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Old 04-13-2014, 12:24 PM   #1
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another broadcom4318 wireless question(s)


I installed xubuntu 12.04 over a year ago and managed quite easily to get the wireless card running on this old laptop Dell Inspiron 6000.

All it took if i remember well was to install fwcutter and some other stuff and it was very simple. I had found the information with the help of google and it is still running as a matter of fact.

So here i go and now i installed Debian Wheezy on another partition and the only problem as stated above is the wireless card BCM4318 airforce one 54 g.

The wired (cable)connection works fine but the wireless got me beat.

I installed b43fwcutter and i do not know if i have to install something else,seeing that the network manager comes up all the time asking me for the network's password and it greys out as soon as i start to type the password.

I did lsmod and the following modules are loaded;



gaetan@debianDell:~$ su -
Mot de passe :
root@debianDell:~# lspci -nn | grep Network
03:03.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
root@debianDell:~#
root@debianDell:~# lsmod
Module Size Used by
parport_pc 22036 0
ppdev 12651 0
lp 12797 0
parport 31254 3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
bnep 17288 2
rfcomm 28626 0
bluetooth 103791 8 rfcomm,bnep
binfmt_misc 12813 1
uinput 12991 1
nfsd 173890 2
nfs 265921 0
nfs_acl 12463 2 nfs,nfsd
auth_rpcgss 32143 2 nfs,nfsd
fscache 31978 1 nfs
lockd 57277 2 nfs,nfsd
sunrpc 143904 6 lockd,auth_rpcgss,nfs_acl,nfs,nfsd
loop 17810 0
joydev 17010 0
snd_intel8x0m 17503 0
snd_intel8x0 22372 2
snd_ac97_codec 84236 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m
arc4 12418 2
snd_pcm 53461 3 snd_ac97_codec,snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m
b43 288914 0
i915 317419 3
snd_page_alloc 12867 3 snd_pcm,snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m
bcma 19156 1 b43
snd_seq 39512 0
drm_kms_helper 22738 1 i915
mac80211 171389 1 b43
yenta_socket 22402 0
drm 146387 4 drm_kms_helper,i915
cfg80211 113445 2 mac80211,b43
iTCO_wdt 16945 0
i2c_algo_bit 12713 1 i915
iTCO_vendor_support 12632 1 iTCO_wdt
dell_laptop 16976 0
dcdbas 13080 1 dell_laptop
rfkill 18516 6 dell_laptop,cfg80211,bluetooth
i2c_i801 12670 0
pcmcia_rsrc 17380 1 yenta_socket
snd_seq_device 13016 1 snd_seq
i2c_core 19116 5 i2c_i801,i2c_algo_bit,drm,drm_kms_helper,i915
psmouse 59609 0
serio_raw 12803 0
evdev 17225 19
ac 12552 0
battery 12986 0
power_supply 13283 3 battery,ac,dell_laptop
snd_timer 22356 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
pcspkr 12515 0
snd 42722 11 snd_timer,snd_seq_device,snd_seq,snd_pcm,snd_ac97_codec,snd_intel8x0,snd_intel8x0m
soundcore 12921 1 snd
ac97_bus 12462 1 snd_ac97_codec
processor 27565 1
video 17459 1 i915
button 12817 1 i915
rng_core 12580 1 b43
ext4 306996 1
crc16 12327 2 ext4,bluetooth
jbd2 52330 1 ext4
mbcache 12938 1 ext4
usbhid 31554 0
hid 64284 1 usbhid
sg 21476 0
sr_mod 17468 0
sd_mod 35425 3
crc_t10dif 12332 1 sd_mod
cdrom 34813 1 sr_mod
ata_generic 12439 0
ata_piix 25271 2
ahci 24917 0
libahci 18373 1 ahci
libata 125014 4 libahci,ahci,ata_piix,ata_generic
b44 22955 0
thermal 13103 0
thermal_sys 17752 3 thermal,video,processor
uhci_hcd 22337 0
ehci_hcd 35509 0
firewire_ohci 26784 0
usbcore 104555 4 ehci_hcd,uhci_hcd,usbhid
sdhci_pci 13576 0
sdhci 22377 1 sdhci_pci
scsi_mod 135037 4 libata,sd_mod,sr_mod,sg
ssb 43266 2 b44,b43
mmc_core 62021 4 ssb,sdhci,sdhci_pci,b43
mii 12595 1 b44
firewire_core 38753 1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 12331 1 firewire_core
pcmcia 32047 2 ssb,b43
pcmcia_core 17942 3 pcmcia,pcmcia_rsrc,yenta_socket
usb_common 12338 1 usbcore
root@debianDell:~# I know there is another way to insert my lsmod stuff but i dont know how

I searched so much on the web that i am getting wheezy here, just wondering if some of you experts could help me with this , thank you
The kernel is the one that came with the install= 3.2.04

Busby

Last edited by nutronix; 04-13-2014 at 12:25 PM.
 
Old 04-13-2014, 07:42 PM   #2
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The Debian Wiki has an article that might help: https://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx#b43-b43legacy
 
Old 04-14-2014, 02:12 AM   #3
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Have you installed the firmware-brcm80211 package?
Quote:
Description: Binary firmware for Broadcom 802.11 wireless cards
This package contains the binary firmware for wireless network cards with the Broadcom BCM4313,
BCM43224, BCM43225, BCM43241, BCM4329, BCM4330, BCM4334 or BCM4335 chips, supported by the brcmsmac
or brcmfmac driver.
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Old 04-14-2014, 08:20 AM   #4
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Still working on this......

Thanks for the quick responses ; frankbell= i had already done what is suggested on the debian wiki for the 4318 chip.

jdkaye ;according to synaptic and the debian wiki link above,firmware-brcm80211 is for other broadcom43 chips.

debian wiki suggests firmware-b43-installer for the 4318 card which the b43fwcutter package installed in synaptic.

I checked on my xubuntu 12.04 and both firmware-b43-installer and b43fwcutter are installed. No firmware-brcm80211 installed.

A little bit stumped here , If i install firmware-brcm80211 on debian , will it conflict with what i installed previously? thanks again..oh yes , i reinstalled both the gnome network-manager and the b43fwcutter package but to no avail. Network- manager comes up and as soon as i start typing my network's password , it greys out.

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Old 04-14-2014, 12:21 PM   #5
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If the card is still not working and you have both both firmware-b43-installer and b43fwcutter installed then you have nothing to lose by installing firmware-bcrm80211 package. You can always uninstall any or all of those packages if need be.

An alternative approach would be to buy and plug in a wifi dongle (that's what I use). There are loads (I can suggest one) that work with no problems. So if you're fed up ...
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Old 04-14-2014, 12:43 PM   #6
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Thank you jdkaye...

I already installed the brcm firmware , rebooted , no change , so i uninstalled it and i will make a few more experiments and yes i would like you to give the name of the gizmo you got working also.

I will report back later

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Old 04-15-2014, 12:44 AM   #7
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I bought this because my wifi provider (BT) used a system that supports 802.11n which supports a much faster dl/ul rate.
Quote:
SAVFY® New Wireless 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps Mini Nano USB Adapter WiFi LAN Dongle Network (Black) SAVFY® New Wireless 802.11b/g/n 150Mbps Mini Nano USB Adapter WiFi LAN Dongle Network (Black)
I bought it from Amazon. It was recommended to me by someone else (an Australian, if memory serves) on LQ. It works very well indeed. It cost about £6 but it's probably even cheaper now.
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Old 04-15-2014, 06:29 AM   #8
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Smile will check it out

Some time this week i'll have a look around here at staples or online , top of the day to you JDK. The wife is going to cuba for all of next week so i might have the time to even have a look at the ndiswrapper thing or whatever.

Busby
 
Old 04-15-2014, 11:54 PM   #9
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Cuba, eh? Lucky woman. A bit warmer than Mtl in April.
Good luck setting up the wifi. Let us know how you make out.
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:53 AM   #10
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Shame on me....

What happened was a while back I had to change the password in a hurry on my network , I usually put this down in a file , but I omitted the 2 last digits of the password ........so sorry guys...everything works fine now...

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