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Old 03-17-2013, 05:54 AM   #1
krip0tx
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WLAN Card not working.


Hello.

I just installed SlackWare 14 on an (old) Acer Aspire 5101AWLMi. The laptop also has a Windows XP installation that works perfectly.

After installing Wicd I was still unable to make a wireless connection.

In Netconfig I used:
Hostname: slackbox
Domain: slackwareworld.com
IP: DHCP

Running ifconfig does NOT show the wlan adapter, when adding the -a parameter it does show. The adapter shows up in iwconfig.

iwconfig wlan0 power > Current mode: on
iwconfig wlan0 scan > Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down.

When I try to start the adapter:
ifconfig wlan0 up > SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory.


In Wicd I have a "Switch Off Wi-Fi" button. This button does actually toggle the WiFi LED on the front of my laptop.


Name in lspci:
Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g]

All the information I found on the Wireless network card (in windows):
Name: Broadcom 802.11g Network Adapter - Packer Scheduler Miniport
Provider: Broadcom


From reading other thread/sites I assume I'm missing a (partial) firmware/driver for the device but I have no idea where or what to download/install.

Thanks

Last edited by krip0tx; 03-17-2013 at 10:28 AM. Reason: typo
 
Old 03-17-2013, 06:22 AM   #2
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That card is supported by the b43 driver. See this link -->http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

You will need to install b43-fwcutter. It is available from SlackBuilds.org. The description on the above link is written for fedora and suse. It will give you a good idea on how to get the firmware installed, and make sure the drive is loaded.

You should be able to get the adapter configured with WICD.
 
Old 03-17-2013, 10:28 AM   #3
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Hey thanks for the info.
I ended up installing b43-fwcutter and b43-firmware through SBo Packages.

Thanks a ton!
 
Old 03-17-2013, 12:08 PM   #4
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