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Old 07-09-2019, 09:59 AM   #1
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Unhappy broadcom-sta wl drivers installed and all conflicting drivers blacklisted yet iwconfig returns nothing but "lo no wireless extensions"


I have a broadcom bcm4311 wireless card and I've been having rather poor internet speeds using the b43 wireless drivers to the point where I can't even do an internet speed test because I can't establish a good enough connection to the speedtest website. (I have tried multiple).

I installed the wl drivers by following the sbo method outlined here: https://www.slackwiki.com/Broadcom_W...#Prerequisites

but when I do iwconfig, it just returns:
Code:
lo        no wireless extensions
And when I do
Code:
lsmod | grep wl
it returns:
Code:
wl            6201019  0
cfg80211            464211  1 wl
did I miss something?
 
Old 07-09-2019, 10:25 AM   #2
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Not even one week ago you had several posts open for this exact same issue.
Now you start a new one. What have you learnt in the meantime from the responses to your old posts? Was it really needed to start a new one instead of continue with the previous one?

Tip number one: share details.
Tip number two: tell us what steps advised to you you did or did not follow this time.
 
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Old 07-09-2019, 01:36 PM   #3
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Not even one week ago you had several posts open for this exact same issue.
Now you start a new one. What have you learnt in the meantime from the responses to your old posts? Was it really needed to start a new one instead of continue with the previous one?

Tip number one: share details.
Tip number two: tell us what steps advised to you you did or did not follow this time.
Sorry, I thought because I marked it as solved that I wasn't meant to continue it. The solution was to not use the wl drivers but instead to use the b43 drivers that were already included in the kernel. I thought I'd be nagging if I asked in the same thread how to use the wl drivers as I didn't want to give the impression I was ignoring the solution of the b43 drivers.

Just thought that thread was for how to get internet working and that asking a more specific question relating to getting the internet working with the wl drivers might be more specific and a better question to ask as the initial one was more vague.

Only reason I'm asking again is because last time I tried the manual method of installing the wl drivers so I figured there was more room for human error such as not getting the firmware for it, as opposed to how I did it this time with Sbo, which I would have assumed would have the fwcutter included and run in the install script.

Apologies, I didn't mean to spam.

Last edited by 700; 07-12-2019 at 05:27 PM.
 
Old 07-09-2019, 02:06 PM   #4
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So again, if you do not share details, like the exact commandlines and verbatim command / error output, we are not getting any further.

Did you install broadcom-sta? If so, through what means/commandlines?
After installing broadcom-sta, what is the relevant output of "lspci -v" that pertains to your wireless card?
Did you run "modprobe wl" prior to running "iwconfig"?
Does "ifconfig -a" show the wireless interface?
Did you check the output of the "dmesg" command for relevant errors?

All of this as user 'root' of course.
 
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Old 07-11-2019, 05:27 PM   #5
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I'm pretty sure this thread work for me: https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ux-4175434970/
 
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Old 07-12-2019, 06:42 PM   #6
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So again, if you do not share details, like the exact commandlines and verbatim command / error output, we are not getting any further.

Did you install broadcom-sta? If so, through what means/commandlines?
After installing broadcom-sta, what is the relevant output of "lspci -v" that pertains to your wireless card?
Did you run "modprobe wl" prior to running "iwconfig"?
Does "ifconfig -a" show the wireless interface?
Did you check the output of the "dmesg" command for relevant errors?

All of this as user 'root' of course.
I installed broadcom-sta by using sbo package manager:
Code:
sbopkg -i broadcom-sta
encountered no errors while doing so and it said it successfully installed.
I then blacklisted the ssb, b43 and bcma drivers to avoid any conflicts. I can confirm that they were successfully blacklisted as doing
Code:
lsmod | grep <driver>
returned nothing for all 3.

The output of lspci -v is:
Quote:
02:0e.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-BO 100Base-TX (rev 02)
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 10, NUMA node 0
Memory at f4108000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Kernel modules: b44

10:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company BCM4311 802.11b/g Wireless LAN controller
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17, NUMA node 0
Memory at f4000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: [58] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64-bit-
Capabilities: [d0] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel
Kernel modules: ssb, wl
I did run modprobe wl before doing iwconfig.

running ifconfig -a only displays the loopback it seems. No eth0 or wlan0.

running dmesg, relevant errors were:
Quote:
wl: module license 'MIXED/Proprietary' taints kernel.
Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
malloc in abgrphy done
wl driver 6.30.223.271 (r587334) failed with code 21
ERROR @wl_cfg80211_detach : NULL ndev->ieee80211ptr, unable to deref wl
ps: thanks for the advice, I can actually see how much useful info I was omitting in my initial question.

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Old 07-13-2019, 06:20 AM   #7
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In this post of mine in an earlier thread of yours, https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ml#post6010902 I answered you that the ssb and b44 drivers should not be blacklisted if you have a wired network interface that needs these drivers. This is the reason why you do not see your wired interface when you run "ifconfig -a".

I just built broadcom-sta on my slackware64-current computer and installed it, then ran "modprobe wl". The driver loads without errors. I do not have broadcom hardware so the driver does nothing, but it is actually there:
Code:
# modinfo wl
filename:       /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/extra/wl.ko
license:        MIXED/Proprietary
alias:          pci:v*d*sv*sd*bc02sc80i*
depends:        
retpoline:      Y
name:           wl
vermagic:       4.19.58 SMP mod_unload 
parm:           passivemode:int
parm:           wl_txq_thresh:int
parm:           oneonly:int
parm:           piomode:int
parm:           instance_base:int
parm:           nompc:int
parm:           intf_name:string
# modprobe -n --show-depends wl
insmod /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/net/rfkill/rfkill.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/extra/wl.ko 
# modprobe wl
# dmesg |tail -2
[  624.391487] wl: module license 'MIXED/Proprietary' taints kernel.
[  624.391488] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
# lsmod  |grep wl
wl                   6463488  0
iwlmvm                294912  0
mac80211              819200  1 iwlmvm
iwlwifi               241664  1 iwlmvm
cfg80211              749568  4 wl,iwlmvm,iwlwifi,mac80211
 
Old 07-13-2019, 07:41 AM   #8
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In this post of mine in an earlier thread of yours, https://www.linuxquestions.org/quest...ml#post6010902 I answered you that the ssb and b44 drivers should not be blacklisted if you have a wired network interface that needs these drivers. This is the reason why you do not see your wired interface when you run "ifconfig -a".

I just built broadcom-sta on my slackware64-current computer and installed it, then ran "modprobe wl". The driver loads without errors. I do not have broadcom hardware so the driver does nothing, but it is actually there:
Code:
# modinfo wl
filename:       /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/extra/wl.ko
license:        MIXED/Proprietary
alias:          pci:v*d*sv*sd*bc02sc80i*
depends:        
retpoline:      Y
name:           wl
vermagic:       4.19.58 SMP mod_unload 
parm:           passivemode:int
parm:           wl_txq_thresh:int
parm:           oneonly:int
parm:           piomode:int
parm:           instance_base:int
parm:           nompc:int
parm:           intf_name:string
# modprobe -n --show-depends wl
insmod /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/net/rfkill/rfkill.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/net/wireless/cfg80211.ko 
insmod /lib/modules/4.19.58/kernel/extra/wl.ko 
# modprobe wl
# dmesg |tail -2
[  624.391487] wl: module license 'MIXED/Proprietary' taints kernel.
[  624.391488] Disabling lock debugging due to kernel taint
# lsmod  |grep wl
wl                   6463488  0
iwlmvm                294912  0
mac80211              819200  1 iwlmvm
iwlwifi               241664  1 iwlmvm
cfg80211              749568  4 wl,iwlmvm,iwlwifi,mac80211
Doing all of the commands you did, after I deleted the blacklist file, gave me the same results up to when I did
dmesg |tail -2
That just told me
Quote:
leds_ss4200: no LED devices found
NET: Registered protocol family 10
Also nothing but lo still shows up in ifconfig -a even after I deleted /etc/modprobe.d/b43-blacklist.conf. did I forget something?

Edit: wait, I just removed the b43, bcma and ssb modules and reloaded them again and wlan0's showing up in ifconfig -a now.

Though it's not listing eth0.

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