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<SOLVED> Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection

Postby smpk111 on Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:46 am

Hi,
Yesterday, I installed linux mint 14 cinnamon on Dell inspiron 1545. I used to work with Ubuntu using wubi installation, never had any problems. Here, for some reason even the wired connection is not recognized. I tried some of the options discussed here, for e.g adding f43 (or similar to that) in /etc/modules. Didn't help. There are also lengthy procedures I found on the net, for which I have to download many files. Is there a shortcut to solve this. Otherwise, I think it would be better to switch Ubuntu. Tx for the help.
sudo /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py
[sudo] password
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
==> PCI ID = 14e4:4315 (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 a4:ba:db:a6:48:eb
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)
Interrupt:18

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:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:240 (240.0 B) TX bytes:240 (240.0 B)

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* V. querying DHCP...
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 11:55 am

I downloaded b43-fwcutter, broadcom firmware after switching to windows 7 and used a code similar to this
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sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3/driver/wl_apsta/wl_prebuilt.o


The error message was:
sudo b43-fwcutter command not found

I checked some google links with this error message, but so far I was not able to work.

How do I uninstall linux mint? I installed by partitioning the drive.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:03 pm

Hi,

Please help.
I tried many options available on the net. So far, none is working.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby AlbertP on Sat Feb 02, 2013 2:56 pm

For the 4312, you need to install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer from the repository when connected to wired internet.

But since your wired internet is not working either, we'll first have to fix that. Please run inxi -N in terminal and post the output: there we'll also see the wired ethernet chip of your computer.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Sat Feb 02, 2013 4:42 pm

Thanks Albert for the reply.
I tried the codes you suggested.
Inspiron-1545 ~ $ inxi -N
Network: Card-1: Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY driver: b43-pci-bridge
Card-2: Marvell 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller driver: sky2
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby AlbertP on Sun Feb 03, 2013 8:18 am

Your wired ethernet should just work. Could you post the output of:
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ifconfig

Are you sure that your wired connection doesn't need any special configuration like setting the DNS server?

Maybe it's also useful to post the kernel log. You can run dmesg > dmesg.txt in terminal, then attach the dmesg.txt file which is found in your home folder, to your forum post.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 12:09 pm

Dear Albert,
Thanks.
I attached .doc format, as .txt format is not getting attached.
ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr a4:ba:db:a6:48:eb
inet6 addr: fe80::a6ba:dbff:fea6:48eb/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:376 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:15 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:23762 (23.7 KB) TX bytes:4025 (4.0 KB)
Interrupt:18

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:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:240 (240.0 B) TX bytes:240 (240.0 B)
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby AlbertP on Sun Feb 03, 2013 2:55 pm

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[   16.335721] sky2 0000:09:00.0: >eth0: Link is up at 100 Mbps, full duplex, flow control rx
[   16.336225] IPv6: ADDRCONF(NETDEV_CHANGE): eth0: link becomes ready


eth0 is not assigned an IP address in the ifconfig output. Are you sure your ethernet connection doesn't need a fixed IP to be assigned?

Otherwise try downloading Marvell's driver from http://www.marvell.com/support/downloads/: choose 88E8040 at the left, then download the "Kernel 2.6.x Linux Driver Install Package for Yukon Devices".
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Sun Feb 03, 2013 11:12 pm

Dear Albert,
I tried to fix the wired connection. But, it seems like I can't change OFF mode to ON. It just changes the position from ON to OFF and the options are therefore not visible.
Downloaded the Marvells' driver. But, I am experiencing difficulty in installing it. I followed the README file after the file was untarred
tar xvjf install_v10.92.1.3.tar.bz2
./install.sh
./install.sh: 44: ./functions: Syntax error: "(" unexpected

Tried ./configure, it is not working.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby AlbertP on Mon Feb 04, 2013 5:06 am

You said that Ubuntu was working. That could possibly be because Ubuntu also installs kernel updates by default: you can install the updates to linux-headers and linux-image from Synaptic Package Manager (Status > installed (upgradeable) at the left).
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Mon Feb 04, 2013 9:50 am

Dear Albert,

I installed ubuntu through wubi. It was on dell xps 15z. Its harddrive got broken. So, I switched to dell inspiron 1545. It doesn't have linux.

When I used the command:
sudo bash ./install.sh
It showed 4 options: 1. installation 2....., I tried the first one. Then, it asked for whether to remove the already existing drivers. After providing the option 'No", I got a fatal error message, and the installation stopped.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Wed Feb 06, 2013 5:03 pm

Seems like I have to return back to Ubuntu. I tried many days for either wired/wireless connection. Both of them seems to be not working.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby AlbertP on Thu Feb 07, 2013 5:19 am

Alternatively you could try to get wifi working by installing the Broadcom STA driver. You can download it from here:
http://ubuntu.mirror.cambrium.nl/ubuntu ... 3_i386.deb (32-bit)
http://ubuntu.mirror.cambrium.nl/ubuntu ... _amd64.deb (64-bit)

You can just double-click that DEB package to install it.

Usually I prefer using the b43 driver on the 4312 chip but that one is harder to install with no ethernet.

Also, you said you had run Ubuntu on a different laptop? Then probably on this laptop Ubuntu won't work either. Mint 14 is based on Ubuntu 12.10.
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Re: Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection not work

Postby smpk111 on Thu Feb 07, 2013 1:36 pm

Dear Albert,

You are the best!
Thank you very much for helping me.

I was able to connect to wifi now.
Have a great day!
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Re: <SOLVED> Dell inspiron 1545 wireless or wired connection

Postby ainan on Fri Mar 08, 2013 4:07 am

This driver works for my Dell Inspiron 1464 Laptop. I'm using Linux Mint 14 Cinnamon Nadia 64bit.. great
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