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Old 01-03-2018, 04:14 AM   #1
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Installing wifi drivers for Broadcom card on Netbook, Slackware 14.2


Hi all,

In my continuing quest to get Slack working I attempted to get it up and running on my Samsung N110 netbook. The install was fine but wifi didn't work. I went back to Debian and the wifi worked fine.

Now as I understand it, this is because the Broadcom drivers are included with Debian. I went to Slackdocs to read up on wifi and it seems rather complicated to me as a Slack newbie. However, I came across this which looks quite straightforward for my Broadcom 4313 card:

https://www.slackwiki.com/Broadcom_Wireless

And that I need a wired connection through which to run

Code:
sbopkg -i broadcom-sta
Does sbokpg download and install the package?

I suppose I could always build the package from Slackbuilds.

http://slackbuilds.org/repository/14.../broadcom-sta/

If indeed I can build the package from Slackbuilds, I suppose I could just use a USB drive to transfer the package over rather than having to use a wired connection [the USB method will be easier for me].

After a reboot, it should work, as far as I can tell. The only reason I am posting this, in what seems a potentially straightforward setup, is that making a Slackbuilds package looks easier than following the guide to getting wifi working that I found on Slackdocs [this guide here - https://docs.slackware.com/slackbook:wifi].

Am on the right path here or am I missing anything?

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Old 01-03-2018, 05:07 AM   #2
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You could (after installing b43-fwcutter & b43-firmware from SBo) use the tried and true manual configuring, or you can install wicd and connect to your WiFi, or even easier (easiest I think) is to just # chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.networkmanager and use NetworkManager that should already be in your system tray.

I hope this is what you're looking for.

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Oops, I meant after installing broadcom-sta if that is what you need, not b43's.

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Old 01-03-2018, 06:02 AM   #3
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You could (after installing b43-fwcutter & b43-firmware from SBo) use the tried and true manual configuring, or you can install wicd and connect to your WiFi, or even easier (easiest I think) is to just # chmod +x /etc/rc.d/rc.networkmanager and use NetworkManager that should already be in your system tray.

I hope this is what you're looking for.

#Edit

Oops, I meant after installing broadcom-sta if that is what you need, not b43's.
The chmod sounds the easiest, thank you for that. I take it that since wicd is in the ISO chmod is all I need to do.

And at the risk of derailing my own thread, you may want to update your sig - http://www.zdnet.com/article/linux-t...upercomputers/
 
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Old 01-03-2018, 07:56 AM   #4
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The chmod sounds the easiest, thank you for that. I take it that since wicd is in the ISO chmod is all I need to do.
While wicd is included on the ISO, it is not installed by default. It is in the extra/ directory which users are able to install once they've booted into Slackware.

By default, Slackware uses Network Manager for wireless connections, but provides wicd as an installable alternate.
 
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:22 PM   #5
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Thanks for the help bass, in this instance the fault was my own. I was always selecting DHCP at #netconfig, when I should have selected Network Manager. On a reboot, Slack was able to connect to wireless.
 
  


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