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Old 09-05-2012, 04:43 PM   #1
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Problem with broadcom wireless card setup

Hi, I'm kinda new to Slackware and I'm having a hard time trying to figure out how to make my broadcom wireless card work.

here it is the lspci | grep Network output

bash-4.1# lspci | grep Network
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
and iwconfig output:

bash-4.1# iwconfig
lo       no wireless extensions.

eth0     no wireless extensions.
According to this website it doesn't support my wireless card (see the table at "Supported Devices").

Can anyone help me? I tried many a lot of things already, had to reinstall Slackware cause screwed some important files trying to make it work. Thanks!
Old 09-05-2012, 04:54 PM   #2
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You have to install the broadcom-sta proprietary drivers from the broadcom website, it has instructions there as well to show you how to compile and install the drivers.
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Alternatively the FOSS brcmsmac/brcm80211 driver (should be included in the 2.6.37 kernel and is certainly in the 3.2.x kernels if you're running -current) supports that broadcom chipset. As ever it needs firmware...

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The brcm80211's "brcmsmac" driver works well for that chipset.

Grab a copy of the firmware at...


...and copy "brcm/bcm43xx-0.fw" and "brcm/bcm43xx_hdr-0.fw" to directory "/lib/firmware/brcm". You may have to create the directory.

I'm not sure a reboot is required, but afterwards it should work flawlessly.


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