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Old 11-08-2009, 09:20 AM   #1
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Question Phantomix 4.0.2 on Acer Extensa 5220 - how to install wireless?

Good evening everyone.
I am newb at linuxes so I am begging for Your help:
how to set wireless on this distro?

Name Acer Extensa 5220
Processor Intel Celeron-M 530SR 1.73Ghz
Screen 15.4 WXGA
Optical Drive DVD+-RW
Graphics Intel Graphics Media Accelerator X3100
Network 10/100/1000 Ethernet, Broadcom BCM94311 802.11g Wireless
Other 4 x USB2.0, 1 x Firewire, Webcam
"Phantomix 4.0.2 is a Knoppix based Operating System running on a CD drive without using the hard drive. It is configured to use the Tor and Privoxy software for anonymous internet communication. Using Tor can help you anonymize web browsing and publishing, instant messaging, IRC, SSH, and other applications for your safety and security."
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The first step is to gather more information.

Run "sudo /sbin/lspci -v" and post the section about your wireless device.
Then run "sudo /sbin/lspci -n" and post the results.
Post the results of "uname -r" so we know which kernel version you have.

Most broadcom devices use either the b43 or b43-legacy kernel modules. This kernel module used to be called bcm43 in older kernels. Sometimes if a device is new, you need a newer kernel so that it is detected.
For broadcom wireless devices, you need the b43-fwcutter package to cut out and copy the firmware from a driver written for windows (bcm43-fwcutter on older kernels IIRC).

If you need the b43 firmware, this script may help. It is from SuSE Linux, but I used it for Fedora 11 successfully. At least the url's & README reference should be useful. I added the .txt extension so I could upload it. You might want to rename the file, and make it executable. It needs to be run as root.
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