Broadcom (BCM94311MCG) Wireless Card will not fully connect.

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Broadcom (BCM94311MCG) Wireless Card will not fully connect.

Postby Dracojk » Thu Mar 27, 2008 7:55 pm

The card appears to be working fine, it can detect and attempt to connect to networks, but it will not complete the connection. (I get the first little green bubble, but not the second) It repeatedly asks for the wireless key, and will not connect.

I'm sure the key is correct, what else could be causing this issue? :oops:

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Re: Broadcom (BCM94311MCG) Wireless Card will not fully connect.

Postby edav » Thu Mar 27, 2008 8:13 pm


Sounds like the key you enter is not correct or the encryption method is not the one your AP is waiting for. Check the WiFi channel (11?), the key number (up to 4 usually), the WEP encryption depth (48-bit or 128-bit) or the WPA passphrase if any and... if it uses some capital characters, of course ;-)


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Re: Broadcom (BCM94311MCG) Wireless Card will not fully connect.

Postby MagnusB » Fri Mar 28, 2008 4:20 am

You need ndiswrapper for this card, not bcm43xx, and the version shipped with Mint can be troublesome, so you need to compile a newer version. I'll give you a quick run down on what you need to do, ask if you need more information:
First, get build-essentials:

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sudo aptitude install build-essential

Then, remove ndiswrapper, ndiswrapper utils and bcm43xx-fwcutter:

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sudo aptitude remove ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9
sudo aptitude remove bcm43xx-fwcutter

Now we are ready for compiling, first get the source tarball:

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Extract it:

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tar xvzf ndiswrapper-1.52.tar.gz

Now we are ready to compile:

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cd ndiswrapper*
make distclean
sudo make install

Now ndiswrapper should be installed, get the driver from here, and untar it:

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tar -xzvf WLANBroadcom.tar.gz

Make sure it is saved in your home directory (/home/username/)
Give me a word if the download link fails, I have a copy at home.
Now you need to edit a few config files, to blacklist bcm43xx and load ndiswrapper at boot:

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sudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist

blacklist bcm43xx


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sudo gedit /etc/modules


Now to install the driver:

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sudo ndiswrapper -i bcmwl5.inf
ndiswrapper -l

The last one should list the installed driver, if it does use:

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sudo ndiswrapper -m

Then reboot and it should be working fine.
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