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Old 07-01-2008, 08:53 PM   #1
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Broadcom wireless hardware problems


I honestly can't give you anymore information about this card that I have. I remember it being a broadcom pci card. It is a wireless 802.11b/g/n card. And it shows up being a RaLink unknown device. I installed ndiswrapper and got the windows drivers that come with it, but it says that the hardware isnt installed. I don't know what to do. This is Ubuntu 8.04

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 Memory Controller Hub (rev 0c)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile PM965/GM965/GL960 PCI Express Root Port (rev 0c)
00:1a.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
00:1a.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
00:1a.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 03)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) PCI Express Port 6 (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev f3)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801HEM (ICH8M) LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) IDE Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801HBM/HEM (ICH8M/ICH8M-E) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 03)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801H (ICH8 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 8600M GT (rev a1)
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: RaLink Unknown device 0681
0e:06.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
0e:06.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
0e:06.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
 
Old 07-01-2008, 09:59 PM   #2
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Most broadcom have to use the ndiswrapper utility to get them working... some of the broadcom wlan ethernet devices have native linux drivers, which were created with reverse engineering...

But ndiswrapper will get your broadcom device running!
 
Old 07-01-2008, 11:09 PM   #3
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im still kinda new to linux and i have never done it before but how do i enable the hardware. I think it is turned off
 
Old 07-02-2008, 08:39 AM   #4
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Click on the link below to take you to the Linux drivers. They are at the bottom of the list and once you have downloaded them and unzipped they should have a readme file in there explaining the install procedure.

http://zh-tw.broadcom.com/support/et...ic/netlink.php
 
Old 07-02-2008, 11:24 AM   #5
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It won't let me finish this install of the drivers. The did the RPM package install and i didnt get past the first step:

error: cannot write to %sourcedir /usr/src/rpm/SOURCES

And then I did the tar.gz install and I got far into it, but when I tried testing it, it brought back:

insmod: error inserting 'tg3.o': -1 Operation not permitted

So i just tried installing it anyway and it gave me:

make -C /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/build SUBDIRS=/home/mason/Desktop/Server/Linux/Driver/tg3-3.85l modules
make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-16-generic'
Building modules, stage 2.
MODPOST 1 modules
make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.24-16-generic'
mkdir -p /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/kernel/drivers/net;
install -m 444 tg3.ko /lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/kernel/drivers/net;
install: cannot remove `/lib/modules/2.6.24-16-generic/kernel/drivers/net/tg3.ko': Permission denied
make: *** [install] Error 1
 
Old 07-02-2008, 12:03 PM   #6
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you are trying to install ndiswrapper as root right?
 
Old 07-02-2008, 12:08 PM   #7
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ive got ndiswrapper installed already but im installing the broadcom linux drivers from larry's post

and i dont know how to install from root :S
 
Old 07-02-2008, 12:16 PM   #8
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If you are going to use native linux drivers you need to remove all other drivers, this may be some of your problem with ndiswrapper. If you have tried more than one driver you need to remove the previous driver. ndiswrapper gives you the procedure for checking for drivers. I noticed you are using ubuntu and does not like rpm files.

Last edited by Larry Webb; 07-02-2008 at 12:18 PM.
 
Old 07-02-2008, 12:29 PM   #9
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im unsure at what you were trying to say. if i have to delete my previous driver, what would I have to do, and what i would have to do to get the new drivers to work. i am sorry for all of this trouble and stupidity, but i am unsure on what to do at this point.
 
Old 07-02-2008, 12:30 PM   #10
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Here are instructions for using fwcutter, I never have used it but you might try them if you are still having problems.

http://blog.linuxoss.com/2008/05/ubu...ased-wireless/
 
Old 07-03-2008, 12:13 AM   #11
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problem solved! thx
 
Old 07-03-2008, 07:33 AM   #12
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Quote:
04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
0c:00.0 Network controller: RaLink Unknown device 0681
Um, I know this is jumping in kinda late, but the wirelss is likely an Ralink device, that Broadcom chipset is for wired ethernet connections.
 
Old 07-03-2008, 10:25 AM   #13
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ya i kinda noticed that after i looked at it for a long time so i went online to check my wireless card and i turned out to be by gigabyte technologies XD. Sorry after all the trouble. I need to read better
 
  


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