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Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?[solved]

Postby este.el.paz on Fri Feb 24, 2012 10:22 pm

Folks:

Basically very new to LM, took some doing to get LMDE bootable in my MBPro which I finally achieved last weekend; and first off the network lists the wireless as not available due to "missing firmware." I read through a search here looking for solutions to the wireless issues and there seem to be a range of answers, from "LMDE doesn't do wireless" to this seemingly easy looking solution: http://wiki.debian.org/brcm80211 . . . however this machine is using the BCM4322 card, but that number isn't mentioned in the wiki . . . . Would this wiki still apply to fixing the wireless issues or would it require the seemingly more complicated suggestions that were also found recommending the use of "ndiswrapper"?? I also saw a post where someone posted with the comment, "this is not the 'missing firmware' syndrome," and then it didn't seem like there was any further comment on that "syndrome" so I couldn't tell if this data from the wiki.debian/brcm80211 would handle the "missing firmware" problem or not. I don't have much in the way of command line knowledge, so simple solutions are the preferred direction; but before diving into it I'm just wondering whether LMDE will provide wireless at all, because I found posts from not too long ago saying that it wouldn't . . . . Insights are appreciated.

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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?

Postby dagon on Fri Feb 24, 2012 11:14 pm

Hi!

Check out this tutorial!
http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=197&t=57056&start=0&hilit=lmde+4322

The wiki you found is not the best page for your card. Here is one that has some info on the 4322:
http://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx
On this page you find more info on the bcm4322 and it shows you how you can test it!
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#Known_issues

That's about it. I'm not a wifi driver install kind of a person.
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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?

Postby este.el.paz on Sun Feb 26, 2012 8:58 pm

@dagon:

Tried to post this yesterday morning but the LM server must have been overwhelmed and I couldn't get into the forum. I spent some time going through the various links you provided, so I first wanted to say "thanks" for taking the time to do that. On reading the different posts however it remains unclear as to whether the BCM4322 is "supported" or not; it looks like there might be a process to getting this done as the different posts provide some conflicting evidence(s). The tutorial given by xxdawg was from a year or so ago and then down in the bowels of that thread was a couple of posts from "shoeless hunter" saying that the method provided in the tutorial didn't allow him to have both wireless and ethernet working . . . . And, other posts that I previously found were saying to not do the "broadcom-sta" install method . . . . Then one of the other links to the "wireless.kernel.org" page show that only two cards are not supported, one of them happening to be the BCM4322 . . . and then another page is showing that the "b43" driver will work . . . . So, the waters are thoroughly muddied at this point, I'll have to carefully read through all of the different threads to try to learn and understand which method might be the best . . . meaning that wireless would work, without disabling ethernet or any other vital functions . . . . I'm hoping for a butt simple solution . . . it's pretty basic to need wireless, and this is a 1.75 year old computer . . . . I'm pasting some of the data's that showed up in response to some Terminal queries much of which I don't understand like the second one--it looks like some drivers are loaded, but it says "firmware missing" and then the last command 14e4 actually shows, not the 4322 but 432b--which now perhaps might be on the supported list. . . . . I also have copied some other stuff from the various links from dagon that show the different conflicting info on whether this driver is supported or not, which I could post into another post . . . .


iotco # inxi -N
Network: Card-1 nVidia MCP79 Ethernet driver forcedeth
Card-2 Broadcom BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller driver b43-pci-bridge
iotco # lsmod | grep "wl\|bn\|b4"
bnep 17424 2
b43 292641 0
rng_core 12614 1 b43
mac80211 181270 1 b43
cfg80211 126244 2 b43,mac80211
bluetooth 107224 23 rfcomm,bnep,btusb
ssb 44050 1 b43
mmc_core 58824 2 b43,ssb
pcmcia 32719 2 b43,ssb
iotco # lspci -vvnn | grep 14e4
04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:432b] (rev 01)
iotco #


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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?

Postby este.el.paz on Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:06 pm

14e4:432b partially in 2.6.39+ BCM4322 a/b/g/n N (r4) wl


Checking out the "wireless.kernel.org" page for the "432b" card shows that wireless can be alternatively used by "wl" ??? . . . which I guess is a driver??? but that "wl" driver didn't seem to show up in the "grep" list query . . . is that what I might want to try to install?

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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?

Postby dagon on Sun Feb 26, 2012 9:36 pm

@dawgdocs tutorial is dated Oct 2010. It refers to a Debian wiki which was last updated 2012-02-12 and in the list of supported devices we now find an entry that reads:
PCI: 14E4:432B Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller

So one way or the other it should be doable.
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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?

Postby este.el.paz on Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:09 pm

dagon wrote:@dawgdocs tutorial is dated Oct 2010. It refers to a Debian wiki which was last updated 2012-02-12 and in the list of supported devices we now find an entry that reads:
PCI: 14E4:432B Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller

So one way or the other it should be doable.


@dagon: OK, that's good news. The debian wiki wants to see "# Debian Wheezy (testing)
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian wheezy main contrib non-free" in the sources list. Are any of these looking like it's got that line or do I specifically need to add that exact line to begin this process?? And then what am I doing?? is it "sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list" to get the sources list edited and adding that specific line?

$ sudo cat /etc/apt/sources.list
[sudo] password for:
deb http://packages.linuxmint.com/ debian main upstream import
deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest testing main contrib non-free
deb http://security.debian.org/ testing/updates main contrib non-free
deb http://www.debian-multimedia.org testing main non-free


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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?

Postby dagon on Sun Feb 26, 2012 10:31 pm

este.el.paz wrote:@dagon: OK, that's good news. The debian wiki wants to see "# Debian Wheezy (testing)

There's two tables there. One for Squeeze (stable) and one for Wheezy. Your card is on both.

deb http://debian.linuxmint.com/latest testing main contrib non-free

I'm not on LMDE but I think the sources you've got could cover your needs this time. Try and install the package you desire and apt-get will tell you if it can't find it.

Edit: One more thing. This line: "sudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list" will start gedit with administrator rights but you might notice that the terminal reports errors. When you start a graphic program from the terminal as an admin you use the "gksudo" command. I don't know why, that's just the way it is.
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gksudo gedit /etc/apt/sources.list
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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?

Postby este.el.paz on Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:25 pm

dagon wrote:@dawgdocs tutorial is dated Oct 2010. It refers to a Debian wiki which was last updated 2012-02-12 and in the list of supported devices we now find an entry that reads:
PCI: 14E4:432B Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller

So one way or the other it should be doable.


@dagon:

Just found the time to run the suggested commands, very simple, as suggested for the Wheezy system using "aptitude update" and then "aptitude install module-assistant" and then following therest of the 6 commands . . . the "iwconfig" didn't seem to show much when I was still connected by ethernet, or even after I disconnected it, but when I clicked on the "network" tab in the toolbar the local wireless networks were showing up and it asked for the key . . . and . . . I'm typing this post using the wireless connection!!!! Hopefully the post by "shoeless hunter" from a year ago about not having ethernet will not be a problem now . . . I'll have to check it later, but . . . as of this moment wireless using "wl"?? is working, thanks for your help--I like the simple solution.

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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?[solved]

Postby shadow29c on Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:46 pm

I have the same card "PCI: 14E4:432B Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller"
After the procedure(wl), networkmanager say: "wireless is disabled by hardware switch", but is not. If i play with the switch I can disable wireless and Bluetooth light...
My laptop : Dell Vostro 1720
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 lsmod  | grep "b43\|ssb\|wl"
wl                   2402522  0
lib80211               12950  2 lib80211_crypt_tkip,wl

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sudo iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth1      no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11abgn  ESSID:"" 
          Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.412 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Bit Rate:144 Mb/s   Tx-Power:off   
          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=-23 dBm
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0



Anyone know how to bypass the switch validation?
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Re: Will LMDE + BCM4322 provide wireless connect?[solved]

Postby shadow29c on Fri Jul 20, 2012 8:30 pm

I have fix my problem "wireless is disabled by hardware switch". I need to block dell-laptop
Procedure:
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sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
add line: blacklist dell-laptop


restart computer and now wireless is enable.

My new problem, I receive an IP address, but i can't ping my wireless router. If I'm wired, everything working fine.
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nm-tool
NetworkManager Tool

State: connected (global)

- Device: eth1 -----------------------------------------------------------------
  Type:              Wired
  Driver:            r8169
  State:             unavailable
  Default:           no
  HW Address:        00:24:E8:B4:CC:4F

  Capabilities:
    Carrier Detect:  yes
    Speed:           10 Mb/s

  Wired Properties
    Carrier:         off


- Device: wlan0  [Wireless1] ------------------------------------------------
  Type:              802.11 WiFi
  Driver:            wl
  State:             connected
  Default:           yes
  HW Address:        00:25:56:20:0D:3B

  Capabilities:
    Speed:           104 Mb/s

  Wireless Properties
    WEP Encryption:  yes
    WPA Encryption:  yes
    WPA2 Encryption: yes

  Wireless Access Points (* = current AP)
    Wireless2:      Infra, C0:C1:C0:1F:D1:F3, Freq 2417 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 65 WPA2
    Wireless3:       Infra, 20:76:00:16:A1:44, Freq 2412 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 74 WPA WPA2
    Wireless4:         Infra, 00:25:9C:64:83:7C, Freq 2427 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 37 WPA WPA2
    *Wireless1:   Infra, 00:1E:58:EB:12:B5, Freq 2462 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 100 WPA WPA2
    Wireless5: Infra, 00:22:B0:77:B4:92, Freq 2437 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 55 WEP
    Wireless6: Infra, E0:46:9A:5B:1C:E1, Freq 5230 MHz, Rate 0 Mb/s, Strength 47 WPA2
    Wireless7:          Infra, 38:60:77:88:D3:B2, Freq 2437 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 40 WPA WPA2
    Wireless8:      Infra, 20:AA:4B:00:7F:0A, Freq 2437 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 45 WPA2
    Wireless9:   Infra, 00:1C:10:92:B1:F7, Freq 2437 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 59 WPA2
    Wireless10:      Infra, C0:C1:C0:1F:D1:F3, Freq 2427 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 65 WPA2
    Wireless11: Infra, E0:46:9A:5B:1C:DF, Freq 2427 MHz, Rate 54 Mb/s, Strength 75 WPA2

  IPv4 Settings:
    Address:         192.168.4.198
    Prefix:          24 (255.255.255.0)
    Gateway:         192.168.4.1

    DNS:             192.168.4.1

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ping 127.0.0.1
PING 127.0.0.1 (127.0.0.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 127.0.0.1: icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.019 ms
64 bytes from 127.0.0.1: icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=0.020 ms
64 bytes from 127.0.0.1: icmp_req=3 ttl=64 time=0.012 ms
64 bytes from 127.0.0.1: icmp_req=4 ttl=64 time=0.022 ms
^C
--- 127.0.0.1 ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 2997ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.012/0.018/0.022/0.004 ms

ping 192.168.4.198
PING 192.168.4.198 (192.168.4.198) 56(84) bytes of data.
64 bytes from 192.168.4.198: icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=0.012 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.4.198: icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=0.019 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.4.198: icmp_req=3 ttl=64 time=0.020 ms
64 bytes from 192.168.4.198: icmp_req=4 ttl=64 time=0.022 ms
^C
--- 192.168.4.198 ping statistics ---
4 packets transmitted, 4 received, 0% packet loss, time 2997ms
rtt min/avg/max/mdev = 0.012/0.018/0.022/0.004 ms

ping 192.168.4.1 #My Router
PING 192.168.4.1 (192.168.4.1) 56(84) bytes of data.
^C
--- 192.168.4.1 ping statistics ---
49 packets transmitted, 0 received, 100% packet loss, time 48366ms



My router work fine with 1 other wireless computer(windows), 1 wired LMDE computer and 1 cell phone.
Anyone know why?
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