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Old 12-27-2008, 06:27 PM   #16
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Where are you getting these instructions that are always telling you to delete a bunch of files?
Maybe the documentation in /usr/share/ would be a better choice!

Check if your bcm43-fwcutter package supplies a script to download a driver that works and cut out the firmware for you.

When I installed FC10 on my old laptop, I grabbed the script from a SuSE rpm package, and ran it.
The wireless device was working in seconds.

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You can use `mc' to extract a file from an rpm package. The script may be generic enough to work on any distro. Make sure that you download the package for the correct architecture, e.g. x86_64 for a 64 bit x86. In the least you can read the two links that are used to download the drivers. They are from the openwrt site.

A good place to locate rpms is http://rpm.pbone.net. You can filter by distro and version. A recent version of bc43-fwcutter would be better in case the urls in the script have changed.
 
Old 12-27-2008, 06:49 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by rbees View Post
Thanks for not being to hard on me.

Debian Lenny AMD64

We had some trouble getting Lenny to configure the network card. We had to download a new Lenny release critical netinstall with the updated pci info to get it to work.

I did try to reinstall with # aptitude reinstall udev but that was not successfull because the network card is not functioning.

Would we be better just reinstalling? The install is only 2 weeks old.
Yes, you should reinstall, because who knows what else you've managed to mung up doing all this deleting of files and digging around in stuff?

It's hard to believe that you are following any Debian related instructions if they are telling you to manually remove files. Are you just going to random websites, downloading software, and blindly following instructions? I've been using Debian through Sarge, Etch, and now Lenny, and these problems simply don't happen if you limit yourself to ".deb" packages, preferably from the Debian repository. Any instruction that tells you to manually delete a file should set off warning sirens in your head if you are a Debian user.
 
Old 12-27-2008, 07:03 PM   #18
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Thanks jschiwal.

I can't give you a link to the page i was following. I think it may still be open on the boy's laptop but he may have closed it. It was a debian specific page complete with logo, but not debian.org

Like I said before I just miss read the instructions. I guess I got a little to sure of myself and assumed, you know what they say about that, they ment the whole folder.

The b43 driver when the boy installed it out of the debian repositories did download the firmware. But after having read up on it a little I see that the 4312 chipset is not well supported by the b43.

I installed ndiswrapper wrapper with module-assistant and all worked fine. I am not sure about the xp driver I have for the card is good. I was unable to find a way to get it form the Acer site and haven't taken any time to do more searching.

I started the driver with modporbe in both cases. But was not able to get the driver to see the card somehow.

Part of the problem may be that the boy is suppose to be doing this so that he will learn how to fix things that don't work and I am not sure what steps he may have taken that I don't know about. I am thinking that when I get back to it I will uninstall and purge everything we have done and start over.

Once again thanks to every one that has tried to help.

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Old 12-27-2008, 09:08 PM   #19
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Look in the README file from the ndiswrapper package. It may list the files and md5sums that workk.

The ndiswrapper wiki has a list of devices and the locations of files that users have found to
work.

I would recommend downloading the source. That would allow you to build a new ndiswrapper kernel
module quickly after a kernel upgrade. My old laptop had the regular NIC device go out, so I was motivated
to get wireless working. I was running SuSE, and found that the source had an ndiswrapper.spec file
so I could extract the spec file and use rpmbuild. Check the ndiswrapper and source on building a
debian package. Of course, building it from source is fine as well.
 
Old 12-28-2008, 08:02 PM   #20
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Thanks Ladies & Gentlemen

I have success with the wireless. A little more looking on google brought me to this page
http://jomcode.com/fadhil/?p=59

So I used the driver from Broadcom (the 64) http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php and compiled the module. I did have some issues with the old drivers being installed and conflicting with each other. But after I uninstalled them, the drivers that didn't work, and moved all the leftover driver files out of the module tree I had a successfull reboot and working wireless.

Edit: Oh yea, the ndiswrapper compatible list is not there any more. I did find an archived copy hear http://web.archive.org/web/200801131...id,33/id,list/

Thanks again.

Last edited by rbees; 12-28-2008 at 08:05 PM. Reason: ndiswrapper
 
  


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