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AlucardRomero
Titel: Yet Another BCM43XX Wireless Issue  BeitragVerfasst am: 22.09.2006, 07:32 Uhr



Anmeldung: 22. Sep 2006
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I thought I was the only one with a wireless issue regarding the BCM43XX chipsets. I am dead wrong. I was in the #Kanotix chat room, and they guys there helped me out wonderfully on my widescreen, and sound issues. The only issue I'm having now is with my wireless network card.

Here's what I've done so far...

Code:
alucardromero@AlucardLaptop:~$ ndiswrapper -l
Installed drivers:
bcmwl5          driver installed, hardware present
fwlan           driver installed


I can't get rid of "fwlan", I have no idea why. Now, since it says "Hardware Present" I do this...

Code:
alucardromero@AlucardLaptop:~$ iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

eth1      IEEE 802.11b/g  ESSID:"AlucardRomero"  Nickname:"Broadcom 4318"
          Mode:Managed  Frequency=2.462 GHz  Access Point: Invalid
          Bit Rate=11 Mb/s   Tx-Power=18 dBm
          RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0


Even though it says all of my network info, I can't access any network resources or the internet. I have the right driver according ndiswrapper, and I'm not far from the router (it sits behind the laptop at a questioning "11Mb/sec". The little green light on the front of the laptop lights up, but no cigar. I'm totally stumbled and confused, is there something I did wrong? I don't mind the 11Mb/sec since my internet only comes in at 384Kb/sec, so that I'm not particularly concerned with that.

Now, I must mention that I got it working ONCE. I had to reboot because of 915resolution and all that good stuff. All I'm aiming for is that the wireless card just works. If anybody needs any more info please, let me know.

Also, I just want to sincerely thank the guys that helped me out in the chat room, you guys are marvelous and deserve spicy hot women with wings (no pun intended... Auf den Arm nehmen)

Any help on this issue is greatly appreciated.

- Alucard Romero
 
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spiralnebelverdreher
Titel: RE: Yet Another BCM43XX Wireless Issue  BeitragVerfasst am: 22.09.2006, 09:26 Uhr



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Could you please post your /etc/network/interfaces and what's the result of "ifup eth1" ?

I've written down my experience with an BCM4306 here: http://kanotix.org/index.php?module=pnW ... dcom1450en

Good luck!

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slh
Titel: RE: Yet Another BCM43XX Wireless Issue  BeitragVerfasst am: 22.09.2006, 11:32 Uhr



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bcm43xx works rather well natively (without ndiswrapper) with kernel 2.6.18 (see kernel downloads) and works with 2.6.17 currently shiped on recent release candidates, all you need to do is installing bcm43xx-fwcutter and supply the needed formware from your windows drivers as we can't legally distribute it.
 
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zulu9
Titel: RE: Yet Another BCM43XX Wireless Issue  BeitragVerfasst am: 22.09.2006, 14:54 Uhr



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I can confirm that. Works well natively with 2.6.17.13-kanotix-2.
Please note that you currently can't use netcardconfig to set up wpa (see FAQ).

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AlucardRomero
Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 22.09.2006, 23:41 Uhr



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Kernel/Distro info...

Code:
root@AlucardLaptop:/home/alucardromero# uname -a
Linux AlucardLaptop 2.6.17.13-kanotix-2 #1 SMP PREEMPT Tue Sep 12 12:38:45 CEST 2006 i686 GNU/Linux


ifup eth1 rendered this...

Code:
root@AlucardLaptop:/home/alucardromero# ifup eth1
Error for wireless request "Set Encode" (8B2A) :
    invalid argument "Penis".
Failed to bring up eth1.


Yes, my WEP key is Penis. Auf den Arm nehmen

spiralnebelverdreher, I'm checking out that link right now.

I extracted the firmware in the same directory as the .inf file.

EDIT!!!

A new discovery.

I managed to get it working, but I don't know if this will last.

I used network card configuration, put in the wireless info, used DHCP broadcast, THEN I used "ifup eth1" and this is what is outputted...

Code:
root@AlucardLaptop:/home/alucardromero# ifup eth1
Internet Software Consortium DHCP Client 2.0pl5
Copyright 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999 The Internet Software Consortium.
All rights reserved.

Please contribute if you find this software useful.
For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/dhcp-contrib.html

Listening on LPF/eth1/00:14:a5:57:10:2f
Sending on   LPF/eth1/00:14:a5:57:10:2f
Sending on   Socket/fallback/fallback-net
DHCPREQUEST on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPREQUEST on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
DHCPDISCOVER on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 7
DHCPOFFER from 192.168.2.1
DHCPREQUEST on eth1 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPACK from 192.168.2.1
bound to 192.168.2.3 -- renewal in 988514948 seconds.
sed: can't read /etc/ntp.conf: No such file or directory


Really really strange. Auf den Arm nehmen... or was this the way it was supposed to be done?[/code]
 
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DeepDayze
Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 23.09.2006, 02:37 Uhr



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that seems to be the normal result of bringing up the interface. Can you access the net after bringing up the wireless?
 
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AlucardRomero
Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 23.09.2006, 06:10 Uhr



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Yep, I can access it. Awesome stuff. Auf den Arm nehmen

Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it.
 
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DeepDayze
Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 23.09.2006, 16:13 Uhr



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AlucardRomero hat folgendes geschrieben::
Yep, I can access it. Awesome stuff. Auf den Arm nehmen

Thanks for the help guys. I really appreciate it.


Great..happy surfing using your wireless connection Smilie
 
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AlucardRomero
Titel:   BeitragVerfasst am: 08.10.2006, 22:20 Uhr



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Okay, I'm back with a little issue.

When I start up, I have to type "ifup eth1" twice. The first time it doesn't catch anything but it enables the interface (the little green light lights up). But the second time is usually when it actually connects.

Is there an option (or a way) that I can be connected to the net upon boot rather than just an activated interface?

EDIT: Well, I tried a somewhat quicker way. I use "ifconfig eth1 up" and then "ifup eth1" and it connects. A bit quicker than waiting for a failed DHCP error, but I know there has to be a way where I'm connected to whatever network I have configured upon boot.
 
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mdmarmer
Titel: Broadcom  BeitragVerfasst am: 10.10.2006, 19:29 Uhr



Anmeldung: 22. Mar 2006
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Wohnort: dayton, oh usa
Briefly, if you have a newer kernel, you can get the native driver working
1) Install bcm43xx-fwcutter
2) Run it against your bcmwl5.sys (or similar name) file from Windows
3) If still having problems, blacklist ndiswrapper

If you want to use ndiswrapper -
1) Add
blacklist bcm43xx
to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist (as root)
2) Put all of the Windows drivers (.inf and .sys) in a linux folder
3) Navigate to that folder and
ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf (or similar name)
ndiswrapper -m
reboot
set up in knxcc
4) Other possible problems -- make sure you are using correct drivers, and using 32-bit drivers for 32-bit install
64-bit drivers for 64-bit install
5) If it still doesn't work
ndiswrapper -l
ndiswrapper -e to remove all other drivers (if any others are installed)
good driver should show driver present, hardware present
ndiswrapper nearly always sets up connection on wlan0

Mike

Check on http://www.ubuntuforums.org
Search "dapper broadcom native howto" or
"dapper broadcom ndiswrapper howto"
 
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op4latino
Titel: Re: Broadcom  BeitragVerfasst am: 11.10.2006, 08:25 Uhr



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mdmarmer hat folgendes geschrieben::
4) Other possible problems -- make sure you are using correct drivers, and using 32-bit drivers for 32-bit install
64-bit drivers for 64-bit install
That's exactly my problem. I can't find the 32-bit driver, but the 64-bit one.

I've tried the 2005-04-64 liveCD (and fromiso cheat) but it freezes a new HP Pavilion dv6000z. My guess is I have to wait for 2006-01-64
 
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mdmarmer
Titel: RE: Re: Broadcom  BeitragVerfasst am: 11.10.2006, 12:54 Uhr



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Here is the link to HP page for software and driver downloads

http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/soft ... ct=3224052

32-bit drivers should work from this web page

http://www.redrockcomputer.com/zv5340_wireless.htm

You can also use Kanotix-64 lite from Dec. 2005 and upgrade with h2's script

Mike
 
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op4latino
Titel: Re: RE: Re: Broadcom  BeitragVerfasst am: 12.10.2006, 03:40 Uhr



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Thank you, mdmarmer. I think the second link will work for me.

mdmarmer hat folgendes geschrieben::
You can also use Kanotix-64 lite from Dec. 2005 and upgrade with h2's script
Yeah, I've tried to boot it with every single option on Grub (acpi=on/off no/dma, etc). KDE starts up fine but it freeze with a few clicks you make. I've booted it with cheat 3. It fisnish booting, it gives me the prompt and after a few commands (once it didn't even let me finish to type a command) and a loud beep sounds. I have to press the power bottom to turn it off (not even the SysRq sequence would reboot it)
 
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mdmarmer
Titel: RE: Re: RE: Re: Broadcom  BeitragVerfasst am: 12.10.2006, 15:50 Uhr



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If you have problems booting a BIOS upgrade may help -- HP site probably has one

In my experience the cheatcode that helps is noapic
or
noapic nolapic

Mike
 
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op4latino
Titel: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Broadcom  BeitragVerfasst am: 12.10.2006, 20:31 Uhr



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mdmarmer hat folgendes geschrieben::
noapic nolapic
never tried nolapic. I'll let you know what happends
 
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slh
Titel: RE: Re: RE: Re: RE: Re: Broadcom  BeitragVerfasst am: 12.10.2006, 20:41 Uhr



Anmeldung: 16. Aug 2004
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Regarding bcm43xx kernel >= 2.6.18.1-rc1 is to be preferred and might fix random freezes.
 
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