so i’ve heard from numerous people complain about the difficulty of broadcom wireless cards on linux, and i agree, it was not anything straigtforward.
After finding b43 info on linuxwireless.org i took there pasted info on
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 01)
and pasted it to a simple shell script
tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168.tar.bz2
sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w “$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR” wl_apsta.o
while that was going on, i built the latestwicd in the SlackBuilds.org 12.1 repo, you can go here
after adding /etc/rc.d/rc.wicd to rc.local to start on boot, i rebooted, and magically networks are discoverd and availble to connect to !
i’m only on a WEP network right now, so maybe i’ll have some issues when i need wpa, but for now, we’re gravy.