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Old 12-03-2009, 02:51 AM   #1
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No Wi-Fi in Pavilion dv5 with Debian


Hello to all;

I have made a clean Lenny installation in a HP Pavilion dv5 1112es, everything has been ok until I'vre reached the wi-fi configuration.

This is my uname -a

Code:
Linux dharma 2.6.26-2-686 #1 SMP Wed Nov 4 20:45:37 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
this is my card according to lspci:

Code:
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
and the chip model, following linuxwireless.org

Code:
# lspci -vnn | grep 14e4
02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
So I've got BCM4312 802.11b/g - low power which uses b43 driver. I install b43-fwcutter with aptitude, agree to install the firmware and everything seems to go ok, but after reboot there is no sign of wl.

Code:
# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions
eth0      no wireless extensions
I was told to modprobe driver b43

Code:
# modprobe b43
# lsmod | grep b43
b43 110716 0
ssb 33476 1 b43
rfkill 5652 1 b43
pcmcia 29548 2 b43,ssb
firmware_class 6816 2 b43,pcmcia
rng_core 3940 1 b43
mac80211 139776 1 b43
led_class 3908 1 b43
input_polldev 3752 1 b43
pcmcia_core 31892 3 b43,ssb,pcmcia
In dmesg

Code:
[ 232.440371] Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PMLR, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]
but still no trace of wifi. After some more google and searching I was given this web site: http://aptgetinstallanarchism.wordpr...2bg-en-debian/

I updated my linux headers, downloaded the file from http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php, make a temp directoy in my home, uncompress the file and got this error

Code:
# make -C /usr/src/linux-headers-$(uname -r) M=$(pw                                                                           d)
make: se ingresa al directorio `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-686'
  LD      /home/paquito/broadcom/built-in.o
  CC [M]  /home/paquito/broadcom/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o
  CC [M]  /home/paquito/broadcom/src/wl/sys/wl_iw.o
  CC [M]  /home/paquito/broadcom/src/shared/linux_osl.o
  LD [M]  /home/paquito/broadcom/wl.o
  Building modules, stage 2.
  MODPOST 1 modules
WARNING: modpost: missing MODULE_LICENSE() in /home/paquito/broadcom/wl.o
see include/linux/module.h for more information
  CC      /home/paquito/broadcom/wl.mod.o
  LD [M]  /home/paquito/broadcom/wl.ko
make: se sale del directorio `/usr/src/linux-headers-2.6.26-2-686'
And I have stalled here, don't know what might be wrong. I suppose the problem now is in the compilation process, but I'm not sure. Can anybody give me a hand please?

Thanks a lot
 
Old 12-04-2009, 12:00 PM   #2
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Broadcom BCM4312-based wireless LAN devices are supported by the <b43> driver, except the low-power PCIe (PCI-ID 14e4:4315, aka "BCM4310 USB") in kernels < 2.6.32.

Broadcom's non-free "hybrid" driver, supporting wireless LAN devices based on the BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4321 or BCM4322 chipset; for x86 and x86-64 only. Supports the BCM4312 low-power variant (PCI-ID 14e4:4315, aka "BCM4310 USB"). To install, see http://wiki.debian.org/wl
 
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Old 12-04-2009, 04:24 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by craigevil View Post
Broadcom BCM4312-based wireless LAN devices are supported by the <b43> driver, except the low-power PCIe (PCI-ID 14e4:4315, aka "BCM4310 USB") in kernels < 2.6.32.

Broadcom's non-free "hybrid" driver, supporting wireless LAN devices based on the BCM4311, BCM4312, BCM4321 or BCM4322 chipset; for x86 and x86-64 only. Supports the BCM4312 low-power variant (PCI-ID 14e4:4315, aka "BCM4310 USB"). To install, see http://wiki.debian.org/wl
Wow!! Thank you very much, I've followed your post and I am getting this,
Code:
# iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

eth2      IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"OpenWrt"  Nickname:""
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.447 GHz  Access Point: 00:18:84:10:35:D1
          Bit Rate=54 Mb/s   Tx-Power:32 dBm
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Managementmode:All packets received
          Link Quality=5/5  Signal level=-36 dBm  Noise level=-77 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
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