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Old 01-27-2014, 09:01 AM   #1
Dani75
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no Wifi on new Linux Mint installation


Hi!

I just installed Linux Mint 16 on a quite old notebook with integrated 802.11 b/g wireless lan. I am never prompted that wlans are found nor could I configure a wifi network. There was a Windows XP installation on the notebook before I installed Mint and the 02.11 b/g worked fine then.

Here is some output:

Code:
lspci
...
0a:05.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
...
Code:
sudo iwlist 0a:05.0 scan
0a:05.0   Interface doesn't support scanning.
As I am all new to linux, I am hoping that someone here has any ideas as to how I will get that notebook connected to the Internet using wifi?

Thanks
Dani
 
Old 01-27-2014, 09:50 AM   #2
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Hi, welcome to LQ,

please execute the lspci command with the -k option (to show the kernel-module)
Code:
lspci -k | grep -iA3 broadcom
Probably the broadcom card needs additional firmware. As for the iwlist command you should try
Code:
iwlist wlan0 scan
and be sure that wlan0 is up. Also the iwconfig command will be useful once you connect to an accesspoint.

Markus
 
Old 01-27-2014, 10:29 AM   #3
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Hi Markus!

Thank you for your reply!

Code:
lspci -k | grep -iA3 broadcom
0a:05.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
	Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. TravelMate 2410
	Kernel driver in use: wl
0a:06.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCIxx12 Cardbus Controller
Code:
iwlist wlan0 scan
wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning
How do I make sure wlan0 is up?

Dani
 
Old 01-27-2014, 10:36 AM   #4
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Look
Code:
sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
tar xf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver
sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta_mimo.o
modprobe b43
Make sure you are connected to the internet with a wire from your router to your computer while you download the driver for your wireless

I found that on this thread http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=96604

More here http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/796
According to the above link you just need to type
Code:
sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
Here is more information https://help.ubuntu.com/community/Wi...Driver/bcm43xx

Last edited by TroN-0074; 01-27-2014 at 10:44 AM.
 
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Old 01-27-2014, 11:36 AM   #5
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Awesome, thanks TroN! That was it!
 
  


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