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Old 03-25-2011, 01:27 PM   #1
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HP 625 problems configuring the wireless network


Hi all,

I've bought a HP 625 laptop that has a Broadcom 4313 wireless adapter (it has draft n capabilities) and I'm trying to get the wireless network to run in Gentoo linux.

I connect to the Internet through a Linksys E2000 router.

In windows the wireless connection works perfectly. In Gentoo on the other hand, I'm unable to connect to the router.
I'm using the wl driver (broadcom-sta) and I'm trying to use wicd for wireless network connections. I have installed wpa_supplicant and wireless-tools also. iwconfig reports that the tx power for the card is off.
I've tried to enable it by running iwconfig eth1 txpower on, but it doesn't do anything (I think the laptop has a hardware rf kill switch). The tx power is still off.

Also the laptop has a WiFi switch (the button has a led that changes its color when the RF antenna is deactivated/activated - orange/blue) on the keyboard and in gentoo when I press the button the led stays orange.

Can somebody help me?
 
Old 03-25-2011, 08:49 PM   #2
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Because of license issues almost no distro delivers the necessary firmware for Broadcom cards out of the box. Have a look at the package b43-firmwarecutter to get the firmware.
 
Old 03-26-2011, 12:50 AM   #3
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Do I still need the b43 firmware if I'm using the broadcom binary drivers?
 
Old 03-26-2011, 07:03 AM   #4
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What do you mean with binary drivers? If it is a driver delivered to you from your distro, then the answer will be yes. I don't know about drivers you get elsewhere.
 
Old 03-26-2011, 02:24 PM   #5
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The broadcom-sta drivers are the drivers listed on broadcom's web site: http://www.broadcom.com/docs/linux_s...0_82_38.tar.gz (http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php).
 
Old 06-06-2011, 11:52 AM   #6
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I think th DBUS system might be the culprit as before it is loaded the rf kill switch from the keyboard works perfectly, but after it is loaded the rf kill switch is set to off and I can't manage to turn it on anymore.

I'm using KDE and as far as I know the DBUS system is needed. Is there a way to configure the DBUS system for wireless?
 
Old 07-17-2011, 02:25 AM   #7
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I've managed to enable the RF antenna for the wireless card (this was done by unloading the wired network card's driver module - it appears as this laptop cannot use both wired and wireless networks at the same time - if the wired network is enabled then I'm unable to power on the RF antenna (this also happens in windows)) and I'm able to search for wireless networks.

I have wpa_supplicant and wicd installed and though I see wireless networks I'm unable to connect to my wireless router. My router is set not to broadcast the essid for the wireless network and it's using a WPA2 Personal encryption for the wireless password. Wicd sees my wireless connection as <hidden> but when I click on the info button it shows that the encryption type is WEP which is wrong and when I try to connect to the wireless network it says bad password (although the password is correct). I've tried also tried to enable the essid broadcast on the router but it's the same thing: when pressing the info button it shows that the encryption is WEP instead of WPA2 and I'm unable to connect to the network with the same error: BAD password.

Does anyone have any ideas?
 
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http://blog.pavelb.ru/2011/03/hp-625...eze-amd64.html

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