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ColtraneFan89 08-17-2010 04:16 PM

Detecting Acer Aspire Hardware on Debian 5.0.5
 
You can move this to the Debian subforum if you see fit, but here's my problem.
(I'm running Debian Lenny, 5.0.5)

Aside from the microphone, webcam and speakers not working (which I would also like to have recognized at some point; at least the speakers, anyway)

Through someone helping me grep and lpsci, I have determined that the eth0 is Broadcom Device 1692 and the WiFi card is Broadcom Device 4537.

I have tried to get thru installing NdisWrapper but always run into the same problem. I'm able to run this line
Code:

aptitude install module-assistant wireless-tools
fine without any problems (do I need to download anything and put it on the PC I've got Debian running on?).. but as soon as I get to the next section, the terminal freezes up and gives me a diagnostic:

Code:

Installation of the ndiswrapper-source source failed.

Ignoring this package. Maybe you need to add something to sources.list, maybe the contrib and non-free archives.

So, how do I go about installing the right drivers and getting ndiswrapper set up?

rbees 08-17-2010 07:01 PM

Let's see what we can do.

First, have you checked to see if the Broadcom cards have any native support? Mostly they don't but you never know. Google should help with that.

You should be able to fix the installation error by editing your /etc/apt/sources.list and adding contrib and non-free to your repos. You should have a line that looks something like

deb http://ftp.egr.msu.edu/debian lenny main

just add contrib and non-free to it like

deb http://ftp.egr.msu.edu/debian lenny main contrib non-free

you will need root privilege to edit the file.

The b43-fwcutter is something else you will probably need to use to extract the firmware for the broadcom card.

ColtraneFan89 08-17-2010 07:56 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rbees (Post 4069577)
Let's see what we can do.

First, have you checked to see if the Broadcom cards have any native support? Mostly they don't but you never know. Google should help with that.

You should be able to fix the installation error by editing your /etc/apt/sources.list and adding contrib and non-free to your repos. You should have a line that looks something like

deb http://ftp.egr.msu.edu/debian lenny main

just add contrib and non-free to it like

deb http://ftp.egr.msu.edu/debian lenny main contrib non-free

you will need root privilege to edit the file.

The b43-fwcutter is something else you will probably need to use to extract the firmware for the broadcom card.

Even as root it is telling me "Permission denied" when I try to access /etc/apt/sources.list
And when I try to edit sources.list in KWrite and save changes it says "Access denied. Could not write to /etc/apt/sources.list.part."

rbees 08-17-2010 08:17 PM

Then you must not be getting root somehow. Do this.

Open a konsole/terminal and issue the command

su

enter your root password

you should now have a # prompt instead of a $ prompt

issue the command

apt-get install nano

and install that simple text editor. When that completes issue the command

nano /etc/apt/sources.list

you should end up in a very plain jane text editor with the contents of your sources files up. Make your changes and press ctrl+x (i think) and save your file.

then issue the command

apt-get update

that will reload the available repositories then you should be able to install what you want to.

Note: apt-get and aptitude are mostly interchangeable.

ColtraneFan89 08-30-2010 11:48 AM

When I try to run apt-get update, it gives me a bunch of diagnostics:
Code:

Err http://security.debian.org lenny/updates Release.gpg
  Temporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'
Err http://security.debian.org lenny/updates/main Translation-en_CA
  Temporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'
Err http://security.debian.org lenny/updates/contrib Translation-en_CA
  Temporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'
Err http://security.debian.org lenny/updates/non-free Translation-en_CA
  Temporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'
Ign cdrom://[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.5 _Lenny_ - Official amd64 kde-CD Binary-1 201
00626-19:07] lenny Release.gpg
Ign cdrom://[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.5 _Lenny_ - Official amd64 kde-CD Binary-1 201      00626-19:07] lenny/main Translation-en_CA
Ign cdrom://[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.5 _Lenny_ - Official amd64 kde-CD Binary-1 201      00626-19:07] lenny Release
Ign cdrom://[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.5 _Lenny_ - Official amd64 kde-CD Binary-1 201      00626-19:07] lenny/main Packages/DiffIndex
Reading package lists... Done
W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/lenny/updates/Release.gpg  T      emporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'

W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/lenny/updates/main/i18n/Tran      slation-en_CA.bz2  Temporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'

W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/lenny/updates/contrib/i18n/T      ranslation-en_CA.bz2  Temporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'

W: Failed to fetch http://security.debian.org/dists/lenny/updates/non-free/i18n/      Translation-en_CA.bz2  Temporary failure resolving 'security.debian.org'

W: Some index files failed to download, they have been ignored, or old ones used      instead.
W: You may want to run apt-get update to correct these problems


tredegar 08-30-2010 12:08 PM

I think you are getting these errors because you do not have a functioning internet connection. You'll need this to download additional software.

I appreciate your wireless isn't working, but can you use an ethernet connection until you get it working?

Most distros will automatically establish a wired connection with DHCP if the ethernet cable from your PC is plugged into your router before you boot.

rbees 08-30-2010 12:42 PM

Mostly you can ignore those messages. They are telling you that for some reason the Debian Security site won't resolve. That seems to happen to me frequently too.

You can comment out, by adding a # to the beginning of line, the cd-rom access. You should not need it any more. I would not remove it yet but commenting it out will speed things up a bit.

And as tredegar says you do need a working ethernet connection for this to work. You may however be able to get to the same place by downloading all the disk-iso's and going that route but I would hold off on that until you have exhausted the ethernet way first.

So, does your wired ethernet work?

ColtraneFan89 08-31-2010 07:17 PM

I will try booting the PC with the ethernet connected and report back.

ColtraneFan89 08-31-2010 08:09 PM

I tried connecting the router to the computer and restarting, nothing. I tried connecting the computer to the modem directly via Ethernet and still nothing. When I use the ethernet connection from the router to the computer

It says:
Code:

An error occurred while loading http://www.kde.org/:

Unknown host www.kde.org

The router works fine on the other computers in the house (including the one I am typing on at present).

If it is a matter of downloading ISOs which would I need? I am currently running Debian Lenny with KDE on my Acer Aspire

ColtraneFan89 08-31-2010 08:10 PM

Here is my complete lspci readout:
Code:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge Alternate
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 41)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller (rev 40)
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) (rev 40)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller (rev 40)
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge (rev 40)
00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI2 Controller
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Device 9712
01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Device 970f
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 1692 (rev 01)
08:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4357 (rev 01)00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge Alternate
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (int gfx)
00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [AHCI mode]
00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 41)
00:14.1 IDE interface: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 IDE Controller (rev 40)
00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) (rev 40)
00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller (rev 40)
00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge (rev 40)
00:14.5 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI2 Controller
00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration
00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map
00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller
00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] Family 10h [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Device 9712
01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc Device 970f
02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 1692 (rev 01)
08:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4357 (rev 01)


rbees 08-31-2010 09:05 PM

with the machine power up, the ethernet cable plugged into the computer and the router run from root

ifconfig

you should get something like, but with your system specs instead of xxx

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
inet addr:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Bcast:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Mask:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
inet6 addr: xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:66794 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:16105 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:13413067 (12.7 MiB) TX bytes:1994873 (1.9 MiB)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:303 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:303 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:20826 (20.3 KiB) TX bytes:20826 (20.3 KiB)


you should get at least 2 network interfaces. The lo interface is just local to your machine. The other one should show your ip address. if you only have one then the system is not recognizing it being there. That usually means that a module(driver) needs to be loaded. If the interface is there but it does not have an ip address then you will need to configure your networking. Post what you get so we can see how to proceed.

rbees 08-31-2010 09:34 PM

your hardwire card seems to be supported by the kernel look at

http://cateee.net/lkddb/web-lkddb/TIGON3.html

look at this thread too

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...-issue-824304/

I remember when the boy had some issues awhile back with the pci card definitions needing updated before his card would be recognized. look at this

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ollers-767111/

there is a link post 5 that gives better instructions on how to update them.

a google search on this

Broadcom Device 1692 linux

will help shed some light on your problem

ColtraneFan89 09-02-2010 12:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by rbees (Post 4084232)
with the machine power up, the ethernet cable plugged into the computer and the router run from root

ifconfig

you should get something like, but with your system specs instead of xxx

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx
inet addr:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Bcast:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx Mask:xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
inet6 addr: xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx:xxxx/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:66794 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:16105 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:13413067 (12.7 MiB) TX bytes:1994873 (1.9 MiB)

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:303 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:303 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:20826 (20.3 KiB) TX bytes:20826 (20.3 KiB)


you should get at least 2 network interfaces. The lo interface is just local to your machine. The other one should show your ip address. if you only have one then the system is not recognizing it being there. That usually means that a module(driver) needs to be loaded. If the interface is there but it does not have an ip address then you will need to configure your networking. Post what you get so we can see how to proceed.

Code:

lo        Link encap:Local Loopback
          inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
          UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
          RX packets:74 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:74 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:5156 (5.0 KiB)  TX bytes:5156 (5.0 KiB)

That's what I get.

ColtraneFan89 09-02-2010 12:42 PM

When I try to run ifconfig on eth0, it doesn't recognize eth0 at all. Also, I am unclear on what to do with Tigon3.

rbees 09-02-2010 02:20 PM

Tigon3 seems to be the module(driver) for your card. It should be automatically detected and loaded on boot. That appears to not be happening. So the question is why not.

Look at the log files in /var/log mostly syslog, messages, dmesg, and boot if you have it. Examine them carefully and see if you can find a boot message that sheds some light on why the module is not getting loaded. Open a terminal (may need root) and run

cat /var/log/dmesg | grep broadcom

That should help narrow down your search. You can change the file name (dmesg) and the search keyword (boradcom) to different files and keywords to help find what you are looking for. If you get to many results and it scrolls off the screen you can append | less to the command and then you can scroll through it. | is a pipe, it is on the backslash key.

The reason that ifconfig does not work on eth0 for you is because the device eth0 is not in the system. When we get the module to load eth0 will show up when you run ifconfig.

Don't give up. We are rooting for you.:D


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