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Old 01-26-2011, 09:04 PM   #1
tboner06
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Unhappy Wireless not working on m17x


I just recently installed Slackware 64-bit on this machine and am still fairly new. So far I've already got my graphics card working (Mobility HD 5870 Crossfirex) but still can't seem to find any drivers for the wireless card here. It was a joke to trying to get linux help with dell. Its a half mini-card (DW1520)




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Only about 5 minutes after posting this did I find a thread with the same issue. Turns out the solution was nothing more than some bad news... no linux support :-(... YET!!

Last edited by tboner06; 01-26-2011 at 09:20 PM. Reason: Found thread right after with someone dealing with the same thing.
 
Old 01-26-2011, 10:40 PM   #2
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Hi tboner06, Welcome to LQ. Let's see what chip we're dealing with and what the network configuration looks like at this point. Could you please post the output from the following.

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$ /sbin/lspci -v | grep Network
$ /sbin/ifconfig -a
Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 01-27-2011, 09:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. It looked something like this...

Quote:
bash-4.1# /sbin/lspci -v | grep Network
00:19.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82577LC Gigabit Network Connection (rev 06)
06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4353 (rev 01)
bash-4.1# /sbin/ifconfig -a
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:26:b9:ff:25:6a
inet addr:192.168.1.103 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::226:b9ff:feff:256a/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:1447 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1278 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:100
RX bytes:1262589 (1.2 MiB) TX bytes:181646 (177.3 KiB)
Memory:f0e00000-f0e20000

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:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:28 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:1440 (1.4 KiB) TX bytes:1440 (1.4 KiB)
 
Old 01-27-2011, 10:45 PM   #4
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I believe this driver with get your card working.

http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

You may have to blacklist any other modules if they are loaded.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 01-27-2011, 10:47 PM   #5
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On second thought, you may want to use the Slackbuild.

http://slackbuilds.org/repository/13.../broadcom-sta/

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 01-31-2011, 02:01 PM   #6
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Sorry, I've been working all weekend so this has been my first chance to get back to this little project. I've got the Slackbuild broadcom driver and unpacked everything but I am a little unclear as to where to go now. I've browsed through the files and done the readme's and whatever else text file i could find. I downloaded the the source and compiled the directory to what I think is right... i guess at this point it's not as right as I'd hope or I wouldn't be here right now :-)

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Old 01-31-2011, 03:20 PM   #7
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Your best bet is the slack build. It will build a Slackware package for you to install.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 01-31-2011, 04:54 PM   #8
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I finally got everything installed and my connection shows up with "iwconfig" and "dmesg" so at this point I just need to find my home wireless and join! This is one hell of a challenge to start myself on, but damn this is fun! :-)

Thanks for all your help Peacedog, it's nice to have someone point you in the right direction! Much appreciated!
 
Old 01-31-2011, 06:04 PM   #9
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You're welcome, anytime. You may also want to install the wicd package from /extra if you're using a gui. It's a graphical network manager and very useful for desktop/laptop configurations with a gui.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 02-01-2011, 08:48 AM   #10
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Well, so far everythings gone very smoothly. I was unable to get my wireless network at home working so I brought the system to school and was able to connect no problems at all. So now I know it'll just be a battle at the house but other than that, lovin this system now!
 
  


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