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LMDE Wireless

Postby borgward on Mon Mar 03, 2014 1:34 pm

Does Linux Mint Debian 201403 Cinnamon support the broadcom wireless on my Dell Inspiron 1520? I did not see the Driver Manager at Menu.
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby dclement on Mon Mar 03, 2014 2:29 pm

I don't think this chipset is supported by default.

I had success with the firmware-b34-lpphy-installer package on a similar system, but it would be best if you could test from a live-usb session with a wired connection. You can then just add the package and check that it works.
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby borgward on Mon Mar 03, 2014 5:46 pm

I did not expect it to by default. Linux Mint 14 on the same machine did not either. I had to go to "driver manager" to install the software for the Broadcom wireless. Was very easy to do. Did not see any thing like that on the Linux Mint Debian Menu.

Where do I get the firmware-b34-lpphy-installer package from?

On LinuxMint 13 Menu > Administration > Windows Wireless Drivers - Ndiswrapper driver installation tool. Anything like that for Linux Debian 201403 Cinnamon?
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby Ubulindy on Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:18 pm

The "driver manager" is not present in my menu either, nor is it in the repo. I believe that packages is called mint-drivers. I did however have recent luck on Softpedia site with my wireless driver issues. I did a search for your drivers and there is a huge list for Dell Inspiron 1520: http://drivers.softpedia.com/dyn-search ... er_page=20 Softpedia is one of the few places I can usually find packages with the inf files without fail. Look for "windows wireless drivers" in your menu. Download the package, extract it, and use "windows wireless drivers" to install the "inf" file. If successful it will tell you "hardware present". Then reboot.
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby kurotsugi on Mon Mar 03, 2014 6:47 pm

that package only exist on ubuntu. as for DDM, it got removed since it's too buggy :3
on debian we have firmware-b43-installer, firmware-b43legacy-installer. we also have wl for several broadcomm devices.
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby borgward on Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:13 pm

Dell Inspiron 1520

Mint 14 - $ hwinfo WLAN driver "b43" Driver Modules "b43", "b43"

Admin > System Information > PCI Devices > Network controler:
BCM4312 802.11 b/g LP-PHY (rev.01)

Note I currently have HDD w/14 running my Inspiron. Linux Mint Debian is on another drive. Very easy on the Inspiron to switch out drives. If I can get LMDE to work the way I like on my extra drive, I will install it on the drive I am currently running 14 0n. Do I use the firmware-b43-installer or the firmware-b43legacy-installer?
How do I get it?

What is wl? Is it relevant to my system?

I saw some tutorials, for example http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/218 but did not think it was totally relevant for 201403.
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby Ubulindy on Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:22 pm

"There are different Broadcom drivers for different wifi cards, so don't use this solution unless you are sure it applies to you. To find out which driver is for you go to the following page and follow the instructions under "Supported Devices" section:
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Dri ... u.2FDebian

Basically:
*** For the ones with a "yes" on the listing chart use firmware-b43-installer and b43-fwcutter from Synaptic rather than the one sited above.

*** For the ones with a "yes/legacy" on the listing chart use firmware-b43legacy-installer and b43-fwcutter from Synaptic rather than the one sited above.

Got that info from here: http://forum.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=151623

Just wanted you to know that I just looked in synaptic. If you type in "bcm" you'll see the firmware in there and the legacy, everything you might need.
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby kurotsugi on Tue Mar 04, 2014 1:41 am

broadcomm have a lot of driver. wl, b43, b43legacy, brcmsmac, and rndis_wlan . you can find more information here https://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx :3
since you have bcm4312 I believe the approriate driver is either b43 or wl as said here http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Dri ... ed_devices https://wiki.debian.org/wl#supported
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Re: LMDE Wireless

Postby borgward on Wed Mar 05, 2014 12:33 pm

Thanks, that worked. Problem solved. Now onto reinstalling and manual partitioning.
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