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Old 01-21-2008, 09:49 AM   #31
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Thanks dyasny

I'm still surprised that the bcm43xx-fwcutter worked, but your system is the proof it did.
 
Old 01-21-2008, 04:32 PM   #32
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btw, on ubuntu 7.10 my system used the same cutter and .o file. (you can see the installation script running when you enable the bcom adapter from the restricted hardware menu)
 
Old 01-24-2008, 01:19 AM   #33
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Oh thank God it finally works!

Hello bbfuller,

I've just now got around to following your instructions. When I was first checking md5sums I missed the fact that b43-fwcutter would work with both wl_apsta_mimo.o and wl_apsta.o. Well wl_apsta.o worked like a charm. Much thanks to you and everyone who contributed to this thread.
 
Old 01-24-2008, 07:09 PM   #34
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Well I am still dead in the water. I downloaded fwcutter version 010 and tried to yum install it but it said there was nothing to do. When I check the version it says version 008. So I'm lost there.

In my Hardware tab I have "Broadcom BCM4306 802.11 b/g wireless lan controller" and the "B43" driver. Both with a "system" status.

I have successfully cut both al_apsta and al_apsta_mimo neither made a change. Both were version 4.80.53.0.

So what is the next step for me? I am lost
 
Old 01-25-2008, 03:33 AM   #35
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Hello betterthanyou

From your earlier post where you had the out from the command:

Code:
iwconfig
you should have been nearly good to go. Do you still get that sort of output and what does the output of the command:

Code:
iwlist wlan0 scan
show. That should give us a fairly good idea of the status of your wireless card.

Don't worry about what you see in the hardware tab, my 4318 has a similar display with nothing on the "devices" tab.

Where you find the pieces to control the card depends on whether you installed from the DVD or live cd and if you are running KDE or Gnome as your desktop. They all leave the machine in slightly different conditions as regards wireless and networking.

Let us know what you find/have and we'll try and go further.
 
Old 01-26-2008, 01:49 PM   #36
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iwconfig output

Code:
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wmaster0  no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11g  ESSID:"linksys"  
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: 00:13:10:95:45:A9   
          Tx-Power=27 dBm   
          Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B   
          Encryption key:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0

virbr0    no wireless extensions.
output from iwlist is sucessful

Code:
Cell 01 - Address: 00:06:25:9A:57:58
                    ESSID:"dev"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:6
                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                    Quality=56/100  Signal level=-72 dBm  Noise level=-64 dBm
                    Encryption key:on
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=0000023d257cdbe4
          Cell 02 - Address: 00:13:10:95:45:A9
                    ESSID:"linksys"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:6
                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                    Quality=53/100  Signal level=-75 dBm  Noise level=-64 dBm
                    Encryption key:off
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                              12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=0000030e019088d2
          Cell 03 - Address: 00:18:F8:59:73:A3
                    ESSID:"Moore"
                    Mode:Master
                    Channel:11
                    Frequency:2.462 GHz (Channel 11)
                    Quality=86/100  Signal level=-45 dBm  Noise level=-64 dBm
                    Encryption key:on
                    IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                        Group Cipher : CCMP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : CCMP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s; 6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s
                              12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                    Extra:tsf=000000ec6ac1314c
Ok so I am getting results but network manager is uncucessful in connecting or activating the device

When I activate the device I get the following
Code:
Error for wireless request "Set Bit Rate" (8B20) :
    SET failed on device wlan0 ; Invalid argument.

Determining IP information for wlan0... failed.
So it seems I am close but need some more tweeking
 
Old 01-26-2008, 02:31 PM   #37
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Sucess!!! It works

It seems I was getting hung up on the status of the wireless device in the hardware tab of the network manager. But I guess "system" is the way it should be. So once the firmware was cut (I just did all of them) it seems to be working fine.

The mistake I was making was trying to activate the device before I used the network manager applet to choose a wireless network. But once Iran the last 2 commands in my previous post it was obvious the wireless card was detecting the networks in my area. It was finding all the same connections as my brothers Win Vista computer. So all is good now, thanks very much for everyones help. My Linux laptop now has all devices up and running. It feels good to be free from Windows LOL.
 
  


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