Kubuntu vs. Ubuntu

David McGlone david.mcglone at att.net
Wed Sep 19 02:43:07 UTC 2007

On Tuesday 18 September 2007 4:34:56 pm Andrew Burgess wrote:
> > bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load
> > failed.
> >
> > Anyone have any idea what this means?!?! I get this when trying to boot
> > from
> > a live CD, right at the end of the booting process (I assume). Would it
> > work
> > if I just used an alternate CD and actually installed it?
> I don't know this error but the first thing I would do is to check the
> MD5 checksum after downloading and also make the CD burner check that
> it burned the CD the right way (check CD for errors).
> What kind of computer are you using? memory, etc?
> Perhaps someone else here knows more about this error.
> I checked the MD5 checksum of the ISO file, burnt a new CD, and checked the
> CD for errors; the checksum was fine and the CD had no errors, but I still
> got the error when trying to boot. I'm going to google it tonight, but if
> anyone else has any idea what to do, I'd be really grateful . . .

The bcm43xx is a wireless network driver for the broadcom chipset. I was 
getting the same error when I was booting the kubuntu 5 beta, but despite the 
error the computer proceeded to boot. I have always blacklisted this driver 
when using K/Ubuntu because it conflicts with the bcmwl5 driver I have to use 
with ndiswrapper to get my broadcom BCM4318 Airforce one card working.

David M.

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