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Hello everyone, linux mint user here switching over to slack. So first I installed slack 13.37 and went through various tutorials in an attempt to get wifi working with no luck. As I was searching slackware 14 was released and I figured that the driver I need may be included in the updated linux kernal, no luck again.
I've tried googling but can't seem to find any information on getting this to work on version 14. Can I just use the slackbuilds for 13.37 or would that be incompatible? Thanks in advance.
Funny you should ask, I did this on a fresh install of 14.0 on my Dell Inspiron 1545 just this morning. My wireless card is BCM4312.
I originally had trouble with the 13.37 package, but this morning it worked fine with the slackbuild for 14.0. I didn't need the fwcutter or b43, broadcom-sta was the only package I needed. Check these pages here:
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Make sure you use the broadcom-sta slackbuild for 14.0 and include the following lines in your /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf:
Thanks for the quick replies guys, im at work atm so I cannot run lspci but im sure im using a BCM4315. Also I was able to run slackbuilds and attempted to modprobe wl but I keep getting a message with something along the lines of "unable to insert wl". Maybe after I blacklist other modules it will work?
To manage your network connection you can either do it the manual way with editing rc.inet1, or you can use GUI tools like wicd (has also a text based client) or the NetworkManager (can be configured using the commandline or the NetworkManager applet). NetworkManager is installed by default.
sorry to be a pain but can someone post some troubleshooting tips? I reinstalled the software from slackbuilds and logged in as root this time rather then using su just to be sure things went as they should. I also made sure I followed the instructions found here http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.../broadcom-sta/ regarding blacklisting. Sorry for being a newb but the only other information I have is that iwconfig shows the following : lo no wireless extensions
eth0 no wireless extensions
also as i said before when I try to modprobe wl I get the following message "could not insert 'wl': Exec format error" and lastly im using the bcm4312 chipset