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Old 12-10-2006, 08:37 AM   #1
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Can't activate the wifi card on an hp xv5000


Hi,

I'm running Ubuntu 6.10 on an HP xv5000. There is a hardware button that turns on the wireless network card, and I can't get that to work. I've installed the proper driver with ndsiwrapper, and I activated it with the command:

iwconfig eth1 essid MYESSID channel 1 key AAAAAAAAAA

When I go into System/Administration/Networking, it says that the wireless device is working, and but output from iwconfig shows:

IEEE 802.b/g ESSID:"" Nickname: "Broadcom 4306"
Mode: Managed Frequency: 2.412 Ghz Access Point: Invalid
RTS: thr: off Fragment: thr: off
Encryption key: AAAA-AAAA-AA Security mode: open
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 invalid crupt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

So I'm not sure whether the network card is actually powered up even though the button won't light. And assuming it's powered up, I can't figure out what I'm doing wrong.

Can any kind soul please help?

Many thanks

Last edited by damaru; 12-10-2006 at 09:21 AM. Reason: removed smileys
 
Old 12-14-2006, 04:18 PM   #2
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"So I'm not sure whether the network card is actually powered up even though the button won't light."

That would be the first clue that it's not. Broadcom cards need extra work. You can use a driver wrapper like ndiswrapper or try your attempt at the drivers people are writing for them. Either way, it's not just gonna work on it's own.
 
Old 12-14-2006, 07:50 PM   #3
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Thanks very much,

It may seem obvious that the card isn't powered up unless that light is on, but I have seen posts on various lists like these from people who say things like "I finally got it working, even though the light doesn't light up." So part of my question was to ask if the output from iwconfig tells me whether the device is working or not.
 
Old 12-17-2006, 06:45 PM   #4
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Well, it's not working, as the forums should also show you that you need to set up broadcom based cards. They don't normally work right out of the box. There's driver wrappers, and an open source project. Pick one and try it.
 
Old 12-18-2006, 02:38 PM   #5
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Intel ipw2200 drivers don't traditionally light the indicator.
 
Old 12-18-2006, 09:01 PM   #6
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I have a Broadcom BCM4306 wireless card in my old Compaq Presario 2145 laptop, and I have had no luck getting it to run with the native driver in the kernel.

I recommend using ndiswrapper for this card. It is easy to set up and has been very reliable for me. The instructions in the ndiswrapper installation wiki are very good and they do work.

Bob
 
Old 12-19-2006, 02:37 PM   #7
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Intel ipw2200 drivers don't traditionally light the indicator.

Mines lit. Can turn it on and off with the driver too...
 
Old 12-19-2006, 02:51 PM   #8
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Which driver are you using bcm43xx or ndiswrapper. Take a look at this sites wiki. It contains step by step setup instructions. I have a zv5000 laptop. It uses "Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
". I use ndiswrapper. In my case I had to wait a while until I could find a 64-bit windows driver I could download. Also, I found that the version of ndiswrapper that ships with SuSE 10.1 had problems. I had downloaded an earlier version of ndiswrapper that I used with SuSE 10.0, and used "rpmbuild -ba ndiswrapper.spec" to build a pair of ndiswrapper rpms to install. I do this after a kernel upgrade as well.

Another of the wireless-tools programs "iwlist" is good for quickly determining if your wireless device is configured. Try "iwlist <device-name> scan" to see if it can detect access points. If it can, then the device is probably working and you can work on your wpa_psk configuration. Before the device authenticates, you won't get an IP assigned via DHCP.

You can use "lsmod" to list what kernel modules are loaded.
Code:
lsmod | egrep '(bcm|ndis)'
ndiswrapper           208896  0
usbcore               129576  6 usbhid,usb_storage,ohci_hcd,ehci_hcd,ndiswrapper
I your case, I suspect that your system is using the bcm43xx driver.

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Old 12-19-2006, 03:58 PM   #9
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One additional note about bcm43xx.... You must install firmware for it to work. This is tripping up a lot of people in that distros now include the bcm43xx module, but not the firmware. Without both, you don't have a functioning card.
 
Old 12-20-2006, 05:17 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Caeda
[My ipw2000 LED is] lit. Can turn it on and off with the driver too...
Has it been stable? Initially there were some stability issues. (Google for ipw2200 and LED)

Even in current versions of the driver, the default action is to not light the LED. See the readme:

http://ipw2200.sourceforge.net/README.ipw2200
 
Old 12-20-2006, 05:26 PM   #11
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i took my 2200bg card and put it into another laptop. had to use the masking tape trick and cover some pins to get it to work. But I had very very bad stability issues. Almost every hour I get disconnected a few times. It just loses connection for no reasons. We got a dozen of them, and I think its got to do with the power management. Or I'm getting void11 by wardrivers.
 
Old 12-26-2006, 10:04 PM   #12
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It's perfectly stable. Use it for days at a time.
 
Old 12-30-2006, 05:43 PM   #13
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Thank you all very much! I finally got it working by following the instructions here:

http://www.ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=185650

and using bcm43xx-fwcutter rather than ndiswrapper.

The little light flashes briefly when I activate the device from the Ubuntu network manager.
 
  


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