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Old 06-08-2011, 09:49 AM   #1
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BM4321 wireless chip won't load on boot in Mint


Hello all,
I have a Realtek WN511b wireless card with a BM4321 chip.
It runs on the wl driver but when I boot the system the card won't install.
With help (I am noob) we have figured out that the ssb and the b43 drivers are installing even though I have them blacklisted. I have seen similar problems described elsewhere but no real fixes.
I can boot the system (Dell d630) then pop the card out and re-insert, enter password and it connects no problem.
It would be nice if it simply installed on boot.
Wondering if anyone had a solution?

Thanks, in advance.
 
Old 06-08-2011, 09:12 PM   #2
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Hi thousandwatts, Welcome to LQ. Please post the result from the following.

Code:
$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
$ cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 06-08-2011, 11:05 PM   #3
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Hello Peacedog, thanks for the welcome. Here's the output(s):

hwatttx@newlaptop ~ $ cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
cat: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist: No such file or directory
hwatttx@newlaptop ~ $ cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
# This file lists those modules which we don't want to be loaded by
# alias expansion, usually so some other driver will be loaded for the
# device instead.

# evbug is a debug tool that should be loaded explicitly
blacklist evbug

# these drivers are very simple, the HID drivers are usually preferred
blacklist usbmouse
blacklist usbkbd

# replaced by e100
blacklist eepro100

# replaced by tulip
blacklist de4x5

# causes no end of confusion by creating unexpected network interfaces
blacklist eth1394

# snd_intel8x0m can interfere with snd_intel8x0, doesn't seem to support much
# hardware on its own (Ubuntu bug #2011, #6810)
blacklist snd_intel8x0m

# Conflicts with dvb driver (which is better for handling this device)
blacklist snd_aw2

# causes failure to suspend on HP compaq nc6000 (Ubuntu: #10306)
blacklist i2c_i801

# replaced by p54pci
blacklist prism54

# replaced by b43 and ssb.
blacklist bcm43xx

# most apps now use garmin usb driver directly (Ubuntu: #114565)
blacklist garmin_gps

# replaced by asus-laptop (Ubuntu: #184721)
blacklist asus_acpi

# low-quality, just noise when being used for sound playback, causes
# hangs at desktop session start (Ubuntu: #246969)
blacklist snd_pcsp

# ugly and loud noise, getting on everyone's nerves; this should be done by a
# nice pulseaudio bing (Ubuntu: #77010)
blacklist pcspkr

# EDAC driver for amd76x clashes with the agp driver preventing the aperture
# from being initialised (Ubuntu: #297750). Blacklist so that the driver
# continues to build and is installable for the few cases whb43-pci-bridgeere its
# really needed.
blacklist amd76x_edac

blacklist iwl3945

blacklist b43

blacklist ssb

blacklist b43-pci-bridge

blacklist ssb


Thanks-
 
Old 06-09-2011, 08:06 PM   #4
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Please also post the output from the following immediately after boot with the card plugged in.

Code:
$ sudo lsmod
Don't unplug/replug the card, just boot up with the card plugged in.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 06-09-2011, 11:22 PM   #5
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hwatttx@newlaptop ~ $ sudo lsmod
[sudo] password for hwatttx:
Module Size Used by
cryptd 19801 0
aes_i586 16956 1
aes_generic 38023 1 aes_i586
nls_utf8 12493 1
udf 83795 1
lib80211_crypt_tkip 17203 0
wl 2642531 0
lib80211 14570 2 lib80211_crypt_tkip,wl
binfmt_misc 13213 1
vboxnetadp 13323 0
vboxnetflt 27855 0
vboxdrv 219250 2 vboxnetadp,vboxnetflt
parport_pc 32111 0
ppdev 12849 0
dm_crypt 22463 0
rfcomm 38125 8
arc4 12473 2
iwl3945 130113 0
snd_hda_codec_idt 60537 1
iwlcore 148965 1 iwl3945
snd_hda_intel 24140 2
snd_hda_codec 90901 2 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13274 1 snd_hda_codec
joydev 17322 0
sco 17779 2
bnep 17785 2
snd_pcm 80244 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
l2cap 48656 16 rfcomm,bnep
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
snd_rawmidi 25269 1 snd_seq_midi
pcmcia 39671 0
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
btusb 18160 2
snd_seq 51291 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
bluetooth 65565 9 rfcomm,sco,bnep,l2cap,btusb
snd_timer 28659 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
mac80211 257001 2 iwl3945,iwlcore
dell_wmi 12601 0
dell_laptop 13515 0
snd_seq_device 14110 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
sparse_keymap 13666 1 dell_wmi
yenta_socket 27230 0
dcdbas 14054 1 dell_laptop
pcmcia_rsrc 18292 1 yenta_socket
snd 55295 13 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_se q_device
pcmcia_core 21505 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
cfg80211 156212 3 iwl3945,iwlcore,mac80211
psmouse 73312 0
soundcore 12600 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 14073 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
serio_raw 12990 0
lp 13349 0
parport 36746 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
dm_raid45 88410 0
xor 21860 1 dm_raid45
btrfs 527341 0
zlib_deflate 26594 1 btrfs
libcrc32c 12543 1 btrfs
i915 450944 3
drm_kms_helper 40745 1 i915
firewire_ohci 31504 0
drm 180037 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
tg3 131476 0
firewire_core 56138 1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 12627 2 udf,firewire_core
i2c_algo_bit 13184 1 i915
video 18951 1 i915

I blacklisted the Intel on board wireless after I copied this.
 
Old 06-10-2011, 07:03 PM   #6
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Are you still having the same problem now that the Intel is blacklisted? I don't see the ssb or b43 modules loaded so the blacklist is configured properly and working.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 06-10-2011, 11:05 PM   #7
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Yeah, it still only loads the card when I pull and re-insert.

I was told that to fix it beyond where it is would require more effort oneach boot than it was worth. A little "over my head" since these obvious blacklist fixes aren't working.
 
Old 06-10-2011, 11:10 PM   #8
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Yeah, it still requires re-inserting the card to get it to connect each time. I was looking for a setting that might allow the system to find the card on boot, I guess if I want that, it will have to be the Intel at 54mbps.

Great- now I am double posting- sorry!
 
Old 06-11-2011, 06:39 AM   #9
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What does dmesg say about the device at boot time? Are there any clues at /var/log/messages?

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 06-11-2011, 09:25 AM   #10
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Okay, my noob is really showing-

still figuring our the /var/log/messages one- here's the dmesg (I think)

25.123081] <30>udev[378]: starting version 167
[ 25.131625] lp: driver loaded but no devices found
[ 25.147520] Adding 3133436k swap on /dev/sda6. Priority:-1 extents:1 across:3133436k
[ 25.315396] EXT4-fs (sda5): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro
[ 25.408777] yenta_cardbus 0000:03:01.0: CardBus bridge found [1028:01f9]
[ 25.408804] yenta_cardbus 0000:03:01.0: O2: enabling read prefetch/write burst. If you experience problems or performance issues, use the yenta_socket parameter 'o2_speedup=off'
[ 25.541169] yenta_cardbus 0000:03:01.0: ISA IRQ mask 0x0cb8, PCI irq 19
[ 25.541173] yenta_cardbus 0000:03:01.0: Socket status: 30000820
[ 25.541178] pci_bus 0000:03: Raising subordinate bus# of parent bus (#03) from #04 to #07
[ 25.541188] yenta_cardbus 0000:03:01.0: pcmcia: parent PCI bridge window: [io 0x5000-0x5fff]
[ 25.541192] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: IO port probe 0x5000-0x5fff: excluding 0x5000-0x50ff 0x5400-0x54ff
[ 25.634556] yenta_cardbus 0000:03:01.0: pcmcia: parent PCI bridge window: [mem 0xf6a00000-0xf6afffff]
[ 25.634561] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: memory probe 0xf6a00000-0xf6afffff: excluding 0xf6a00000-0xf6a0ffff 0xf6af0000-0xf6afffff
[ 25.634578] yenta_cardbus 0000:03:01.0: pcmcia: parent PCI bridge window: [mem 0xc0000000-0xc3ffffff pref]
[ 25.634581] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: memory probe 0xc0000000-0xc3ffffff: excluding 0xc0000000-0xc3ffffff
[ 25.812059] dcdbas dcdbas: Dell Systems Management Base Driver (version 5.6.0-3.2)
[ 25.890378] input: Dell WMI hotkeys as /devices/virtual/input/input5
[ 25.920194] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: IO port probe 0x100-0x3af: excluding 0x170-0x177 0x1f0-0x1f7 0x370-0x377
[ 25.925834] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: IO port probe 0x3e0-0x4ff: excluding 0x3f0-0x3ff 0x4d0-0x4d7
[ 25.927684] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: IO port probe 0x820-0x8ff: clean.
[ 25.928648] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: IO port probe 0xc00-0xcf7: excluding 0xc80-0xcbf
[ 25.929285] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: memory probe 0x0c0000-0x0fffff: excluding 0xc0000-0xcffff 0xe0000-0xfffff
[ 25.929353] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: memory probe 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff: excluding 0xa0000000-0xa0ffffff
[ 25.929420] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: memory probe 0x60000000-0x60ffffff: excluding 0x60000000-0x60ffffff
[ 25.929490] pcmcia_socket pcmcia_socket0: cs: IO port probe 0xa00-0xaff: clean.
[ 25.932269] Bluetooth: Core ver 2.15
[ 25.932297] NET: Registered protocol family 31
[ 25.932299] Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized
[ 25.932302] Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized
[ 25.936815] Bluetooth: Generic Bluetooth USB driver ver 0.6
[ 25.937922] usbcore: registered new interface driver btusb
[ 25.948142] input: DualPoint Stick as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input6
[ 25.968646] input: AlpsPS/2 ALPS DualPoint TouchPad as /devices/platform/i8042/serio1/input/input7
[ 25.986737] composite sync not supported
[ 25.987125] HDA Intel 0000:00:1b.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
[ 25.987202] HDA Intel 0000:00:1b.0: irq 44 for MSI/MSI-X
[ 25.987236] HDA Intel 0000:00:1b.0: setting latency timer to 64

Thanks-

Last edited by thousandwatts; 06-11-2011 at 09:36 AM.
 
Old 06-12-2011, 07:31 AM   #11
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Code:
# cat /var/log/messages
Should print it to the screen of your terminal.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 06-12-2011, 08:56 AM   #12
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Hmmm- I tried it with and without the # sign...


hwatttx@newlaptop ~ $ # cat /var/log/messages
hwatttx@newlaptop ~ $ # cat /var/log/messages
hwatttx@newlaptop ~ $ cat /var/log/messages
cat: /var/log/messages: No such file or directory
hwatttx@newlaptop ~ $
 
Old 06-12-2011, 05:01 PM   #13
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Sorry, the $ sign signifies you are logged in as a normal user and the # sign signifies you are logged in as root or su and is not part of the command. Mint is Debian based so try sudo.

Code:
$ sudo cat /var/log/messages
Don't type the $, remember that just tells you you're not root or su.

Good luck. ;-)
 
Old 06-12-2011, 05:12 PM   #14
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Thanks- that makes sense.
It still doesn't like the command under user or root.
$ sudo cat /var/log/messages
[sudo] password for hwatttx:
cat: /var/log/messages: No such file or directory


newlaptop hwatttx # sudo cat /var/log/messages
cat: /var/log/messages: No such file or directory

Thanks again-
 
Old 06-12-2011, 07:50 PM   #15
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Sorry, I didn't realize the Ubuntu developers decided to do away with /var/log/messages. Try this instead:

Code:
$ sudo cat /var/log/syslog

Good luck. ;-)
 
  


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