Broadcom wireless Dell E5510 laptop

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Broadcom wireless Dell E5510 laptop

Postby StanM on Fri May 02, 2014 11:35 am

I downloaded what I believe is the correct driver from the Broadcom site but I don't have a clue how to install it from the download folder. I have about six months of Linux experience and resolved the Broadcom wireless problem on another brand of laptop but that was easy because I was able to cut-n-paste all of the terminal commands.l The wireless on this Dell is a lot tougher for me so I'll need some hand holding.

lspci:
Usage: lspci [<switches>]

Basic display modes:
-mm Produce machine-readable output (single -m for an obsolete format)
-t Show bus tree

Display options:
-v Be verbose (-vv for very verbose)
-k Show kernel drivers handling each device
-x Show hex-dump of the standard part of the config space
-xxx Show hex-dump of the whole config space (dangerous; root only)
-xxxx Show hex-dump of the 4096-byte extended config space (root only)
-b Bus-centric view (addresses and IRQ's as seen by the bus)
-D Always show domain numbers

Resolving of device ID's to names:
-n Show numeric ID's
-nn Show both textual and numeric ID's (names & numbers)
-q Query the PCI ID database for unknown ID's via DNS
-qq As above, but re-query locally cached entries
-Q Query the PCI ID database for all ID's via DNS

Selection of devices:
-s [[[[<domain>]:]<bus>]:][<slot>][.[<func>]] Show only devices in selected slots
-d [<vendor>]:[<device>] Show only devices with specified ID's

Other options:
-i <file> Use specified ID database instead of /usr/share/misc/pci.ids.gz
-p <file> Look up kernel modules in a given file instead of default modules.pcimap
-M Enable `bus mapping' mode (dangerous; root only)

PCI access options:
-A <method> Use the specified PCI access method (see `-A help' for a list)
-O <par>=<val> Set PCI access parameter (see `-O help' for a list)
-G Enable PCI access debugging
-H <mode> Use direct hardware access (<mode> = 1 or 2)
-F <file> Read PCI configuration dump from a given file
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Here are the results using the mintWifi command:

stan@stan-Latitude-E5510 ~ $ mintWifi
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
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* II. querying ndiswrapper...
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* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

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* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr f0:4d:a2:7b:90:03
inet addr:192.168.1.105 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::f24d:a2ff:fe7b:9003/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:17212 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:12486 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:19853288 (19.8 MB) TX bytes:1696522 (1.6 MB)
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:65536 Metric:1
RX packets:320 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:320 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:40634 (40.6 KB) TX bytes:40634 (40.6 KB)

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* V. querying DHCP...
[sudo] password for stan:
Sorry, try again.
[sudo] password for stan:
RTNETLINK answers: File exists
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
Server: 24.220.0.10
Address: 24.220.0.10#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.38
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.31
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.49
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.57
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.37
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.59
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.46
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.26
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.24
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.35
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.20
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.42
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.53
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.16
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.48
Name: google.com
Address: 24.220.112.27
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Re: Broadcom wireless Dell E5510 laptop

Postby StanM on Fri May 02, 2014 12:41 pm

Wireless chip ID shows BCM5761e and the PCI-ID shows [14e4:1680]

The file I downloaded from Broadcom is: linux-3.133d.zip

I know how to paste tereminal commands and follow instructions but if it's necessary to change directories, etc. I'll need more detailed instrucitions if it's anything more than cut-n-paste. This shouldn't be too difficult once someone steers me in the right direction as I was able to walk through the steps and get this resolved on another brand of laptop with a different chipset. That one must have been a lot more common than this one as there were several sources with detailed instructions but I'm struggling to find anything that I'm confident will work with this one.

One other thing. I've got twenty years of experience working with zip files and understand how directories work in windows but I'm totally lost on those two things so far in Linux. Forgive me if I ask any dumb questions during the walk through.

Thanks in advance
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