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Old 10-09-2008, 12:58 PM   #1
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Arrow Dell 6400 wireless configuration


I installed Slackware 12.1 (kernel 2.6.24.5-smp) on my laptop and I have not clue how to configure my wireless mini-card.

The card is a dell wireless 1390 rev.3.6
chipset: BCM 4311 /BVM 2050

Presently I'm working wired.
My ifconfig displays:
Code:
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:15:c5:b8:6f:ac
          inet addr:192.168.1.198  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
          inet6 addr: fe80::215:c5ff:feb8:6fac/64 Scope:Link
          UP BROADCAST NOTRAILERS RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:41 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:50 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:12205 (11.9 KiB)  TX bytes:8814 (8.6 KiB)
          Interrupt:18

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:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
and iwconfig:
Code:
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wmaster0  no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:""
          Mode:Managed  Channel:0  Access Point: Not-Associated
          Tx-Power=0 dBm
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2346 B
          Encryption key:D5AD-1F04-ACF0-48EC-2D0B-1C80-C7
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
lspci shows:
Code:
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 01)
Also,

When I shutdown my laptop the wireless goes down (it is normal) but when I reopen my laptop and enter Linux it does not activate the wireless card again.(I have windows xp on it and it self activates)

Therefore I need help.If possible simple steps is easier to understand because I'm a newbie.

thank you in advance!!

Last edited by rssn6; 10-09-2008 at 07:00 PM. Reason: add some more information
 
Old 10-10-2008, 01:16 AM   #2
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You can put your settings in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf. You'll probably need to uncomment some lines (i.e. remove the # at the start of the lines) and will need to edit the file as root.
 
Old 10-10-2008, 04:45 AM   #3
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Read Configuring your network in Slackware by Alien Bob.
He's the one who maintains those files for Slackware. If
you still have problems afterwards, post back what you did
and what the new problem might be.

If you are not comfortable doing your configuration from
the command line in a terminal, you might want to install
wicd, a package with a GUI interface for configuring your
network. Really, CLI is easy if you follow the directions,
and we'll help if you stumble.

Sorry that mod closed your thread in Slackware rather than
closing this one. Use the Report button on your first post
and report it and ask a mod to move this to Slackware.
 
Old 10-10-2008, 09:14 AM   #4
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Thank you for reply I will do some modification in /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf and I will read Read "Configuring your network in Slackware" concerning wicd I installed but it does not open it self i see just the bouncing icon and then it just does not show me anything.
I will get back

thank you again!
 
Old 10-11-2008, 01:25 PM   #5
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I had no luck !!
in my rc.inet1.conf I uncommented as follow:
Code:
IFNAME[1]="wlan0"
IPADDR[1]=""
NETMASK[1]=""
USE_DHCP[1]="yes"
DHCP_HOSTNAME[1]="5656"
WLAN_ESSID[1]=5656
WLAN_MODE[1]=Managed
WLAN_RATE[1]="54M auto"
WLAN_CHANNEL[1]="1"
WLAN_KEY[1]=xxxxxxxxx
(yes i commented all other array[x] that would intefear with my wlan0[1])
and nothing !!

I found out that there is a problem with b43 frimware
Code:
b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found or load failed.
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware (version 4).
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input14
b44: eth0: Link is up at 100 Mbps, full duplex.
b44: eth0: Flow control is off for TX and off for RX.
b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found or load failed.
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware (version 4).
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input15
b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found or load failed.
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware (version 4).
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input16
b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found or load failed.
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware (version 4).
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input17
b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found or load failed.
b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware (version 4).
could it be the problem ? If so how do you repair?

Code:
0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell Unknown device 0007
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
        Memory at efcfc000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
        Capabilities: [58] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit- Queue=0/0 Enable-
        Capabilities: [d0] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
        Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
        Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel <?>
        Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
        Kernel modules: bcm43xx, ssb
Is my wifi use bcm43xx ? according to my lspci -v

and what about if I install ndiswrapper?

please help me thank you!!

Last edited by rssn6; 10-11-2008 at 01:32 PM.
 
Old 10-11-2008, 04:31 PM   #6
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ok, I fixed the error b43-phy0 ERROR, it was just the driver that was not there when to http://linuxwireless.org/ and installed.

Now I'm stuck on this:
Code:
b43-phy0: Broadcom 4311 WLAN found
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input13
Registered led device: b43-phy0:tx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:rx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:radio
b43-phy0: Radio hardware status changed to DISABLED
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input14
Registered led device: b43-phy0:tx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:rx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:radio
b43-phy0: Radio hardware status changed to DISABLED
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input15
Registered led device: b43-phy0:tx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:rx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:radio
b43-phy0: Radio hardware status changed to DISABLED
but my wifi Led is on !!!
and
how do I configure Fn+F2 fore activate/deactivate Wifi
help!
 
Old 10-11-2008, 06:29 PM   #7
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Presently I'm writing this reply through my wireless card.

to fix the error
Code:
b43-phy0: Radio hardware status changed to DISABLED
I just restart my computer that is it
and everything worked fine.
I will reply later on to see how my wifi doing.

just need to figure out how to activate my Fn+F2 key for the wireless.
 
Old 10-12-2008, 08:49 PM   #8
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Hello, again having problems when I restart my wifi card
using the command /etc/rc.d/rc.inte1 wlan0.restart

have no clue what is going on

any suggestions???
 
Old 10-12-2008, 10:33 PM   #9
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It'd help if you told us the problems you're having..
 
Old 10-13-2008, 06:05 PM   #10
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Ok my problem is that i can't start my wireless
Code:
Error for wireless request "Set Nickname" (8B1C) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Operation not supported.
Polling for DHCP server on interface wlan0:
dhcpcd: MAC address = 00:16:cf:8c:9f:27
and other time my wireless is on and when I try to restart it with /etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 wlan0.restart it goes down and then gives me the same msg.

my inet1
Code:
# Config information for eth0:
IPADDR[0]=""
NETMASK[0]=""
USE_DHCP[0]="yes"
DHCP_HOSTNAME[0]=""

IFNAME[4]="wlan0"
IPADDR[4]=""
NETMASK[4]=""
USE_DHCP[4]="yes"
DHCP_HOSTNAME[4]=""
WLAN_ESSID[4]="5656"
WLAN_MODE[4]=Managed
WLAN_RATE[4]="54M auto"
WLAN_CHANNEL[4]="4"
#WLAN_KEY[4]=1037857793

# Config information for eth1:
#IPADDR[1]=""
#NETMASK[1]=""
#USE_DHCP[1]=""
#DHCP_HOSTNAME[1]=""

# Config information for eth2:
#IPADDR[2]=""
#NETMASK[2]=""
#USE_DHCP[2]=""
#DHCP_HOSTNAME[2]=""

# Config information for eth3:
#IPADDR[3]=""
#NETMASK[3]=""
#USE_DHCP[3]=""
#DHCP_HOSTNAME[3]=""

# Default gateway IP address:
GATEWAY="192.168.1.1"

# Change this to "yes" for debugging output to stdout.  Unfortunately,
# /sbin/hotplug seems to disable stdout so you'll only see debugging output
# when rc.inet1 is called directly.
DEBUG_ETH_UP="no"
my dmesg:
Code:
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input29
Registered led device: b43-phy0:tx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:rx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:radio
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:03:2f:07:fe:1f
wlan0: Initial auth_alg=0
wlan0: authenticate with AP 00:03:2f:07:fe:1f
wlan0: RX authentication from 00:03:2f:07:fe:1f (alg=0 transaction=2 status=0)
wlan0: authenticated
wlan0: associate with AP 00:03:2f:07:fe:1f
wlan0: RX AssocResp from 00:03:2f:07:fe:1f (capab=0x41 status=0 aid=3)
wlan0: associated
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): wlan0: link becomes ready
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input30
Registered led device: b43-phy0:tx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:rx
Registered led device: b43-phy0:radio
ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
so that is it
help please
 
Old 10-13-2008, 06:50 PM   #11
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I don't know if this is your problem but the command
Code:
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 wlan0.restart
should be
Code:
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf wlan0_restart
or even replace the _ with a space.

And, why do you want to restart the card?
 
Old 10-13-2008, 09:37 PM   #12
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Code:
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1 wlan0.restart
or
/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1.conf wlan0_restart
is the same thing!

because by restarting i make sure that the card is working ok
but even at boot the wifi do not go online.
 
Old 10-15-2008, 07:58 AM   #13
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Old 10-17-2008, 05:14 PM   #14
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I see that there is no replies!
I'm crying for help here
thank you
 
Old 10-18-2008, 01:33 PM   #15
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I haven't a clue I'm afraid.
 
  


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