Notes for AOSC OS Installation on Devices with BCM4360-based Wireless Cards
Uh-oh. You've reached where excessive manual intervention is required. Most linux does not support BCM4360 out-of-the-box, which means you will not be able to access internet once you entered linux environment if Broadcom's (notoriously) restricted copyrighted drivers. But to compile the driver, you need network access in the first place.
The easy way: bootstrap state of mind
Find another handy wireless card
If you have an USB wireless card, try it. Another good idea is to connect your Android Phone to a wifi network and enable USB tethering.
If you managed to obtain internet access in this way, proceed to regular installation guide. Go for the hard way otherwise.
The hard way: everything before hand
Before starting regular installation guide. Please download the following beforehand to a handy USB drive:
- the system tarball of your choice
- the buildkit tarball
tar.gzsnapshot of cth451's tree
Follow regular installation guide with the system tarball that you've just downloaded.
After AOSC OS installation is correctly working on your computer (except for the builtin wireless card)...
Dependency packages for offline compilation
Use your old OS (which has internet access), search in Software repository for the following packages. The package is stored in the folder named after the starting characters of package name and is a file named
<package name>_<version number>_amd64.deb. For example to download
gcc, look in folder
g and download
This wiki might not reflect actual file name on the repository, since the version number will change as the software is updated from time to time. BE SURE TO DOWNLOAD THE LATEST ONE.
Refers to AOSC Cadet training on how to setup buildkit on your local environment. Skip all the steps that require network access.
Copy all the packages you've downloaded to the drive to both your home directory in system and a folder inside buildkit environment.
All commands here in this section should be run twice, once in buildkit environment, once in actual system.
Say, if you copied the packages into
/path/to/packages, execute the command as root below:
cd /path/to/packages dpkg -i *.deb
Build driver for system
Say if you stored buildkit in
/path/to/buildkit and extracted the snapshot of cth451's acbs tree to
/path/to/buildkit/path/to/cth451-tree, proceed as root.
Enter buildkit as said in AOSC Cadet training.
/etc/acbs/forest.conf, append the following lines:
[btta] location = /path/to/cth451-tree
acbs-build -t btta broadcom-wl, expect an error on fail to load module. Exit buildkit, you will find built driver in
dpkg -i /path/to/buildkit/os-amd64/os3-dpkg/b/*.deb in actual system as root.
Reboot your computer, wireless card should be working now.
When installing completed driver package my system says broken dependencies.
Check if you installed the dependency packages you downloaded is installed outside buildkit environment.
When building the driver package my system says broken dependencies.
Check if you installed the dependency packages you downloaded is installed inside buildkit environment.
It is a convoluted wiki page, as is convoluted as the broadcom driver itself. Please feel free to reach us at channel #aosc on freenode or make an issue under cth451's abbs tree about broadcom drivers.