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How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby Acid_1 on Sun May 18, 2008 5:27 pm

Okies, I had some difficulty getting wireless to work, so after scouring the internet, from a wired connection :( I finally got it. It requires that you have an internet connection, just to do a couple of things, first download wl_apsta.o to your destop:

wl_apsta.o.lzma.tar.gz
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Extract it using archive manager, then you'll be left with 'wl_apsta.o.lzma'. Open it with archive manager, and extract it. Now for the hard-ish part:

You'll need build essential, so:

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sudo apt-get install build-essential


then type:
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cd
wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
cd b43-fwcutter-011
make
cd ..


now, wherever I put adam, put you're compy name there, eg, fred, joe, etc.

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export /home/adam/Desktop=”/lib/firmware”
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0/kmod
sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o


Worked for me, post your comments and let me know how it works for you. :P :o :o
Last edited by Acid_1 on Thu Jul 31, 2008 5:01 am, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby Husse on Mon May 19, 2008 7:14 am

This is the Linux driver way. In the wifi wiki you find a link to the ndiswrapper way
http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php/MintWifi
Pity this chip is so hard to use...
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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby angelbeast on Sat Jun 14, 2008 1:24 pm

Acid_1 wrote:Okies, I had some difficulty getting wireless to work, so after scouring the internet, from a wired connection :( I finally got it. It requires that you have an internet connection, just to do a couple of things, first download wl_apsta.o to your destop:

wl_apsta.o.lzma.tar.gz


Extract it using archive manager, then you'll be left with 'wl_apsta.o.lzma'. Open it with archive manager, and extract it. Now for the hard-ish part:

You'll need build essential, so:

Code: Select all
sudo apt-get install build-essential


then type:
Code: Select all
cd
wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
cd b43-fwcutter-011
make
cd ..


now, wherever I put adam, put you're compy name there, eg, fred, joe, etc.

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export /home/adam/Desktop=”/lib/firmware”
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0.tar.bz2
cd broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0/kmod
sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta.o


Worked for me, post your comments and let me know how it works for you. :P :o :o

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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby Husse on Sun Jun 15, 2008 3:13 pm

How do i uninstall this?

This is discussed today in a separate topic which I don't find now
As I've written some 120 posts since yesterday noon it's not so strange
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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby Dosan on Thu Jul 03, 2008 7:34 am

I got my wireless working after 2 days of troubleshooting, follow this guide and it will work for you too :

My problem was that the wireless card wasn't recognized by the system, so when you make the command iwconfig I got no wlan0 adapter appearing.
First of all you must download the windows correct driver for your laptop for Windows XP and this for the BCM4310 chipset.

• .install all the development packages ( linux-kernel-devel & linx headers )
• download the latest ndiswrapper source and extract it.
• go into the extracted directory and do
o make & sudo make install
• get the wireless drivers from HP website for Windows XP
o extract it
• there will be a bcmwl5.inf and a bcmwl5.sys file in the current foder. run the command
o sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
• this will install the drivers and doing
o ndiswrapper -l shows
 Installed drivers:
 bcmwl5 driver installed, hardware present
• Now run
o sudo ndiswrapper -m
• Reboot the laptop.
• Upon startup run
o sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
• the wireless modles are now working. run iwconfig and there should be a wlan0 with wireless extensions. yu can now connect to a network using
o sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid name-of-essid
o dhclient wlan0

Hope it will make your day better too.
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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby Arron on Mon Jul 14, 2008 7:19 am

hwcutter is not nearly as stable for me and others I know as the ndiswrapper. There is a good howto here:

http://www.linuxmint.com/wiki/index.php ... om_bcm43xx

It is very simple to install, I even have a script to do it easily if others would like it.

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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby Hepburn on Mon Jul 14, 2008 2:18 pm

Thanks for posting this How To! :D My wireless was fine when I used the Live USB, and I didn't have a clue what had gone wrong after I installed it. Wired connections aren't fun. :(

I do have one question, though, if you don't mind. When I did the final step, this happened:

laura@Hepburn ~ $ export /home/Hepburn/Desktop=”/lib/firmware”
bash: export: `/home/Hepburn/Desktop=”/lib/firmware”': not a valid identifier

Everything works fine, but I just wondered what it meant/the implications are? I'm a Linux Mint newbie, and a bit on the inquisitive side :P

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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby sgla1 on Fri Sep 25, 2009 10:56 pm

Hepburn wrote:I do have one question, though, if you don't mind. When I did the final step, this happened:

laura@Hepburn ~ $ export /home/Hepburn/Desktop=”/lib/firmware”
bash: export: `/home/Hepburn/Desktop=”/lib/firmware”': not a valid identifier

Everything works fine, but I just wondered what it meant/the implications are? I'm a Linux Mint newbie, and a bit on the inquisitive side :P

TTFN
Hepburn


The line you mention above really doesn't make sense to me. The bash shell supports variables. Assignment usually takes the form of:
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my_var=some_value
Variables can be made global by exporting them:
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export my_var
You can combine the steps but I doubt "/home/Hepburn/Desktop" is a valid variable name.

Maybe someone was confused about how links work. What they probably wanted was more or less
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ln -s  /lib/firmware  /home/me/firmware_dir
however I don't think this will achieve what they are thinking.

If you want to learn about the bash shell (and you should), google "Bash Beginners Guide". It's a free pdf download.
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Re: How To: Get Broadcom Wireless Working: Elyssa

Postby Acid_1 on Sun Sep 27, 2009 4:20 am

@sgla1--

Lol I checked My Posts to see what's new and this is the last thing I expected to have posts in. Just to let you know, the previous post was made July 14, 2008. Haha. I don't think it's applicable anymore. But I suppose the BASH article is worth it :)
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