Broadcom BCM4311 wifi adapter disabled by boot to mint14

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Broadcom BCM4311 wifi adapter disabled by boot to mint14

Postby oldp on Thu Jan 24, 2013 4:04 pm

Hello
I am very new to linux and need some help please. Yesterday I installed mint 14 on my compaq laptop as a dual boot with the Vista that was already there. Seemed to work OK except when I boot to mint the wireless adapter does not get turned on. The wireless adapter switch is in the on position but the light stays red (red indicates it is off). When I boot to Vista the adapter light turns blue (for on) and I get wireless connection to the internet. The adapter also works fine when I boot to Partition Magic from a usb flash drive. I can't find anything relevant in the BIOS settings.

Any help would be appreciated.

Below is output of several programs that showed up most often as diagnostics in the topics I have searched thru.

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When I boot to mint, I get this "notification" in the lower right corner of the screen
"Network Disconnected - you are working offline now"


ldp@ldp-Presario-F500-GF593UA-ABA ~ $ mintwifi
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
  -- Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 02)
      ==> PCI ID = 14e4:4311 (rev 02)
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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 00:1b:24:6b:bf:3a 
          UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
          RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

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:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)

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* V. querying DHCP...
[sudo] password for ldp:
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached



ldp@ldp-Presario-F500-GF593UA-ABA ~ $ rfkill list all
0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: no

ldp@ldp-Presario-F500-GF593UA-ABA ~ $ sudo lshw -c network
  *-network               
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       version: 02
       width: 64 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
       resources: irq:20 memory:b8000000-b8003fff


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Re: Broadcom BCM4311 wifi adapter disabled by boot to mint14

Postby jungle_boy on Thu Jan 24, 2013 8:59 pm

Your driver runs with b43 driver and it is supported 100%

Plug a wired network and:

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sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer
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Re: Broadcom BCM4311 wifi adapter disabled by boot to mint14

Postby oldp on Thu Jan 24, 2013 9:11 pm

Thanks for the suggestion.

I am pretty remote with no wired access. I'll try to get to the library in town tomorrow and use theirs. If it does not snow again ;-)

Anyway to extract whatever makes the Parted Magic work from the Parted Magic iso?

Thanks again.
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Re: Broadcom BCM4311 wifi adapter disabled by boot to mint14

Postby jungle_boy on Thu Jan 24, 2013 10:22 pm

I don't know parted magic; I like and use Gparted, included in Linuxmint iso.

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Re: Broadcom BCM4311 wifi adapter disabled by boot to mint14

Postby Detonate on Fri Jan 25, 2013 9:18 am

I have this problem every time I install a new distro or upgrade and exiting distro on my old laptop with a Broadcom device. Have to install the B43 drivers. Hard to get a wired connection, but luckily I have a Linksys WUSB 100 USB wireless device which works in Linux out of the box. I plug this in and then I am able to download the necessary packages to get the B43 device working. So if you can't get to a place where you can use a wired connection this is an option.
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