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Old 09-09-2015, 06:28 PM   #16
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It's broadcom, you'll have issues in pretty much all distros.

That dmesg output suggests that your wireless is good. iwconfig should show a wlan# interface. Or ifconfig -a, ip link show, and a number of other tools to show your NIC names. Various ways to automate that modprobe with changes to /etc/modules and /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf or more custom options.

I like debian, no matter what distro I try I pretty much always end up back on debian. Just bear in mind that debian does not install everything by default, so you have got some manual post steps in most cases. Wireless can be tricky, so I keep an ethernet bridge option at hand. Which can be a stand alone router with ddwrt in bridge mode, or another laptop that I bridge through. Debian has a neat way of doing installs with debootstrap which lets you do a fresh install in a chroot. A very minimal install by default, but a nice option to create USB bootable options without much fuss.

# apt-get install network-manager
# nmtui
(terminal user interface, or use some other gui option for that tool)

# apt-get install wpasupplicant
# wpa_passphrase ESSID PASSPHRASE > wpa.conf
# wpa_supplicant -Dnl80211,wext -iwlan0 -cwpa.conf &
# dhclient -4 -v wlan0
(to stay low level and CLI only)

Lots of options and such.
 
Old 09-14-2015, 10:07 AM   #17
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Yes, Shadow_7, I realized that as I looked around. It seemed at first that it was my eMachines E732Z laptop that was the problem and as you pointed out, I would have the same problem with any other distro. However, as I was looking around
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Download Linux
where I failed to download any of the Debian iso from Windows 7. I used 'right click' on the link and 'Save as ...' The download started and then I had a "Failed: prohibited error"

I came across a long list of Debian distros and realized that the one I had originally used was a minimal "netinstal" distro. This made me think that you were right all along and the my WiFi problem was due to missing software. Althought this page warns about using http-ftp for downloading iso image, I did so quite successfully on Firefox https://www.debian.org/CD/http-ftp/ . I checked that the download was complete with MD5 and burnt the image to a CD.

The only hiccup was being asked to insert usb or CD with brcm/bcm 43xx-0.fw I had to abort and boot back into Windows 7 to find
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firmware-brcm80211_0.43_all.deb
. I thought I was going to retain my dual-boot through Grub - alas, NO. Now, I have a massively impressive array of applications on a KDE desktop environment. So, solved one problem, only to find another.

Thank you, Shadow_7 and Cynwulf and Ardvark71 for your time and thinking about my missing wireless drivers.
 
Old 09-14-2015, 03:20 PM   #18
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The only hiccup was being asked to insert usb or CD with brcm/bcm 43xx-0.fw I had to abort and boot back into Windows 7 to find
Code:
firmware-brcm80211_0.43_all.deb
. I thought I was going to retain my dual-boot through Grub - alas, NO. Now, I have a massively impressive array of applications on a KDE desktop environment. So, solved one problem, only to find another.

Thank you, Shadow_7 and Cynwulf and Ardvark71 for your time and thinking about my missing wireless drivers.
Hi....

You're welcome, glad to have been able to help.

So, if I'm understanding correctly, you accidentally deleted Windows 7?

Regards...
 
Old 09-15-2015, 04:19 AM   #19
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Yes, ardvark71. However, there was such a burden of data and apps on there which I never used. I kept it for a couple of apps (You Need A Budget and Evernote) which don't offer a Linux version. I have decided to purchase another laptop with Windows 7 installed and a hefty hard drive. My plan is to study up Networking and link my various devices in a lan. I will try to strip out all the bloatware in Windows and maximise the HD space for storage. I suppose I am thinking that it will be a server really.

Should I start a new thread? When I have thought more through the idea :-)
 
Old 09-15-2015, 03:47 PM   #20
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Should I start a new thread?
Hi...

If I understand correctly, if it involves Linux, then yes, you should start a new thread. If it only involves Windows 7, then this forum would not be place to ask these questions.

Speaking of Windows 7, just to give you a heads up, please read the article here. If this concerns you, you can simply prevent these updates from being installed.

Regards...

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