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Wifi on a Dell Latitude D830 - BCM4311

Postby dangIt12 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:23 pm

Hi folks, hope someone can point me in the right direction to find some answers to my issue.

I have installed 64-bit Mint 14 w/ MATE on my previously WinXP Dell laptop. The issue I am having right off the bat is that the wired internet connection does work, but the wifi does not (it did work when running WInXP). Both the LED by the wifi power switch and the wifi indicator do not show any activity (both off all the time). I ran mintWifi and got the following:

nate@nate-Latitude-D830 ~ $ sudo /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py
[sudo] password for nate:
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
==> PCI ID = 14e4:4311 (rev 01)
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* II. querying ndiswrapper...
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* III. querying iwconfig...
eth0 no wireless extensions.

lo no wireless extensions.

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* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:19:b9:78:da:59
inet addr:192.168.1.25 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::219:b9ff:fe78:da59/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:293723 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:158749 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:248123813 (248.1 MB) TX bytes:14054776 (14.0 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:16436 Metric:1
RX packets:3022 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3022 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:328721 (328.7 KB) TX bytes:328721 (328.7 KB)

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* V. querying DHCP...
Rather than invoking init scripts through /etc/init.d, use the service(8)
utility, e.g. service smbd reload

Since the script you are attempting to invoke has been converted to an
Upstart job, you may also use the reload(8) utility, e.g. reload smbd
RTNETLINK answers: File exists
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
Server: 192.168.1.1
Address: 192.168.1.1#53

Non-authoritative answer:
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.5
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.4
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.3
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.2
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.1
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.0
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.14
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.9
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.8
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.7
Name: google.com
Address: 74.125.228.6

nate@nate-Latitude-D830 ~ $

I am thinking I need to install a driver for the BCM4311. Can anyone point me to the correct software driver and how to install it? Am I going in the right direction? More info needed?

Thanks,
Nate
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Re: Wifi on a Dell Latitude D830 - BCM4311

Postby dangIt12 on Wed Jan 09, 2013 6:38 pm

OK, so I did some more searching and found this fix for the BCM4311 for Mint 11.

http://drndivoje.wordpress.com/2011/07/ ... x-mint-11/

It had me download/install b43-fwcutter, comment out "blacklist bcm43xx" from /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and reload b43 and ssb modules from the kernal. Still no joy. (Same reselts from mintWifi as shown in previous post).


Possibly the issue for Mint 11 is not the same that I am having with Mint 14?

Any help would be appreciated....


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Re: Wifi on a Dell Latitude D830 - BCM4311

Postby dangIt12 on Thu Jan 10, 2013 7:55 am

OK, got the BCM4311 to work. Will post details later in case someone else runs into this problem, although this forum seems a little like a ghost town...

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Re: Wifi on a Dell Latitude D830 - BCM4311

Postby rayfin6969 on Sat Jan 12, 2013 10:44 pm

Nate:

I'd love to know what you did to get this to work.
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Re: Wifi on a Dell Latitude D830 - BCM4311

Postby stunder on Thu Jan 24, 2013 6:48 pm

I tried over and over again to get this to work using 64bit Mint and it only seems to work on the 32bit version. I am thinking that there is issues between the two OS versions.
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Re: Wifi on a Dell Latitude D830 - BCM4311

Postby oldp on Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:10 pm

Hey dangIt12
As one ghost to another, i would very much like to see your solution. I cannot get my BCM4311 to work with mint 14 either. It works fine with Vista and Parted Magic...... Go figure
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