[SOLVED] Dell Latitude D610 - Mint 13 Xfce - no wireless

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[SOLVED] Dell Latitude D610 - Mint 13 Xfce - no wireless

Postby lswarte on Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:51 am

All night I've been busy getting my Dell Latitude D610 wirelessly connected to the internet with unfortunately no results.

To start with, here is the result for the sudo /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py command:

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latitude@latitude-Latitude-D610 ~/Bureaublad $ sudo /usr/lib/linuxmint/mintWifi/mintWifi.py
[sudo] password for latitude:
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* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
  -- Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11a/b/g (rev 03)
      ==> PCI ID = 14e4:4324 (rev 03)
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* II. querying ndiswrapper...
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* III. querying iwconfig...
lo        no wireless extensions.

wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any 
          Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=0 dBm   
          Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Encryption key:off
          Power Management:on
         
eth0      no wireless extensions.

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* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:12:3f:07:4a:cc 
          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:16

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:24 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:24 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
          RX bytes:1680 (1.6 KB)  TX bytes:1680 (1.6 KB)

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* V. querying DHCP...
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* VI. querying nslookup google.com...
;; connection timed out; no servers could be reached


What have I been doing furthermore?

I ran the command lspci -vnn -d 14e4:

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03:03.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4324] (rev 03)
    Subsystem: Dell Truemobile 1450 MiniPCI [1028:0003]
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
    Memory at dfcfe000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb


Hence, the chip ID is BCM4360 (rev 03) and the PCI-ID is [14e4:4324] and the kernel driver in use is b43-pci-bridge.

The output for sudo lshw -C network is

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*-network
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4306 802.11a/b/g
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 3
       bus info: pci@0000:03:03.0
       version: 03
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master
       configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=64
       resources: irq:17 memory:dfcfe000-dfcfffff
  *-network DISABLED
       description: Wireless interface
       physical id: 2
       logical name: wlan0
       serial: 00:90:4b:dd:7d:cd
       capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43 driverversion=3.2.0-23-generic firmware=N/A link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg


My conclusion is that the b43-pci-bridge driver is used, but the firmware is not available. Strange?

Than I ran
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sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer


but it had no result. So I removed it, and than I ran
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sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43legacy-installer

but that also had no result.

So far I've been reading a lot about the BCM4306 vs b43-pci-bridge driver, but I haven't found any solutions for my laptop.

Is there anybody out there who can help me?

With kind regards,
Last edited by lswarte on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:39 pm, edited 1 time in total.
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Re: Dell Latitude D610 - Mint 13 Xfce - no wireless

Postby lswarte on Mon Mar 25, 2013 4:07 am

Anybody any suggestions?
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Re: Dell Latitude D610 - Mint 13 Xfce - no wireless

Postby edwardr on Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:00 pm

I'm not sure if this works in Mint 13, but look to see if this tool is available.

Connect the laptop to the internet using a wired connection then run the "Software Sources" tool from "Menu->Preferences->Software Sources" and click on the "Additional Drivers" tab. You should see a recommended driver for "Broadcom" or "wireless". Select it and install it. You may need to logout and back in, or restart, I'm not sure. Let us know if it works!
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Re: Dell Latitude D610 - Mint 13 Xfce - no wireless

Postby lswarte on Wed Mar 27, 2013 1:39 pm

According to this:
http://us.generation-nt.com/bug-652821-%20...%2018731.html
it turned out I needed newer firmware than was included with Mint13.

Thanks to PC Spec Net from the Peppermint OS forum the problem was solved in the following way:

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sudo apt-get remove --purge firmware-b43-installer firmware-b43legacy-installer b43-fwcutter

then
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sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter

then
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mkdir ~/Desktop/delete-me

then
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cd ~/Desktop/delete-me

then
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wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2

then
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wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o

then
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tar -xvjf broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2

then
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sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3/driver/wl_apsta/wl_prebuilt.o

then
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sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o

then
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sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/b43

then
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sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/b43legacy

then
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sudo modprobe -r b43

(don't worry if that command fails .. just carry on below)
then
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sudo modprobe b43

And that made my wireless card spring to life!
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