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[Solved] No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby ThomasBrinkmann on Sat Sep 15, 2012 10:43 am

Solved - thanks to all who made efforts!

Hi,

I am completely new to Linux and have problems in setting up a wireless internet connection. Having looked at a number of websites and Forum entries, the reason seems to be an inappropriate drive for the Broadcom WLAN card. So I uninstalled the default Broadcom driver (broadcom-sta-common) and tried others (b43-fwcutter, firmware-b43-installer), but I did not manage to get it running. The lamp of the wireless key did in no case light up. Can somebody help me? Below is the information about the labtop configuration.

Thanks, Thomas



Terminal: inxx -FC 0
Result:
inxi -FC 0
System: Host: thomas-HP-G5000-RY493EA-UUG Kernel: 3.2.0-23-generic i686 (32 bit) Desktop: N/A Distro: Linux Mint 13 Maya
Machine: System: Hewlett-Packard (portable) product: HP G5000 (RY493EA#UUG) version: F.13
Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 30C6 version: 78.10 Bios: Hewlett-Packard version: F.13 date: 01/16/2007
CPU: Dual core Intel CPU T2050 (-MCP-) cache: 2048 KB flags: (nx sse sse2 sse3)
Clock Speeds: 1: 800.00 MHz 2: 800.00 MHz
Graphics: Card: Intel Mobile 945GM/GMS 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller
X.Org: 1.11.3 drivers: intel (unloaded: fbdev,vesa) Resolution: 1280x800@60.0hz
GLX Renderer: Mesa DRI Intel 945GM x86/MMX/SSE2 GLX Version: 1.4 Mesa 8.0.2
Audio: Card: Intel N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA ver: 1.0.24
Network: Card-1: Broadcom BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
IF: N/A state: N/A mac: N/A
Card-2: Realtek RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ driver: 8139too
IF: eth0 state: unknown speed: 100 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:16:d4:b9:9a:e3
Drives: HDD Total Size: 80.0GB (19.7% used) 1: /dev/sda ST980812AS 80.0GB
Partition: ID: / size: 73G used: 15G (22%) fs: ext4 ID: swap-1 size: 2.14GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap
Sensors: System Temperatures: cpu: 48.0C mobo: 26.8C
Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
Info: Processes: 137 Uptime: 41 min Memory: 294.1/2004.1MB Client: Shell inxi: 1.7.33


Terminal: iwconfig
Result:
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.


Terminal: lspci -vnn -d 14e4:
Result: 06:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company BCM4311 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [103c:1364]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 3
Memory at 80000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel modules: ssb
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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby remoulder on Sat Sep 15, 2012 11:46 am

That card may require the STA driver, not all version are supported by b43. Is there anything recommended in System Settings > Hardware Drivers?
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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby ThomasBrinkmann on Sun Sep 16, 2012 10:24 am

remoulder wrote:That card may require the STA driver, not all version are supported by b43. Is there anything recommended in System Settings > Hardware Drivers?



I am not quite sure if I have understood correctly the suggestion. I did not find 'System Settings > Hardware Drivers'. However, if I go to 'Control Center > Additional Drivers' there is the option to activate the 'Broadcom STA wireless driver'. I had activated and removed this driver several times at the beginning and have just now activated it again. However, the blue light of the wireless button does not turn on and no wireless networks are displayed by using e.g. the programme 'WiFi radar'. Is there something I miss?

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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby remoulder on Sun Sep 16, 2012 1:25 pm

ThomasBrinkmann wrote:Additional Drivers

Sorry, yes this is what I meant.

ThomasBrinkmann wrote:something I miss

Firstly have you rebooted and is the wifi actually turned ON using the toggle switch/key?

If that's ok, in a terminal copy/paste here the outputs of
Code: Select all
lsmod
dmesg |egrep 'wl|b43|error'
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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby Farcules on Mon Sep 17, 2012 7:47 am

Ubuntu variants have odd reactions to Broadcom wifi. I have the BCM4318 that fell through the cracks and got sidelined. Your BCM 4311 is a previous revision and there is plenty of info at

http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

If there is no wifi after installation invoke synaptic package mngr and search on Broadcom and remove all Broadcom drivers present and reboot. If you get wifi it is built into the kernel and you need do no more but if there isn't invoke a terminal and do

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

This procedure has worked every time for me. The only catch is that it has to be done immediately after installation or before any other action(s) concerning wifi
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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby ThomasBrinkmann on Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:15 am

Hi again, thanks for the suggestions. Sorry for the delay in answering.

ThomasBrinkmann wrote:something I miss

Firstly have you rebooted and is the wifi actually turned ON using the toggle switch/key?

Yes, I have rebooted but I do not know if WiFi is turned on. There is a key on the keyboard and I have presssed it, but the blue light does not turn on.

If that's ok, in a terminal copy/paste here the outputs of
Code: Select all
lsmod
dmesg |egrep 'wl|b43|error'
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lsmod

Module Size Used by
joydev 17393 0
rfcomm 38139 4
bnep 17830 2
vesafb 13516 0
parport_pc 32114 0
bluetooth 158438 10 rfcomm,bnep
ppdev 12849 0
binfmt_misc 17292 1
wl 2646601 0
hp_wmi 13652 0
sparse_keymap 13658 1 hp_wmi
i915 414568 2
drm_kms_helper 45466 1 i915
drm 197692 3 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 i915
snd_hda_codec_conexant 52365 1
psmouse 87140 0
snd_hda_intel 32765 3
snd_hda_codec 109562 2 snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 13276 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_pcm 80845 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
snd_rawmidi 25424 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
snd_timer 28931 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
serio_raw 13027 0
snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
lib80211 14040 1 wl
wmi 18744 1 hp_wmi
snd 62064 15 snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
soundcore 14635 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
video 19068 1 i915
mac_hid 13077 0
lp 17455 0
parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
8139too 23283 0
8139cp 22633 0

dmesg |egrep 'wl|b43|error'

[ 0.000000] DMI: Hewlett-Packard HP G5000 (RY493EA#UUG) /30C6, BIOS F.13 01/16/2007
[ 2.172217] button: probe of LNXSLPBN:00 failed with error -22
[ 27.176650] EXT4-fs (sda1): re-mounted. Opts: errors=remount-ro
[ 27.318795] wl: module license 'MIXED/Proprietary' taints kernel.
[ 27.344071] wl 0000:06:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
[ 27.344083] wl 0000:06:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby gladsonvm on Sun Sep 23, 2012 2:38 am

Are you sure its broadcom wifi? If you are sure
go to http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php and download your driver
download readme and read it to get the instructions
all you have to do is to
decompress the file
compile the driver to get wl.ko file
use rmmod to remove ssb,b43 etc (you have to refer readme.txt)
then
modprobe lib80211 cfg80211
in terminal navigate to the folder with wl.ko file, then
insmod wl.ko
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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby ThomasBrinkmann on Sat Apr 26, 2014 10:23 am

I finally managed to get Wifi on my laptop with Linux Mint 13 following the instructions of:

http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

1) First I checked that the broadcom device is supported.

2) Then I installed the tool: firmware-b43-installer

3) Then I entered the terminal and ran the following commands (see aforementined website):

1 export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
2 wget http://www.lwfinger.com/b43-firmware/br ... 38.tar.bz2
3 tar xjf broadcom-wl-5.100.138.tar.bz2
4 sudo b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" broadcom-wl-5.100.138/linux/wl_apsta.o

After this, the lamp of the wireless key went on and I could connect via the network manager.
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Re: No WLAN, driver for Broadcom BCM4311 802.11 b/g

Postby pdc_2 on Sun Apr 27, 2014 5:01 pm

gosh; this is an old thread that has come alive;

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=2214110

this seems to me the definitive how-to for Broadcom on current Ubuntu (and Mint);

so one checks through the list on the above link: and for current ubuntu/mint .............and a 4311...................seems to me the command is sudo apt-get install linux-firmware-nonfree

that has the advantage of simplicity.....................lfinger is a noted wireless developer most prominent on the OpenSuse forums

(for anyone following in the wake of this thread ..............)
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