the list of discovered devices, or, it appears with "not configured" -- then the device cannot be used.
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If the NIC does not appear in the list of discovered devices, or, it appears with "not configured" -- then the device cannot be used.
This is true, but not quite the whole story...

I have a very similar card in one of my work laptops. It's configured according to dmesg, but even with the latest firmware it will not connect to any AP I've tried...even though "ifconfig bwi0 scan" returns a list of nearby AP's.

Granted, it's entirely possible that user error is at play here (I don't use wireless all that often, truth be told), but I don't know...I was pretty thorough in sticking to the man page and editing my AP's settings at home to see what changes were necessary to connect. Nothing worked.
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Apparently the card works with unsecured wireless, but once you apply security to it (didn't test WEP, since it's basically unsecured anyways), it's broken? Might be my specific chip...I don't know. I'll keep testing.

I did test my routine at work on a different laptop and I managed to connect to our WPA2 network up there...so I know I've got the order of operations correct, at least...though that was an iwi chipset.

EDIT - disregard...apparently someone in my household thought it would be hilarious to turn on access control in the wireless settings on my AP and not put any machines in the list. Turning it back off "fixed" this bwi card on my work laptop...

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