Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311 [SOLVED]

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Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311 [SOLVED]

Postby computerguybry on Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:01 pm

Here is what I have:

mint15@mint15-Inspiron-1501 ~ $ inxi -N
Network: Card-1: Broadcom BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX driver: b44
Card-2: Broadcom BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN driver: b43-pci-bridge


Does anyone know the fix for BCM4311?

thanks
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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby nomko on Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:06 pm

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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby computerguybry on Thu Sep 12, 2013 12:44 pm

Thanks, I tried some of the suggestions from that but nothing helped. Here is a bit more info:

mint15@mint15-Inspiron-1501 ~ $ lspci -vnn -d 14e4:
05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:0007]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge

08:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
Memory at c0300000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
Capabilities: <access denied>
Kernel driver in use: b44

This looks like Mint 15 may not be able to work with the wifi card. Any help??
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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby AlbertP on Thu Sep 12, 2013 4:33 pm

Please install firmware-b43-installer from the repository / Software Manager. You need an internet connection for that, you can for example connect to wired internet to install this package.
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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby computerguybry on Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:29 pm

Thanks, I had tried that. Rebooted, didn't work, so I uninstalled it. But since you suggested it, I reinstalled, rebooted, but unfortunately, still doesn't work.

Should I leave it on and try something else?

thanks for your efforts to help!!!!
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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby AlbertP on Fri Sep 13, 2013 4:52 am

Please don't just uninstall it when it doesn't work. Please leave firmware-b43-installer installed. When you reboot after installation, what do you see if you click the network icon in the tray?
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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby computerguybry on Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:31 pm

Wifi networks is grayed out and can't be selected. When I first turn it on, a popup at the top says wifi disconnected.
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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby computerguybry on Fri Sep 13, 2013 8:46 pm

I decided to check whether it was blocked and it was. Ran rfkill list all and saw the block. Hit my fn/F2 and then tried again and can get on!!!

Thanks, you were right. That fixed it.

I appreciate you staying with me on this!!
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Re: Mint 15 can't connect with BCM4311

Postby AlbertP on Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:07 am

If you think your problem is solved please edit the first post to add [SOLVED] to the topic title.

If you still get hard or soft blocks in rfkill all the time, please post the output of rfkill list (when it's blocked) to this topic, and post your laptop model.
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