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Old 04-05-2016, 12:10 PM   #16
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Have you tried (I am assuming you are using Debian) this download: Debian with NonFree Drivers . It may have the drivers included for your broadcom card.

When I dabbled with Debian (I use Mint now, I just like all my stuffs to work out of the box) I used this Wiki on Debian and got off to a good start.

Then when my laptop with broadcom died, I only get ones with Intel wireless...
 
Old 04-05-2016, 12:29 PM   #17
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BW/UserX - No they're not free, I get that. Appreciate the patronizing tone! ;-) But their availability on repositories is no secret... That's the big joke.

Thank you BB2 and Ardvark. If God is in charge, She's been pretty mean to me on this journey. So, with all due respect for any and all belief systems, I'd like to keep Her out of it. And I am SO frustrated that it'll be a while b4 I crack open the Linux machines again, at which time I'll post the terminal output.

Thanks, all, for the willingness to help.

- JW
like the others have said it is a legal thing, so to keep from being sued they have set it up as such the way it is set up to get them installed with out having to worry about getting sued. get it?

This topic is all over the internet and on messages boards as to why. One should just feel lucky that at least they are able to get them so they can be installed, else a lot of people would have to be without WIFI or having to buy new wifi hardware.

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Old 04-05-2016, 05:46 PM   #18
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The driver is BCM43142, 802.11, 14e4:4365 rev 01.
Hi...

I'll need the entire results from the command I gave in my last post. Also, would you also throw in...

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lsmod
Code:
iwconfig
If this is a laptop, please include:

Code:
rfkill list
Thanks!
 
Old 04-05-2016, 06:21 PM   #19
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The card the OP has is supported by the broadcom-sta-dkms package. Obviously, it would require enabling non-free and being online to install, or preparing a USB drive with all the requisite packages on (I actually do this as my machine I had with that card didn't have ethernet at all) to install from. It's a PITA, but I've found it actually works REALLY well with the newer (read - 4.0+) kernel in Debian. It was OK with 3.16 if a bit flaky with losing connections, but was much more reliable with the newer 4.3 & now 4.4 kernels from backports before I put Windows 10 back on to sell that laptop.

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Old 04-05-2016, 07:11 PM   #20
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The card the OP has is supported by the broadcom-sta-dkms package.
Correct, I was just wanting to get as accurate picture as possible as to what might being going on.

@JohnWWiley: Do I have the correct assumption your adapter is not working?

Regards...

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Old 04-05-2016, 07:39 PM   #21
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Try MX-15, based on Debian stable with specific Broadcomm support built in...

http://www.mepiscommunity.org/mx
MX-15 is running very nicely, like a high mileage Avalon (in line with my most optimistic expectations for a 9 yo Gateway). Thank you for the recommendation.

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Old 04-05-2016, 08:22 PM   #22
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like the others have said it is a legal thing, so to keep from being sued they have set it up as such the way it is set up to get them installed with out having to worry about getting sued. get it?

This topic is all over the internet and on messages boards as to why. One should just feel lucky that at least they are able to get them so they can be installed, else a lot of people would have to be without WIFI or having to buy new wifi hardware.
I'll appreciate it if you don't "get-it" or "got-it" me again, please. I understand the legal and licensing situation quite well. But perhaps I'm being too nuanced for you. My discomfiture is with the hypocrisy of an obvious end-run around the issue(s) and the entrenched mentalities involved, not to mention the higher philosophical discussion around intellectual property to begin with, and whether "laws" should even be a thread in the cloth. Get it?

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Old 04-06-2016, 11:46 AM   #23
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This is off-topic, but still germane. If the moderators here do any moderating, please move it as you see appropriate.

To anyone: If I met you at a seminar or symposium or conference, or in a class, for the first time, there's a certain respectful tome I would strike. While (and since) certain cues simply don't come to the screen, if you wouldn't use the words in person, I'd humbly submit you shouldn't type them. "Keyboard warriors.. ".
 
  


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