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Mint Live CD - Wireless not recognized

Postby seanlinux on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:09 pm

Several times before this has come up. It's not convenient for me to have to solve this in a virtual machine-I am experimenting with the Live CD of Mint 14 XFCE-64bit. I find it hard to copy and paste between OS so I am just asking for instructions in simple terms to figure out how and if I can get the Netgear WNA3100 USB adapter running in Live CD mode. I can't afford to install it on my HDD unless I know for sure it'll work.
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Re: Mint Live CD - Wireless not recognized

Postby overthetop on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:13 pm

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Re: Mint Live CD - Wireless not recognized

Postby seanlinux on Wed Apr 10, 2013 4:38 pm

The download link shown in the link above is invalid. Just thought I'd clear that up.
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Re: Mint Live CD - Wireless not recognized

Postby overthetop on Wed Apr 10, 2013 6:11 pm

seanlinux wrote:The download link shown in the link above is invalid. Just thought I'd clear that up.

Ouch, my bad! :oops:

You can now get the driver from here.

Make sure that neccesary kernel module is installed:
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sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-dkms

Open a terminal in the directory that contains the downloaded package and run the following:
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tar xzvf 2612284-Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2.tar.gz
cd Broadcom_bcm43xx_USB_32_64bit_v2

Install the driver:
Note: if you are using 64-bit system substitute bcmn43xx32.inf with bcmn43xx64.inf in the command below.
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sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmn43xx32.inf

Add the module to the kernel:
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sudo modprobe ndiswrapper


Post back your results.

For more information on using ndiswrapper see: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=885847
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Re: Mint Live CD - Wireless not recognized

Postby seanlinux on Wed Apr 10, 2013 7:28 pm

I want to thumbs up the above. I followed the instructions and it solved my initial problem. But now I have to keep entering my security code since it won't take my code. I know what my secure WiFi code is, but the OS just won't use it.
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Re: Mint Live CD - Wireless not recognized

Postby overthetop on Thu Apr 11, 2013 11:02 am

seanlinux wrote:I followed the instructions and it solved my initial problem. But now I have to keep entering my security code since it won't take my code. I know what my secure WiFi code is, but the OS just won't use it.

So you can't connect to your wireless network?

Post the results of each of these:
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lsusb

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ndiswrapper -l

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dmesg | grep ndis


Also see if your wlan is up:
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iwconfig


If it is working, you can get ndiswrapper to start automatically with a
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sudo echo ndiswrapper >> /etc/modules
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Re: Mint Live CD - Wireless not recognized

Postby seanlinux on Thu Apr 11, 2013 7:45 pm

Thanks, I'll do so. I think I'll need to re-do everything since before, since it was a Live session.
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