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Old 08-02-2021, 09:09 PM   #1
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Broadcom wireless drivers question


I've recently installed Zenwalk on my Thinkpad x140e and I'm trying to understand how to install the Broadcom drivers to get the wifi working. I don't have access to wired internet on the laptop, so I'm attempting to do it manually. I've downloaded the files from the slackbuilds.org site and don't really understand the process of building the package in Slackware. I've downloaded the broadcom-sta tar and the nodebug 64 bit tar, and am just looking for guidance on where to go from here.
 
Old 08-02-2021, 11:14 PM   #2
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Hi welcome to LQ
it is about loading firmware.
if you install zenwalk and did a default to networkmanager.
Then you need to find if your firmware is loading
as root
Code:
 lspci -vnn -d 14e4
then
Code:
 dmesg | grep error.
most likely the firmware is there but the module is pointing to a wrong place.
This is the main reason I stay away from broadcom and companies that use it.
Code:
 dmesg | grep broadcom
see if the firmware is loaded. if this is for wifi
you have to understand it is nothing but a radio device.
The firmware is the the part that makes it work.
and you may need a newer kernel on new stuff and on older zenwalk you may have to compile it.
It is best to have all the info
Quote:
cat /etc/zenwalk-version
 
Old 08-02-2021, 11:32 PM   #3
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Hi welcome to LQ
it is about loading firmware.
if you install zenwalk and did a default to networkmanager.
Then you need to find if your firmware is loading
as root
Code:
 lspci -vnn -d 14e4
then
Code:
 dmesg | grep error.
most likely the firmware is there but the module is pointing to a wrong place.
This is the main reason I stay away from broadcom and companies that use it.
Code:
 dmesg | grep broadcom
see if the firmware is loaded. if this is for wifi
you have to understand it is nothing but a radio device.
The firmware is the the part that makes it work.
and you may need a newer kernel on new stuff and on older zenwalk you may have to compile it.
It is best to have all the info
When I do

Code:
 lspci -vnn -d 14e4
I get

Code:
 lspci: -d ':' expected
when I do

Code:
 dmesg | grep error
I get

Code:
 [    12.324368] ACPI: \_SB_.PCIO.LPC0.EC__.HKEY: BCTG evaluated but flagged as error
and with

Code:
 dmesg | grep broadcom
I get nothing.

Which leaves me to believe that the firmware is not installed and isn't detected. I'm pretty sure you have to manually install it because I've encountered this with other distros aside from Slackware, and have installed it fine. I just don't understand how to install it in relation to the SlackBuild stuff. Like do I need to install SlackBuild in order to install the firmware? Just sort of confused about the installation side of it.
 
  


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