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Old 09-13-2006, 03:11 AM   #1
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FC5 Issues working with Dell Inspiron B120 Notebook


Hello,

Just ran through installing Fedora Core 5 on my system, and post-install, I've run into a few issues with a few devices...

First, my sound...the card was recognized at the time of install (shown in lspci as Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW ICH6 family), however, there is no output through the speakers. My volumes are set properly to max levels, and running through just about anything else I can think of, I've found nothing that would remedy that issue.

Next thing I'm running into is my Wireless NIC not being recognized. The system shipped with a Broadcom BCM4318 WLAN Controller, yet I can't manage to get the system to recognize it and use it. It is shown in the output of lspci, however, I'm not 100% sure what that would imply.

Last thing that I've run into is with my standard NIC. It is recognized and usable, however, it is not working at the full capacity allowed by the card/cable, and in many instances I'm running into timeouts retrieving simple websites. It may just be a minor issue, and if I manage to get my wireless card running, it may not even matter, as I try and avoid using cables wherever possible.

Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
 
Old 09-13-2006, 03:53 AM   #2
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For the Wireless card you'll have to use the windows drivers that can be hooked by
ndisrapper. Just look in LQ and you'll find tons of answers on how to ndiswrapper.
Or check google then you'll find the homepage of ndiswrapper project also with a great how to wiki.
Regarding the time outs of your lom on some websites? Has got some reason why.
For me it would be interesting to know how you're connected to your ISP?
And what you mean with "full capacity allowed by the card/cable"
10/100/1000 Mbit? I thought it's
Integrated Network Card: Broadcom 4400 10/100BaseT Ethernet
and Dell 1370 wireless solution (802.11 b/g) (Broadcom BCM4813)
So regarding the Sound an update will probably fix it.
"yum update"

Last edited by odcheck; 09-13-2006 at 03:56 AM.
 
Old 09-13-2006, 09:18 PM   #3
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As far as the full capacity, the NIC is only running at 10M...instead of the 100M that the card will allow...my system running wired or wirelessly, runs System -> Router -> Cable Modem -> ISP. I've tried removing the router from the loop to no avail, and my ISP rather gags at me for trying to retrieve anything without that step in (my MAC is not the registered MAC with them).

I'll work with ndiswrapper and see if that won't get the wireless going, that's the major issue I'm having.

Another issue I ran into late last night, which may have a related solution...closing the lid on the notebook turns off the monitor...and with that, that's it, it won't power back on...there's nothing to bring it back up after...any ideas on that?
 
Old 09-14-2006, 12:46 AM   #4
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Bit of an update...

yum update yielded positive results on the sound issue, and now the sound is nominal...one thing down. Upon completion of the update, my wireless NIC was recognized as a devide attached to eth1, and as a wireless controller.


Still will not work.

I've tried working with ndiswrapper, however, I'm not able to find (probably not searching hard enough with as tired as I am) any rpm's for it...and working with the .tar.gz is failing miserably, following the how-to information referred to earlier...and browsing the forums here, I'm finding all sorts of unrelated things that are making it rather frustrating. I'll work with it some more before I sleep, but more than likely, I'm missing something critical and, to be honest, so noob-ish that I should be ashamed. I'm guessing the ultimate solution does lie in ndiswrapper, as every reference to a successful use of it has the victim wireless card set to wlan0, not eth1. If I manage to piece something together I'll pop something up.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 01:00 AM   #5
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no no don't hesitate my wireless card is also working as eth1 thats not the deal.
If it shows up by issuing the command
Code:
iwconfig
then its fine.
But you've got a Broadcom Lom and a Broadcom Wireless Card. The Broadcom Lom works fine only the 10 instead of 100 is currently unsatisfied, but we can manage that.
The sound works normal so then I am glad that my 1st hint was good.
Now I will give you some work to get your wlan up and running.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 01:21 AM   #6
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1st download this XP Drivers from Dell. Use WinRar to extract the exe File.
Copy the files on a media that can be easily transfered to your FC5. e.g. USB Stick.
2nd Download ndiswrapper 1.23 stabel from here
3rd install the kernel sources using yum or here kernel

Code:
Install the kernel and sources first
rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.17-1.2174_FC5.i686.rpm
then 
wget http://download.fedora.redhat.com/pub/fedora/linux/core/updates/5/SRPMS/kernel-2.6.17-1.2174_FC5.src.rpm
and install them. Also with rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.17-1.2174_FC5.src.rpm

Then copy the XP Windows Drivers you just downloaded 
to /tmp/wlanxp (files like .inf)

NDISWRAPPER:
tar zxvf ndiswrapper-1.23.tar.gz
cd ndiswrapper-1.23
make install

next -->
ndiswrapper -i /tmp/wlanxp/drivername.inf
for testing issue the command
modprobe ndiswrapper
and take a look in
less /var/log/messages
and this 
ndiswrapper -l
shows you the listed drivers that are hooked by ndiswrapper
now use 
ndiswrapper -m
to write it as alias to /etc/modprobe.conf

Done!

With system-config-network you can now create a new profile call it for e.g.
WLAN and setup your card.
Tell me if there're still any problems
regards
 
Old 09-14-2006, 01:34 AM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by odcheck
If it shows up by issuing the command
Code:
iwconfig
then its fine.
iwconfig leads to this output:

Code:
Warning: Driver for device eth1 has been compiled with version 20
of Wireless Extension, while this program supports up to version 19.
Some things may be broken...

eth1      IEEE 802.11b/g  ESSID:"MCStevens2"  Nickname:"localhost.localdomain"
          Mode:Managed  Frequenct=2.462 GHz  Access Point: Invalid
          Bit Rate=11 Mb/s
          RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
Something is definitely broken...

I've reconfigured my WLAN setup so that the SSID listed is what's broadcast, and that the encrypytion is currently off (I typically use a 128-bit WEP key). The card is failing to detect the network in any way shape or form. Using the GNOME environment, System->Administration->Network gives me the WLAN card (shown on eth1) and my NIC on eth0, as expected...eth1 is Inactive, and an attempt to activate returns:

Determining IP information for eth1... failed; no link present. Check cable?

After attempting to retrieve IP information for the device.

I've done pretty much all I can do for the night without driving myself nuts...one last search under Wireless Extension may reveal something, but...not 100% sure.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 01:45 AM   #8
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Better kill both devices listed there in
/etc/sysconfig/networking/devices/ifcfg-eth1 and eth0 (one of them has got type set to
wireless)
and do the steps that I discribed in the Post above cause this will 100% work.
 
Old 09-14-2006, 09:35 PM   #9
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Still broken...

Tried to run through the instructions given...make install after unpacking the ndiswrapper tar returns this:

Code:
make -C driver install
make[1]: Entering directory `/root/ndiswrapper-1.23/driver'
make -C /lib/modules/2.6.17-1.2174_FC5/build SUBDIRS=/root/ndiswrapper-1.23/driver
/usr/src/kernels/2.6.17-1.2174_FC5-i686/scripts/gcc-version.sh: line 11: gcc: command not found
/usr/src/kernels/2.6.17-1.2174_FC5-i686/scripts/gcc-version.sh: line 12: gcc: command not found
make[2]: gcc: Command not found
make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.17-1.2174_FC5-i686'
  LD      /root/ndiswrapper-1.23/driver/built-in.o
/bin/sh: ar: command not found
make[3]: *** [/root/ndiswrapper-1.23/driver/built-in.o] Error 127
make[2]: *** [_module_/root/ndiswrapper-1.23/driver] Error 2
make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/kernels/2.6.17-1.2174_FC5-i686'
make[1]: *** [default] Error 2
make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/ndiswrapper-1.23/driver'
make: *** [install] Error 2
Up til then, there's no issues that I ran into...only thing i can guess is make can't find the sources, which, they're in the locations i'm assuming they should be, by extracting the src.rpm...
 
Old 09-15-2006, 12:56 AM   #10
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Do you got the development tools installed?
The error is yelling that it doesn't find gcc and so on.
 
Old 09-17-2006, 06:03 PM   #11
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Further Issues

Still having issues...managed to get it to compile, and from there, it acted in a way that was far beyond any directions/helps I could find could give any solutions to...given that this was the only major issue I had, and nothing else had really been done to the system, I scrapped and started over.

I've installed the kernel/sources successfully, I believe (rpm -ivh kernel-2.6.17-1.2187_FC5.src.rpm returns warning: group brewbuilder does not exist - using root many times before it runs the #'s across indicating completion). Upon make install in the ndiswrapper folder, this is returned:

Code:
Can't find kernel build files in /lib/modules/2.6.17-1.2187_FC5/build;
  give the path to kernel build directory with
  KBUILD=<path> argument to make
I can't find where the build dir would be, aside from that--but that folder certainly doesn't exist.

And five minutes later, I figure that one out, so nevermind me.

Last edited by aeternitas; 09-17-2006 at 06:31 PM.
 
Old 09-17-2006, 07:29 PM   #12
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OK, now I'm back to where I was...running through the steps after installing ndiswrapper, I'm to the point where system-network-config recognizes the card...as dev1804289383. A profile has been created for it in system-network-config, and attempts to bring it active fail in the same manner as they were before...and the card remains unusable. I've run through the installation wiki on sourceforge for further steps...it directs to iwlist <devicename> scan...which returns:
Code:
Warning: Driver for device dev1804289383 has been compiled with version 20
of Wireless Extension, while this program supports up to version 19.
Some things may be broken...

dev1804289383  Interface doesn't support scanning : No such device
Any suggestions?
 
Old 09-23-2006, 10:40 PM   #13
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once bitten twice shy?

Once upon a time I managed to get my Dell Inspiron B130 laptop to access my home WLAN using the FC5 native bcm43xx driver running on BLAG Linux and GNU (based upon Fedora Core 5). Then I brought it down to my son's college in Virginia, where the hotel's wireless network seemed impenetrable to it, while my son's Windows XP laptop had no issues. Since then I haven't been able to make a wireless connection to my Netgear WG102 access point. I've spent hours troubleshooting - even reinstalling BLAG and the bcm43xx firmware from scratch - to no avail.

A quick Google reveals that the error I see in /var/log/messages seems common enough:

Code:
pablo@grandpaboy=> dmesg | grep bcm43
bcm43xx driver
bcm43xx: Chip ID 0x4318, rev 0x2
bcm43xx: Number of cores: 4
bcm43xx: Core 0: ID 0x800, rev 0xd, vendor 0x4243, enabled
bcm43xx: Core 1: ID 0x812, rev 0x9, vendor 0x4243, disabled
bcm43xx: Core 2: ID 0x804, rev 0xc, vendor 0x4243, enabled
bcm43xx: Core 3: ID 0x80d, rev 0x7, vendor 0x4243, enabled
bcm43xx: PHY connected
bcm43xx: Detected PHY: Version: 3, Type 2, Revision 7
bcm43xx: Detected Radio: ID: 8205017f (Manuf: 17f Ver: 2050 Rev: 8)
bcm43xx: Radio turned off
bcm43xx: Radio turned off
bcm43xx: PHY connected
bcm43xx: Radio turned on
bcm43xx: ASSERTION FAILED (radio_attenuation < 10) at: drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx_phy.c:1485:bcm43xx_find_lopair()
bcm43xx: WARNING: Writing invalid LOpair (low: 53, high: 46, index: 134)
 <f8a423e6> bcm43xx_phy_lo_adjust+0x2cc/0x2f1 [bcm43xx]  <f8a41c56> bcm43xx_phy_initb6+0x72d/0x855 [bcm43xx]
 <c0405047> do_IRQ+0x75/0x80  <f8a4307e> bcm43xx_phy_initg+0x11e/0xdb5 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a44fb1> bcm43xx_phy_init+0x6dd/0x706 [bcm43xx]  <f8a3e123> bcm43xx_radio_turn_on+0x23d/0x244 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a337a9> bcm43xx_write_initvals+0x56/0x89 [bcm43xx]  <f8a34c61> bcm43xx_chip_init+0x6aa/0x979 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a36a76> bcm43xx_init_board+0x434/0xc00 [bcm43xx]  <c05b3176> rtnetlink_dump_ifinfo+0x72/0x80
bcm43xx: ASSERTION FAILED (radio_attenuation < 10) at: drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx_phy.c:1485:bcm43xx_find_lopair()
bcm43xx: WARNING: Writing invalid LOpair (low: 53, high: 46, index: 134)
 <f8a423e6> bcm43xx_phy_lo_adjust+0x2cc/0x2f1 [bcm43xx]  <f8a43bd8> bcm43xx_phy_initg+0xc78/0xdb5 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a44fb1> bcm43xx_phy_init+0x6dd/0x706 [bcm43xx]  <f8a3e123> bcm43xx_radio_turn_on+0x23d/0x244 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a337a9> bcm43xx_write_initvals+0x56/0x89 [bcm43xx]  <f8a34c61> bcm43xx_chip_init+0x6aa/0x979 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a36a76> bcm43xx_init_board+0x434/0xc00 [bcm43xx]  <c05b3176> rtnetlink_dump_ifinfo+0x72/0x80
bcm43xx: ASSERTION FAILED (radio_attenuation < 10) at: drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx_phy.c:1485:bcm43xx_find_lopair()
bcm43xx: WARNING: Writing invalid LOpair (low: 53, high: 46, index: 134)
 <f8a423e6> bcm43xx_phy_lo_adjust+0x2cc/0x2f1 [bcm43xx]  <f8a40e43> bcm43xx_phy_init_pctl+0x270/0x286 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a43cb7> bcm43xx_phy_initg+0xd57/0xdb5 [bcm43xx]  <f8a44fb1> bcm43xx_phy_init+0x6dd/0x706 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a3e123> bcm43xx_radio_turn_on+0x23d/0x244 [bcm43xx]  <f8a337a9> bcm43xx_write_initvals+0x56/0x89 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a34c61> bcm43xx_chip_init+0x6aa/0x979 [bcm43xx]  <f8a36a76> bcm43xx_init_board+0x434/0xc00 [bcm43xx]
bcm43xx: Chip initialized
bcm43xx: DMA initialized
bcm43xx: 80211 cores initialized
bcm43xx: Keys cleared
bcm43xx: ASSERTION FAILED (radio_attenuation < 10) at: drivers/net/wireless/bcm43xx/bcm43xx_phy.c:1485:bcm43xx_find_lopair()
bcm43xx: WARNING: Writing invalid LOpair (low: 53, high: 46, index: 134)
 <f8a423e6> bcm43xx_phy_lo_adjust+0x2cc/0x2f1 [bcm43xx]  <f8a3f32e> bcm43xx_phy_set_baseband_attenuation+0x84/0x108 [bcm43xx]
 <f8a42c8f> bcm43xx_phy_lo_g_measure+0x884/0xb55 [bcm43xx]  <c0423caf> __mod_timer+0x8a/0x94
 <f8a33542> bcm43xx_shm_read32+0x2c/0xa1 [bcm43xx]  <f8a3408d> bcm43xx_periodic_task_handler+0xf0/0x325 [bcm43xx]
 <c042372b> run_timer_softirq+0x10f/0x16b  <f8a33f9d> bcm43xx_periodic_task_handler+0x0/0x325 [bcm43xx]
bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
bcm43xx: set security called
bcm43xx:    .level = 0
bcm43xx:    .enabled = 0
bcm43xx:    .encrypt = 0
bcm43xx: Radio turned off
bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (RX) max used slots: 0/64
bcm43xx: DMA 0x0260 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
bcm43xx: DMA 0x0240 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
bcm43xx: DMA 0x0220 (TX) max used slots: 2/512
bcm43xx: DMA 0x0200 (TX) max used slots: 0/512
bcm43xx: Radio turned on
bcm43xx: Chip initialized
bcm43xx: DMA initialized
bcm43xx: 80211 cores initialized
bcm43xx: Keys cleared
Unfortunately the only remedy seems to be either hand patching the kernel or waiting until 2.6.19. The modules are there:

Code:
root@grandpaboy=> lsmod | grep bcm
bcm43xx               422209  0
ieee80211softmac       31553  1 bcm43xx
ieee80211              31625  2 bcm43xx,ieee80211softmac
but an iwconfig shows that the access point is "invalid".

Code:
root@grandpaboy=> iwconfig eth1
eth1      IEEE 802.11b/g  ESSID:off/any  Nickname:"Broadcom 4318"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency=2.484 GHz  Access Point: Invalid
          Bit Rate=11 Mb/s   Tx-Power=18 dBm
          RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
This is the case no matter how many times I reset the wireless router or reboot the PC.
Worst of all, my wife keeps asking the question "why don't you just install Windows? You know it works." What's a poor Linux enthusiast to do? *sigh*
 
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Following the excellent post of odcheck, if any of you still have problems, (Error :Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode4.fw" not available or load failed)
what you must do is the following:
1) In /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist set the bcm43xx as "blacklist bcm43xx" to disable the built-in drivers
2) In /etc/modprobe.conf file add a line for the interface that has been created like wlan0 or eth1.
example "alias wlan0 ndiswrapper", or "alias eth1 ndiswrapper"
3) Reboot

Hopefully this will solve your problem.
 
  


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