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SubjectRe: [QUESTION] Mainline support for B43_PHY_AC wifi cards

On 23 March 2018 at 10:47, Juri Lelli <> wrote:
> I've got a Dell XPS 13 9343/0TM99H (BIOS A15 01/23/2018) mounting a
> BCM4352 802.11ac (rev 03) wireless card and so far I've been using it on
> Fedora with broadcom-wl package (which I believe installs Broadcom's STA
> driver?). It works good apart from occasional hiccups after suspend.
> I'd like to get rid of that dependency (you can understand that it's
> particularly annoying when testing mainline kernels), but I found out
> that support for my card is BROKEN in mainline [1]. Just to see what
> happens, I forcibly enabled it witnessing that it indeed crashes like
> below as Kconfig warns. :)
> bcma: bus0: Found chip with id 0x4352, rev 0x03 and package 0x00
> bcma: bus0: Core 0 found: ChipCommon (manuf 0x4BF, id 0x800, rev 0x2B, class 0x0)
> bcma: bus0: Core 1 found: IEEE 802.11 (manuf 0x4BF, id 0x812, rev 0x2A, class 0x0)
> bcma: bus0: Core 2 found: ARM CR4 (manuf 0x4BF, id 0x83E, rev 0x02, class 0x0)
> bcma: bus0: Core 3 found: PCIe Gen2 (manuf 0x4BF, id 0x83C, rev 0x01, class 0x0)
> bcma: bus0: Core 4 found: USB 2.0 Device (manuf 0x4BF, id 0x81A, rev 0x11, class 0x0)
> bcma: Unsupported SPROM revision: 11
> bcma: bus0: Invalid SPROM read from the PCIe card, trying to use fallback SPROM
> bcma: bus0: Using fallback SPROM failed (err -2)
> bcma: bus0: No SPROM available
> bcma: bus0: Bus registered
> b43-phy0: Broadcom 4352 WLAN found (core revision 42)
> b43-phy0: Found PHY: Analog 12, Type 11 (AC), Revision 1
> b43-phy0: Found Radio: Manuf 0x17F, ID 0x2069, Revision 4, Version 0
> BUG: unable to handle kernel NULL pointer dereference at 0000000000000000

This isn't really useful without a full backtrace.

> So, question: is replacing my card the only way I can get rid of this
> downstream dependency? :(

It's definitely the cheapest way. Getting AC PHY into anything usable
(proper setup that will allow Tx & Rx anything) would probably take
weeks or months of development. I'm not even going to estimate cost of
adding support for 802.11n and 802.11ac features. I was the last
person actively working on b43, right now I spend my free time on
other hobby projects. Few people were planning to help but it seems it
never worked out for them.

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