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Can't get Broadcom Wifi connecting LMDE 64 bit

Postby Bluebris on Fri Sep 09, 2011 4:58 am

Hello,
So i followed the instructions under the "Install Broadcom-sta (wl) driver in LMDE" page, using the script. At first the wifi connected, but not being a trusting person, I rebooted the laptop. After the reboot however, it won't work. It sticks in a loop of trying to connect (the network connectivity thing spins around, but the read globe is grey). and asking for the wifi password again and again. I know the password is correct.

As per the instructions above, I have run some commands to get some information, which I hope will enable someone to help me out. (NB, just in case it's relevant, i'm online now by using my phone to tether. Also, the reason the b/rate shows as different on the final two iwconfigs is (presumably) because I tried to reconnect again in between those 2 commands, so the globe was spinning again for the second attempt.)

Fingers crossed someone can help me here!


brian@brian-mint ~ $ inxi -S
System: Host brian-mint Kernel 2.6.39-2-amd64 x86_64 (64 bit) Distro Linux Mint Debian Edition
brian@brian-mint ~ $ inxi -N
Network: Card-1 Broadcom BCM43225 802.11b/g/n driver wl
Card-2 Broadcom NetLink BCM57780 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe driver tg3
brian@brian-mint ~ $ sudo mintwifi
[sudo] password for brian:
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Broadcom Corporation BCM43225 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
==> PCI ID = 14e4:4357 (rev 01)
-------------------------
* II. querying ndiswrapper...
-------------------------
* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

eth1 no wireless extensions.

eth3 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.422 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:144 Mb/s Tx-Power:24 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Managementmode:All packets received
Link Quality=5/5 Signal level=0 dBm Noise level=-92 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:48 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

usb0 no wireless extensions.

-------------------------
* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr aa:00:04:00:0a:04
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:16

eth3 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr aa:00:04:00:0a:04
inet6 addr: fe80::a800:4ff:fe00:a04/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:48 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:1950
TX packets:48 errors:53 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:5424 (5.2 KiB) TX bytes:6864 (6.7 KiB)
Interrupt:17

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:166 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:166 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:12508 (12.2 KiB) TX bytes:12508 (12.2 KiB)

usb0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 7e:06:00:c4:b4:29
inet addr:192.168.42.55 Bcast:192.168.42.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::7c06:ff:fec4:b429/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:679 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:750 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:416580 (406.8 KiB) TX bytes:114564 (111.8 KiB)

-------------------------
* V. querying DHCP...
Reloading /etc/samba/smb.conf: smbd only.
RTNETLINK answers: File exists
-------------------------
* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
Server: 192.168.42.129
Address: 192.168.42.129#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: google.com
Address: 72.14.203.103
Name: google.com
Address: 72.14.203.99
Name: google.com
Address: 72.14.203.105
Name: google.com
Address: 72.14.203.147
Name: google.com
Address: 72.14.203.104
Name: google.com
Address: 72.14.203.106

brian@brian-mint ~ $ iwconfig
Command 'iwconfig' is available in '/sbin/iwconfig'
The command could not be located because '/sbin' is not included in the PATH environment variable.
This is most likely caused by the lack of administrative priviledges associated with your user account.
iwconfig: command not found
brian@brian-mint ~ $ sudo iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth1 no wireless extensions.

eth3 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:144 Mb/s Tx-Power:24 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Managementmode:All packets received
Link Quality=5/5 Signal level=0 dBm Noise level=-92 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:48 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

usb0 no wireless extensions.

brian@brian-mint ~ $ sudo iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth1 no wireless extensions.

eth3 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:"0024A5112841"
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: 00:24:A5:11:28:41
Bit Rate=65 Mb/s Tx-Power:24 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Managementmode:All packets received
Link Quality=4/5 Signal level=-58 dBm Noise level=-61 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:2 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:50 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

usb0 no wireless extensions.
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Re: Can't get Broadcom Wifi connecting LMDE 64 bit

Postby AlbertP on Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:17 am

Please uninstall the STA driver and try the brcm80211 driver: http://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211

You can use the install instructions for Wheezy; the non-free component in sources.list is already there in LMDE.
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Re: Can't get Broadcom Wifi connecting LMDE 64 bit

Postby Bluebris on Fri Sep 09, 2011 5:38 am

AlbertP wrote:Please uninstall the STA driver and try the brcm80211 driver: http://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211

You can use the install instructions for Wheezy; the non-free component in sources.list is already there in LMDE.



Thanks for the reply, but there are a bunch of Broadcom STA things listed as installed in synaptic, which ones should I be uninstalling?

Actually I had a go at it and deleted the broadcom-sta-common (which removed broadcom-sta-modules-2.6.39-2-amd64.

I then tried to follow those instructions, but it said there was nothing to install....the modprobe gave an error message (I didn't write it down)....but, I rebooted, and wifi worked. Rebooted again, and it seems to be working fine. Hopefully it will keep working....maybe I had too many drivers installed and they were conflicting somehow? I'm not technical sorry, but it's working now! Thank you so much!
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