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Old 08-15-2017, 08:28 AM   #16
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Examine this page, there is a link to a suggestion that worked to enable that broadcom interface. https://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?t=77272

FYI: Broadcom is a problem. The maker refuses to release adequate information for the OSS community to make drivers, and also refuses to support Linux or BSD based systems. That said: they do not object to OSS teams extracting and wrapping thier drivers to enable the device, but that leaves you with a solution that is not completely free/OSS and difficult to autoinstall. (Not to mention violating the philosophy of most of the strict oss distributions.)

If I may give credit, some of the HP people worked with the Red Hat people to make these things work better under RHEL on HP hardware with Broadcom. It is still a somewhat manual process for getting them to work right under most distributions.

Broadcom is cheap, and inexpensive, but it does seem to be a reliable WIFI interface once you get it working.

Good luck, please let us know what works for you.
 
Old 08-15-2017, 01:02 PM   #17
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Can I use a windows driver for this broadcom 4306 rev 5, if so how do I do it
kind of? There's an ndiswrapper driver the uses the .inf and .sys files / drivers from windows. You shouldn't need to though. The b43 driver and b43-fwcutter to extract firmware should work. You might have to try several firmwares to find one what works best. But it should work. Your dmesg output suggests that it already works.

# ip link set wlan0 up
# iw dev wlan0 scan

or

# ifconfig wlan0 up
# iwlist wlan0 scanning

Should find networks close to you. If that works, then your driver is likely working. Depending on how good the firmware/driver is, it might only work five minutes or two hours before it gets "odd", but if it lists local wifi options, it is working.
 
Old 08-16-2017, 09:47 AM   #18
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All done now got this fro mint forum

sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

it downloaded all that was needed

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