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Old 11-29-2013, 05:03 PM   #1
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Networking Issue has me stumped

I did a fresh install of slackware 14.0, updated everything, re-booted, and then installed my broadcom wireless driver, blacklisted b43 & ssb, and everything was fine. It was listed as eth1, and when I re-booted my wireless stopped working. Now the only one I have listed is wlan0, which is not my wireless card. Any ideas why this happened, or how I can get it working again? I may re-install 14.1 and see what happens...
Old 11-29-2013, 06:06 PM   #2
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There are so many variations on a few chipsets that as you must know, each wireless is pretty much a case on it's own and needs to be subjected to research and troubleshooting. However IMHO your most valuable tool is a working system so I am always hesitant to use the old M$ Windows way of doing things and re-installing/rebooting. From your working installation you have DMESG and other logs that can tell you what's going on, whether the system even "sees" your particular card at all and how it handled it. Once you see it, you can narrow down and find what's blocking or altering the way it is recognized.

Another possibilty is to use a LIVE CD or even several different distros and see how they deal with it. Ultimately it is my guess that you could incorporate whatever a slim LiVE CD does into blacklist or "/etc/rc.d/rc.inet1". At the very least it would be a good clue.

I'd try doing it from the working new system first, but the point is long before I'd fall back to a re-install, I'd try Live CDs.

Good Luck
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Old 11-30-2013, 10:10 AM   #3
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Which nic is showing as wlan0?
Old 12-01-2013, 07:21 AM   #4
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wlan0 is a wireless usb stick that I have. The broadcom wireless driver installs just fine and works until I reboot. Then it says that the firmware is missing. I'm going to try re-installing 14.1 and see if that works.
Old 12-01-2013, 09:59 AM   #5
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Chalk this up to user error. I blacklisted b43 & ssb in the wrong place. *sigh* some days it doesn't pay to get out of bed. :-p
Old 12-03-2013, 03:03 AM   #6
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Thanks for keeping us posted. You might want to mark the thread as "solved" under "Thread Tools" at the top, so people know it's all done. Thanks.


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