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headsign
November 28th, 2008, 09:07 PM
Unfortunately, since the upgrade to Intrepid Ibex, both network cards, one being a Linksys WPC54G (Broadcom 43xx) WiFi card and the other a Netgear FA411 Ethernet card are not recognized anymore.

I spent hours wading through threads and trying to install patches. I am sad and tired. Has anybody got a comprehensive method of getting at least one card to work on this old Ispiron 7000?

Thanks

edit: I forgot to mention that those are PCMCIA cards.

Coreigh
November 28th, 2008, 09:09 PM
Do they (either one) work when you boot from the LiveCD? Xubuntu OR Ubuntu CD.

Ayuthia
November 28th, 2008, 10:18 PM
Can you post the results of:

lspci -nn
lshw -C network

headsign
November 29th, 2008, 09:34 AM
Can you post the results of:

lspci -nn
lshw -C network

Here are the results with the Linksys card inserted. Shall I do the same thing with the Netgear PCMCIA Ethernet controller inside?

By the way: the latter shows network activity, or at least the green "link" LED is blinking during some operations, but it does not seem to be recognized by the system itself.



headsign@headsign-ubuntu:~$ sudo lshw -C network
[sudo] password for headsign:
*-network
description: 802.11b CardBus
vendor: Broadcom
physical id: 0
version: 8.0
slot: Socket 1
resources: irq:11
*-network
description: Network controller
product: BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 0
bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list
configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=64 module=ssb
*-network:0 DISABLED
description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 1
logical name: pan0
serial: 3a:01:8c:e5:cc:a3
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes
*-network:1 DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 2
logical name: wlan0
serial: 00:0f:66:97:c2:0d
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg


...sorry: this part keeps on erasing the "code"-end tag...

headsign@headsign-ubuntu:~$ lspci -nn
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX Host bridge [8086:7190] (rev 02)
00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 440BX/ZX/DX - 82443BX/ZX/DX AGP bridge [8086:7191] (rev 02)
00:04.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI1220 [104c:ac17] (rev 02)
00:04.1 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI1220 [104c:ac17] (rev 02)
00:07.0 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ISA [8086:7110] (rev 02)
00:07.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 IDE [8086:7111] (rev 01)
00:07.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 USB [8086:7112] (rev 01)
00:07.3 Bridge [0680]: Intel Corporation 82371AB/EB/MB PIIX4 ACPI [8086:7113] (rev 02)
00:08.0 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: ESS Technology ES1968 Maestro 2 [125d:1968]
01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc 3D Rage LT Pro AGP-133 [1002:4c42] (rev dc)
06:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)

headsign
November 29th, 2008, 10:39 AM
Do they (either one) work when you boot from the LiveCD? Xubuntu OR Ubuntu CD.

Well first of all I have an Ubuntu 8.04 live CD but no Xubuntu 8.1 live CD. The latter is alternate and offers no live session.
I tried the Ubuntu 8.04 live CD. Result: for the Lynsys WPC54G card, it offers to install a proprietary driver via fwcutter, which is a Broadcom 43 driver but is unable to perform this installation due to not being connected to the internet.
The Netgear FA411 card works "right out of the box" from the live CD.

Ayuthia
November 30th, 2008, 04:15 AM
Well first of all I have an Ubuntu 8.04 live CD but no Xubuntu 8.1 live CD. The latter is alternate and offers no live session.
I tried the Ubuntu 8.04 live CD. Result: for the Lynsys WPC54G card, it offers to install a proprietary driver via fwcutter, which is a Broadcom 43 driver but is unable to perform this installation due to not being connected to the internet.
The Netgear FA411 card works "right out of the box" from the live CD.

The only thing that I can provide for your Linksys card is this link (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6028741&postcount=4). It has the instructions on what you need to download so that you can install it in Ubuntu.

As for the Netgear card, if you use the live CD, can you still use the card out of the box? If so, please go into the Terminal and check:

lshw -C networkso that you can see what driver it is using. There is a chance that the driver is not loaded after the install. That is my guess. If you are not for sure about how to load/unload a driver, please post the results of lshw -C network from the live CD.

headsign
November 30th, 2008, 11:42 AM
It works (the broadcom card)! :) Many thanks to you, Ayuthia.

I will try to fix the Netgear card later today.

headsign
December 3rd, 2008, 04:54 PM
One last question (for now): how do I get Xubuntu to activate the driver automatically after a reboot?

Ayuthia
December 3rd, 2008, 09:00 PM
I am not for sure if I fully understand the question. If you are saying that the b43 driver is not loading when the system boots up:

echo b43 | sudo tee -a /etc/modulesShould add the module for you. However, you will want to check and see if the b43 module is currently blacklisted:

cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist|grep b43If it returns:

blacklist b43then you will need to remove it or comment it out:

gksu gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklistI am not for sure if gksu or gedit are applications in Xubuntu or not so if it isn't just use your favorite editor in sudo mode so that you can update the file. If you want to comment out the line instead of deleting the line, make the line look like:

#blacklist b43

If you are just wanting to have it connect to a particular site, I am not an expert on this one. I tend to do things manually. I am also not too familiar with Xubuntu so I am not for sure if it has some kind of network manager equivalent or not, but it should be able to automatically connect for you. If it does not, here is a link that might help:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=571188
This is kevdog's guide for manual connections. At the end he has a way to have your system connect to a particular access point at boot.

Hope that helps.

headsign
December 5th, 2008, 02:50 PM
Thank you. Sorry for being misunderstandable. It was indeed blacklisted. This must have happened while previously experimenting with several recipies on how to make the Wifi card work.