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Old 12-16-2009, 05:27 PM   #1
bflojoe10
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Trying to connect wirelessly w/Broadcom BCM4318 chip


I installed Ubuntu 9,10 (kernel 2.6.31.16). Ethernet connection to Ubuntu and wireless connection to dual boot Windows XP both work fine. But, I am frustrated trying to connect wirelessly via Ubuntu. I've done a lot of reading and trial-and-error installs to no avail! I think I'm confused about potetial conflicts between b43, Broadcom STA driver and ndiswrapper (for Windows drivers). My wifi switch is 'on'. In Systm/Administration/ Hardware Drivers, no drivers appear. I've updated the repositories several times, and am up to date on those.

1) I originally installed ndiswrapper, and then Broadcom (windows) driver files bcml5.inf and bcml5.sys. That didn't work. I then blacklisted ndiswrapper.
2) I installed b43-fwcutter (so SPM tells me)
3) I installed b43 (32 files) and b43-legacy (16 files) in the lib/firmware folder
4) I ran several commands, with the following results:

1) Lshw -c network[/B][/U][/U][/U][/B] (is device recognized?)

joseph@joseph-laptop:~$ lshw -c network
WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
*-network:0 UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:06:02.0
version: 02
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: latency=64
resources: memory:c0204000-c0205fff
*-network:1
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 6
bus info: pci@0000:06:06.0
logical name: eth0
version: 10
serial: 00:0f:b0:bc:0a:b7
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 latency=128 maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 multicast=yes
resources: irq:22 ioport:a000(size=256) memory:c020a400-c020a4

2) Lshw: (is a driver automatically loaded?)

*-network:0 UNCLAIMED
description: Network controller
product: BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:06:02.0
version: 02
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: latency=64
resources: memory:c0204000-c0205fff
*-network:1

description: Ethernet interface

product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+

vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.

physical id: 6

bus info: pci@0000:06:06.0

logical name: eth0

version: 10

serial: 00:0f:b0:bc:0a:b7

width: 32 bits

clock: 33MHz

capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical

configuration: broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 ip=192.168.2.101 latency=128 maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 multicast=yes

resources: irq:22 ioport:a000(size=256) memory:c020a400-c020a4ff

*-multimedia

description: Multimedia audio controller

product: IXP SB400 AC'97 Audio Controller

vendor: ATI Technologies Inc

physical id: 14.5

bus info: pci@0000:00:14.5

version: 02

width: 32 bits

clock: 66MHz

capabilities: bus_master cap_list

configuration: driver=ATI IXP AC97 controller latency=64 mingnt=2

resources: irq:17 memory:c0003400-c00034ff


3) lspci
06:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1355

Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 10

Memory at c0204000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]

Kernel modules: ssb


06:06.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)

Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 309b

Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 128, IRQ 22

I/O ports at a000 [size=256]

Memory at c020a400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]

Capabilities: <access denied>

Kernel driver in use: 8139too

Kernel modules: epl, 8139too, 8139cp


4) iwconfig
joseph@joseph-laptop:~$ iwconfig

lo no wireless extensions.



eth0 no wireless extensions.




5) ifconfig:
oseph@joseph-laptop:~$ iwconfig

lo no wireless extensions.



eth0 no wireless extensions.



joseph@joseph-laptop:~$ ifconfig

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0f:b0:bc:0a:b7

inet addr:192.168.2.101 Bcast:192.168.2.255 Mask:255.255.255.0

inet6 addr: fe80::20f:b0ff:febc:ab7/64 Scope:Link

UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1

RX packets:14 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:40 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000

RX bytes:2006 (2.0 KB) TX bytes:5937 (5.9 KB)

Interrupt:22 Base address:0xa000



lo Link encap:Local Loopback

inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0

inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host

UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1

RX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0

TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0

collisions:0 txqueuelen:0

RX bytes:240 (240.0 B) TX bytes:240 (240.0 B)


At this point, I think I am worse off than when I started. It doesn't appear that my wireless device is now recognized, let along working with the correct driver!

Any help would be appreciated
 
Old 12-16-2009, 09:55 PM   #2
AsusDave
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This worked for me on an Acer laptop

Code:
http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43
HTH
Dave
 
  


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