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Old 05-18-2011, 02:26 PM   #1
Kenmccor
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Linux USB Modem Needed


Hello All,

I am new to Linux and using Linux Mint 11 RC after trying Ubuntu, and Fedora. I am not new to computing having owned and written software for Amiga, and owned and built different Windows machines.

I have a E627 Emachine Laptop with an AMD TF-20 processor that runs a Athros Communications AR8132 Fast Ethernet Card rev c0 and the network controller is a Broadcom BGM 4312 802.11 b/g LPPHU rev 01. I have 2 megs of memory and this is the machine that I put the Linux Mint os on.

For days I have been trying to get the wireless to work. I have read everything I could find on the net and know that this machine has a problem with this. I also know that the drivers in Mint don't work even though they are supposed to. I was using Mint 10 which is the stable version and it had the same problem as did Ubuntu which I know is almost the same as Mint and Fedora.

I have decided after many hours that the way to go might be to install one of those thumb drives with a wireless modem built in, but can't find an appropriate Linux one that will work with my setup. Does anyone know if there is such a thing?

Thanks in advance for reading this boring post.
 
Old 05-18-2011, 03:02 PM   #2
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You come here for answers I suppose, but here are a few questions

Mint 11 is not official yet. Have you tried Mint 10? and Mint 10 with latest updates on top?

does ifconfig command show the wifi card?

did you try to configure it using NetworkManager? and does NetworkManager let you do that?

Have you previously succesfully configured wifi on another Linux machine?
 
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:33 PM   #3
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Linux USB Moden Needed

Thanks for replying.

you come here for answers I suppose, but here are a few questions

Mint 11 is not official yet. Have you tried Mint 10? and Mint 10 with latest updates on top?

Yes see original post.

does ifconfig command show the wifi card?

No

did you try to configure it using NetworkManager? and does NetworkManager let you do that?

I tried and no it doesn't.

Have you previously succesfully configured wifi on another Linux machine?

No, my other machine has a cable connection. I did research for days as I said prior and have found that poeple with the same laptop are having the same problem and I tried all different workarounds suggested online by others but nothing seems to work. What surprised me was that some said that with older versions of Ubuntu, those prior to 10, that had success installing the wireless drivers.That is why I was thinking about a wireless card on a thumb drive that is known to work with Ubuntu or Mint current versions.
 
Old 05-19-2011, 07:11 PM   #4
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PROBLEM SOLVED:
Original Post is at end.

I managed to get my wireless modem working and here is how I did it:
I connected to the interenet with a cable.

After reading the logs I found that my driver had been blacklisted. I deleted the boardcom drivers with the package manager. Next I went to the desktop folder and opened the filesystem. Then opened etc/Modprobe.d/blacklist.conf. I opened blacklist.conf as administrator and edited out the line for bcm43xx and saved the file. Before I did that I made a copy of it and saved it. Next I went to the package manager and installed b43-fwcutter. I disconected the cable and restarted the os. I was now online. I hope this helps someone else out there.

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Hello All,

I am new to Linux and using Linux Mint 11 RC after trying Ubuntu, and Fedora. I am not new to computing having owned and written software for Amiga, and owned and built different Windows machines.

I have a E627 Emachine Laptop with an AMD TF-20 processor that runs a Athros Communications AR8132 Fast Ethernet Card rev c0 and the network controller is a Broadcom BGM 4312 802.11 b/g LPPHU rev 01. I have 2 megs of memory and this is the machine that I put the Linux Mint os on.

For days I have been trying to get the wireless to work. I have read everything I could find on the net and know that this machine has a problem with this. I also know that the drivers in Mint don't work even though they are supposed to. I was using Mint 10 which is the stable version and it had the same problem as did Ubuntu which I know is almost the same as Mint and Fedora.

I have decided after many hours that the way to go might be to install one of those thumb drives with a wireless modem built in, but can't find an appropriate Linux one that will work with my setup. Does anyone know if there is such a thing?
 
  


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