Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4306

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Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4306

Post by RandyU » Fri Mar 07, 2014 3:14 pm

Hi,
I've searched forum and tried a few things but no luck. Been going back and forth between Windows XP internet for solutions and then trying on Linux with USB. Here's sudo lshw -c network for starters. I want to get to install and run on harddrive. Thanks in advance.

$ sudo lshw -c network
*-network:0
description: Ethernet interface
product: BCM4401 100Base-T
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 1
bus info: pci@0000:02:01.0
logical name: eth0
version: 01
serial: 00:0d:56:38:85:92
size: 10Mbit/s
capacity: 100Mbit/s
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=half latency=32 link=no multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=10Mbit/s
resources: irq:7 memory:faffe000-faffffff
*-network:1
description: Network controller
product: BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:02:02.0
version: 02
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=32
resources: irq:11 memory:faffc000-faffdfff
*-network DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 2
logical name: wlan0
serial: 00:90:4b:14:6b:0f
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43legacy driverversion=3.2.0-23-generic firmware=N/A link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
mint@mint ~ $

Sincerely,
Randy
Last edited by RandyU on Thu Mar 13, 2014 11:30 am, edited 3 times in total.

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by RandyU » Fri Mar 07, 2014 10:29 pm

okay, I've made some progress, hopefully in the right direction. Contrary to the title subject of this thread, I think I actually have a BCM4306 card. I've installed Mint on my hard drive next to Windows. I've installed B43legacy thru terminal, as terminal told me B43 installer was not compatible, but to try B43legacy. My wireless network now shows up in the the tray along with ethernet. However, I keep inputting my wireless network key and it keeps trying to connect but never does. So the problem now is is everything I've done okay? If then, why can't it connect?
Thanks,
Randy

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by dagon » Sat Mar 08, 2014 12:52 am

Hello!
RandyU wrote: Contrary to the title subject of this thread, I think I actually have a BCM4306 card.
You have both. The BCM4401 takes care of the Ethernet cable and the BCM4306 is for the Wireless connection.

I moved this topic to the Wireless section to hook you up with the wireless people... 8)

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by RandyU » Sat Mar 08, 2014 3:12 am

Thanks, looking forward to hearing from them.

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Re: Mint 13 LTS mintwifi posted

Post by RandyU » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:40 am

sorry guys, was transferred here didn't see requirement until just now, but here it is:

$ mintwifi
-------------------------
* I. scanning WIFI PCI devices...
-- Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
==> PCI ID = 14e4:4320 (rev 02)
-------------------------
* II. querying ndiswrapper...
-------------------------
* III. querying iwconfig...
lo no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off

eth0 no wireless extensions.

-------------------------
* IV. querying ifconfig...
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0d:56:38:85:92
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:7

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)

wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:90:4b:14:6b:0f
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)

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

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by pettijohne » Sun Mar 09, 2014 4:07 pm

try this from a terminal and let us know what it says.

rfkill list

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dell truemobile 1300 wlan mini-pci card

Post by RandyU » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:46 pm

okay some more info
I have dual boot windowXP-OEM and now linux on Dell Inspiron 5100 laptop
in windows, device manager says I have dell truemobile 1300 wlan mini-pci card with the driver provided by Broadcom

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rfkill list

Post by RandyU » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:48 pm

woops, did't see rfkill list before I posted,
will boot into Mint and report bad

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$ rfkill list

Post by RandyU » Sun Mar 09, 2014 5:58 pm

randy@Dell-Randy ~ $ rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no
randy@Dell-Randy ~ $

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by pettijohne » Sun Mar 09, 2014 9:54 pm

try "lsmod" and see if you see b43 anywhere. If not try sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer.

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by RandyU » Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:09 pm

I had previously installed b43lagecy because terminal told me b43 was not compatible


randy@Dell-Randy ~ $ lsmod
Module Size Used by
rfcomm 38139 0
bnep 17830 2
bluetooth 158438 10 rfcomm,bnep
parport_pc 32114 0
ppdev 12849 0
snd_intel8x0 33455 2
binfmt_misc 17292 1
snd_ac97_codec 106082 1 snd_intel8x0
joydev 17393 0
ac97_bus 12642 1 snd_ac97_codec
snd_pcm 80845 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
arc4 12473 2
snd_seq_midi 13132 0
b43legacy 127187 0
radeon 729591 2
snd_rawmidi 25424 1 snd_seq_midi
mac80211 436455 1 b43legacy
snd_seq_midi_event 14475 1 snd_seq_midi
pcmcia 39791 0
snd_seq 51567 2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
dcdbas 14098 0
snd_timer 28931 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
snd_seq_device 14172 3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
ttm 65344 1 radeon
drm_kms_helper 45466 1 radeon
snd 62064 11 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
psmouse 87140 0
serio_raw 13027 0
yenta_socket 27428 0
drm 197692 4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
pcmcia_rsrc 18367 1 yenta_socket
soundcore 14635 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 14115 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
pcmcia_core 21511 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,pcmcia_rsrc
cfg80211 178679 2 b43legacy,mac80211
i2c_algo_bit 13199 1 radeon
mac_hid 13077 0
video 19068 0
shpchp 32325 0
lp 17455 0
parport 40930 3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
b44 31412 0
firewire_ohci 40180 0
firewire_core 56906 1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 12627 1 firewire_core
ssb 50691 2 b43legacy,b44
randy@Dell-Randy ~ $

get internet connection now, but it disconnects frequently,
thanks so much for you help, woops just disconnected again, need to wait for reconnection before sending

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by RandyU » Mon Mar 10, 2014 12:37 pm

no wireless is solved
should i start a new thread for frequent disconnects or can we just continue this thread?

Thank You

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by RandyU » Mon Mar 10, 2014 2:37 pm

Searching around I see some success with installing https://launchpad.net/wicd
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WICD

Should I try this? And if I did, what method should I use? I have downloaded
wicd-1.7.2.4.tar.gz
So could I just install this by some kind of install command?

Thanks for any help>
Randy


What is WICD?

WICD (pronounced like wicked) is an open source wired and wireless manager for Linux which aims to provide a simple interface to connect to networks with a wide variety of settings. It provides support only for wired and wireless networks (no fancy VPNs, DSL routing and such), but it's a good alternative if NetworkManager gives you problems.

Installing WICD

For Gnome / Unity

Open up a Terminal and execute the following commands:

First, we download the latest NetworkManager, in case we need to reinstall if WICD doesn't works:

sudo apt-get install -d --reinstall network-manager network-manager-gnome
Then we install WICD:

sudo apt-get install wicd-gtk

And only then do we uninstall NetworkManager:

sudo apt-get remove --purge network-manager-gnome network-manager

For KDE (Kubuntu)

Open up a Terminal and execute the following commands:

First, we download the latest NetworkManager, in case we need to reinstall if WICD doesn't works:

sudo apt-get install -d --reinstall network-manager plasma-widget-networkmanagement
Then we install WICD:

sudo apt-get install wicd-kde

And only then do we uninstall NetworkManager:

sudo apt-get remove --purge plasma-widget-networkmanagement network-manager

Configuring WICD

You can access WICD either through Applications / Internet / WICD, or by clicking on the tray icon --in KDE, you may have to add it by hand by right-clicking the triangle that shows the hidden icons in the System Tray (far right on the Task Bar), selecting System Tray Preferences and marking "Wicd client" on the Extra elements list.

Once you click on the Systray widget, you should see a list of available networks. Click on "Properties" (the wrench icon, or an arrow for older versions) next to the network you want to connect to to specify your network address or Access Point's password, if required:

Mark Use Encryption
Select the type of encryption of your AP (usually WPA 1/2 Hex or WEP Hex).
Write your AP's password in Key.

Also select Automatically connect to this network if you want to do so. Once you're done configuring it, go to the connection list again and click on it's name this time to connect to it.

Reverting to NetworkManager

For Gnome / Unity

Open up a Terminal and execute the following commands:

Install NetworkManager:

sudo apt-get install network-manager-gnome network-manager
Then remove WICD:

sudo apt-get remove --purge wicd wicd-gtk
Finally, restart your system.

For KDE (Kubuntu)

Open up a Terminal and execute the following commands:

Install NetworkManager:

sudo apt-get install plasma-widget-networkmanagement network-manager
Then remove WICD:

sudo apt-get remove --purge wicd wicd-kde
Finally, restart your system.

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by pettijohne » Mon Mar 10, 2014 4:01 pm

I guess it is worth a shot but try this out found it on another post.



Re: Broadcom 4318 not working with LM 16 32 bit

Postby kazoo_LM on Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:03 am
I do not profess to be a linux guru at all. But I had similar issues with the B43 drivers before and recalled in order to correct it, i had to remove the b43 from the blacklist. I recently installed LinuxMint 16 on an older Gateway laptop with the "Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01) pci card..(lspci)
I did use the software manager to install the b43-fwcutter and firmware-b43-installer and it still did not recognize the wireless adapter under network connections. I eventaully tried a few things, and found that removing the "b43" from the blacklist in "/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist-bcm43.conf" (simply comment the line out using "#" ). IF, this doesn't work, try to also comment out the "blacklist bcm43xx" in the "/etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf" ..After a reboot, my network connections identified my WI-FI SSID's, provided the passwords, and waalaa. Sweet!
good luck..

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Re: Mint 13 LTS MATE running on USB no wireless BCM4401

Post by ivansv » Mon Mar 10, 2014 10:21 pm

i have 4306 rev2,pain in the neck to work with. if u can get on the internet with your ethernet just type in 'apt-get install firmware-b43legacy-installer' after that 'modprobe b43legacy', u may have to sudo to use thesse commands
thats the easy part, but if u cannot access the web your procedure is a little different, the driver u need is b43 legacy to get it you have to get 'b43-fwcutter' if you have no connection the cutter is in the install cdrom or dvdrom and u can get it from there. u also need the driver -wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o- which u can also google it an find it put it in a cdrw and load it in.
then go to theterminal and type in 'sudo b43-fwcutter -w ;lib/firmware wl_apsta.......' and voila out comes the b43legacy driver whic will be installed in /lib/firmware then

modprobe b43legacy
reboot and your wireless will be there.
the difficult part is getting the fwcutter from the cdrom youll have to play with it with a cmd like 'cd /cdrom/pool/main/b/b43-fwcutter and then sudo dpkg -i b43-fwcutter'
good luck its a pain that i endure for several days.

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Mint 13 LTS MATE

Post by RandyU » Tue Mar 11, 2014 9:12 pm

Thanks for all the support.

I have a wireless dell truemobile 1300 wlan mini-pci card on Inspiron 5100 laptop.
I installed b43legacy driver.
Pretty sure I did the modprobe b43legacy.

Still I had a very bad connection, hard to connect, frequent drops.
My router was set to a fixed channel, changed that to AUTO
Set my router to NO security, then got connection but still frequent drops.
Found security option that worked with all my devices WEP-open. Still wifi problems/connection.

I think I used sudo nano /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
Found bcm43xx blacklisted and commented it out with #.

Still usually long to connect, disconnects, constant asking for wireless authentication of password which was already there.

Found this application network-manager 0.9.8.4-0ubuntu4~mtrudel1 from ppa:mathieu-tl
Run to install
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:mathieu-tl/ppa
sudo apt-get update
Went to GUI Package Manager and installed network-manager-openconnect 0.9.4.0-0ubuntu1.1 ~mtrudel1
and this (maybe dependency done automatically?) network-manager-openconnect-gnome 0.9.4.0-0ubuntu1.1 ~mtrudel1
I've a had couple of reboots and seems to connect right up,

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