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Old 12-17-2016, 10:46 PM   #1
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Unhappy Linux Mint 18 ethernet connection

Still a newbie for various reasons.
I have tried several linux distributions but have determined to try getting away from Windows. Accordingly I acquired an additional computer (HP Compaq 8000 #Elite) and installed Linux Mint 18 Mate 32bit
I have a seperate windows 7 computer installation with an ethernet connection working fine. Previous versions of Linux I tried connected via the same modem/router automatically, but not LM18. Our local ISP technicians have no experience with Linux but suggested I needed a Broadcom driver.As far as I can work out the HP Compaq 8000 doesn't have a Broadcom controller.
The 'unplugged' icon in the LM18 taskbar shows a red 'X' and the dropdown menu indicates 'disconnected' but is dimmed so I cannot get any action there. So I select 'Editing Wired Connection' which offers ...
DEVICE 00:0F:FE:CE:46:9E or enp0s25 (00:0F:FE:CE:46:9E)
No change
I tried this in a terminal window ...
$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
$ wget
$ tar xf broadcom-wl-
$ cd broadcom-wl-
$ sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/ wl_apsta_mimo.o
$ sudo modprobe b43
$ sudo echo "b43" >> /etc/modules
but that was rejected ... I suppose because I don't have an internet connection for LM18.
Can anybody point me in the right direction ?
Old 12-17-2016, 11:19 PM   #2
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You do not state specifically, but I gather you are referring to a wireless connection.

A web search for "linux mint broadcom wireless" will turn up a number or articles. I did not feel as if I knew enough about your system to pick a single one to recommend.

Just from curiosity, have you tested a wired connection to make sure that it works properly?

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According to the information below the desktop has an Intel 82567LM-3 Gigabit Network adapter. It appears that it uses the e1000e module. Does the output of the lsmod command show it being loaded?
Old 12-18-2016, 02:04 AM   #4
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If you are connecting via ethernet it should be very simple to get connected
Pull up a terminal and type
ip a
You should get a list of your networking devices, you mention "enp0s25" in your post, you should find that here.

It looks like
enp0s25: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:0F:FE:CE:46:9E brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
if you see that, type
ip link set enp0s25 up
It should now look like
enp0s25: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DOWN group default qlen 1000
    link/ether 00:0F:FE:CE:46:9E brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
Now type
dhclient -v enp0s25
This should show you connecting and give you your ip. Go ahead and test with
 ping -c 3
and make sure you don't get a "Network unreachable" message
Old 12-18-2016, 02:41 AM   #5
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**maybe**: modprobe tg3 [?]

Hi! (welcome back: I admire your journey toward Linux!)

I'm afraid this 00:0F:FE *might* be: (can you post Net part of lspci -k;inix -F?)
Broadcom NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express driver: tg3 here?
(from web-digging here and here. I don't know this, so I'll leave it to other LQ'ers)
Google 1,110 hits for: "00:0F:FE" broadcom

Tho not really on-topic, I have a 'personal favorite': run VBox+preinstalled here, just 'FWIW'/fyi.

Best wishes! ENJOY! (&don't let the infamous Broadcom 'proprietary' defeat you!)

Last edited by Jjanel; 12-18-2016 at 04:22 AM.
Old 12-30-2016, 12:02 AM   #6
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Thumbs up Ethernet connection

Thanks for the tips. Unfortunately they did not work.
So ... I have a spare HDD which I installed Linux Mint 32 bit Cinnamon on.
The ethernet connection worked first up. Being curious, I reinsatlled the drive with Linux Mint 18 32 bit Mate.
The ethernet connection worked immediately. I don't know what happened, but it is working.
Thanks again for your contributions
Old 12-30-2016, 08:49 AM   #7
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inxi -N
is Network info.

inxi -Fsz
is a good "starter kit" for sysinfo, IMO

I found and IDK what to make of that,
and michaelk's report. I must need coffee. Anyone else <.../exit>


Last edited by Habitual; 12-30-2016 at 08:52 AM.


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