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    9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    As happens often when I do a fresh install, I have to find the drivers.

    With the new layout, I am unsure of what to do. I am not super familiar with synaptic, and am not sure what to install. Any suggestions? I have a wireless card that worked with 9.04, but now after a clean install of 9.10, no such luck!

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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    Quote Originally Posted by LeGuille View Post
    As happens often when I do a fresh install, I have to find the drivers.

    With the new layout, I am unsure of what to do. I am not super familiar with synaptic, and am not sure what to install. Any suggestions? I have a wireless card that worked with 9.04, but now after a clean install of 9.10, no such luck!
    AFTER some researching, I downloaded ndiswrapper, and ran it to find my card. After finding the card, I also installed the BCM driver from the CD. No luck. I then tried the STA driver. No luck. Again, the problem persists and I am not sure why neither driver has been able to read the card, when in Jaunty it was understood.

    When right-clicking the Connection symbol, I do not even get the option.

    Code:
    0b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    I ran synaptic, and the jockey-gtk is installed. Is there anything else I can try?

    Linux Wiki does not even list this driver under the Broadcom series. So, now I am stuck.

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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    Do you have a button that is for use on an airplane to disconnect your network? Mine on a Dell 1545 is the F2 button. Press it once, then, check to see if that enables your wireless, don't know how many times I have done this.
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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    Hi guys,
    Any success fixing it? I have the same wireless card Broadcom 4312. Checked everything. driver is definitely loaded. But wireless connection doesnt get created. It worked pretty well with Interpid and jaunty.

    Can anyone suggest something?

    lshw -C network
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
    vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 12
    serial: 00:21:9b:d0:68:6f
    size: 100MB/s
    capacity: 100MB/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sky2 driverversion=1.23 duplex=full firmware=N/A ip=10.0.0.4 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s
    resources: irq:27 memory:fe8fc000-fe8fffff ioport:de00(size=256)
    *-network
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4312 802.11b/g
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
    resources: irq:17 memory:fe7fc000-fe7fffff

    lsmod
    --------------------
    vikas@vikas-laptop:~$ lsmod | grep b43
    b43 122136 0
    mac80211 181236 1 b43
    cfg80211 93052 2 b43,mac80211
    led_class 4096 2 b43,sdhci
    ssb 35300 1 b43

    Any other info needed to look into it?

    please suggest.

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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    Quote Originally Posted by vikas.sood View Post
    Hi guys,
    Any success fixing it? I have the same wireless card Broadcom 4312. Checked everything. driver is definitely loaded. But wireless connection doesnt get created. It worked pretty well with Interpid and jaunty.

    Can anyone suggest something?

    lshw -C network
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller
    vendor: Marvell Technology Group Ltd.
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:09:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 12
    serial: 00:21:9b:d0:68:6f
    size: 100MB/s
    capacity: 100MB/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=sky2 driverversion=1.23 duplex=full firmware=N/A ip=10.0.0.4 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s
    resources: irq:27 memory:fe8fc000-fe8fffff ioport:de00(size=256)
    *-network
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4312 802.11b/g
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:0b:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
    resources: irq:17 memory:fe7fc000-fe7fffff

    lsmod
    --------------------
    vikas@vikas-laptop:~$ lsmod | grep b43
    b43 122136 0
    mac80211 181236 1 b43
    cfg80211 93052 2 b43,mac80211
    led_class 4096 2 b43,sdhci
    ssb 35300 1 b43

    Any other info needed to look into it?

    please suggest.
    When you say definately loaded, do you mean you have used system hardware drivers to download it or it is showing in that menu? The reason I ask is the Ubuntu system cannot do that for you because the drivers are proprietary to Dell, which means there would be a conflict in legality if they put that in their system, but, you can do it. Then I would look at your settings in Edit Conections to see if changing your IPv4 settings from Automatic DHCP to Automatic DHCP Addresses Only or vice versus makes a difference. Try setting IPv6 to ingnore or automatic, check all your numbers and periods and make sure there are no commas or hyphens instead of equal signs.(cross your T's and dot you I's) as it were. Then get back to me.
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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    Here's how to get the Broadcom STA driver working. You will need to run these commands in a terminal.

    1. sudo apt-get remove b43-fwcutter bcmwl-kernel-source ndisgtk ndiswrapper linux-backports-modules-karmic

    Removes packages that could conflict with each other.

    2. ls /etc/modprobe.d | grep blacklist

    This lists the contents of the /etc/modprobe.d folder. Check the output of this command and make sure that there isn't a folder called *b43.conf, *bcm43.conf, *ssb.conf, or *wl.conf. If there is, rename the file by typing: sudo mv thefile.conf newnameofthefile.conf.backup

    3. sudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source

    This actually installs the Broadcom STA driver.

    4. sudo cat /etc/modules

    This lists the contents of the /etc/modules file. Check the output of the command and see if there is a line that says wl. If not, run echo "wl" | sudo tee -a /etc/modules. That appends "wl" to a new line at the end of the file.

    5. Restart your computer and enjoy your wireless! By the way, I noticed that you said that you right-clicked the network icon --> you're supposed to "regular"-click it.
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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    chenxiaolong said:
    "By the way, I noticed that you said that you right-clicked the network icon --> you're supposed to "regular"-click it."
    Both buttons do the same thing in this instance. Sometimes a left click only gets you an abbreviated menu. Thanks for the input.
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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    Right clicking the network icon can get to "Edit Connections" (like System > Preferences > Network Connnections). I did not even know how to see other wireless networks until you mentioned regular (left) click.

    I just got a Dell 15 today that I am setting up for someone. When trying persistent Mint8 live/install iso bootable USB I could not get BCM4312 working, enabling Broadcom STA, rebooting, and sudo modprobe -v wl (which had worked for BCM4311 on live Ubuntu on USB) or by installing bcmwl-kernel-source. Apparently Mint8 ends up with kernel driver b43-pci-bridge that interferes with wl module.

    But when I booted a regular 64-bit Unbuntu 9.10 installation on USB hard drive with Broadcom STA enabled for BCM4311 on older Dell, it simply worked on the newer Dell 15 with BCM4312. I am on it now with BCM4312 working (wireless DSL speed tested fine at 5.063 Mbps download and 655.09 kbps upload).

    Code:
    0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Dell Device 000c
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
        Memory at f69fc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
        Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information <?>
        Capabilities: [e8] Message Signalled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/0 Enable-
        Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
        Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting <?>
        Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel <?>
        Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number 4c-90-81-ff-ff-e5-f3-c1
        Capabilities: [16c] Power Budgeting <?>
        Kernel driver in use: wl
        Kernel modules: wl, ssb
    
    efflandt@efflandt-passport:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth5      no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0_rename  IEEE 802.11  Nickname:""
              Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Link Quality:2  Signal level:186  Noise level:166
              Rx invalid nwid:0  invalid crypt:0  invalid misc:0
    
    efflandt@efflandt-passport:~$ ifconfig
    eth5      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 00:25:64:81:46:18  
              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:18 
    
    eth0_rename Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr 90:4c:e5:81:c1:f3  
              inet addr:172.16.0.77  Bcast:172.16.0.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::924c:e5ff:fe81:c1f3/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:358404 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:92787
              TX packets:187206 errors:6 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:523528305 (523.5 MB)  TX bytes:15553351 (15.5 MB)
              Interrupt:17 Base address:0xc000 
    
    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:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:10 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:688 (688.0 B)  TX bytes:688 (688.0 B)
    Although, I am certain that last time I booted eth5 was wireless and now it is eth0_rename (as evidenced by Mint thread http://forums.linuxmint.com/viewtopic.php?f=53&t=37928). Strange that BCM4312 (or wl module) floats around to different devices.

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    Re: 9.1 Karmic Koala / DELL Inspiron 1525: WLAN driver/device not detected

    Quote Originally Posted by bobcollard View Post
    When you say definately loaded, do you mean you have used system hardware drivers to download it or it is showing in that menu? The reason I ask is the Ubuntu system cannot do that for you because the drivers are proprietary to Dell, which means there would be a conflict in legality if they put that in their system, but, you can do it. Then I would look at your settings in Edit Conections to see if changing your IPv4 settings from Automatic DHCP to Automatic DHCP Addresses Only or vice versus makes a difference. Try setting IPv6 to ingnore or automatic, check all your numbers and periods and make sure there are no commas or hyphens instead of equal signs.(cross your T's and dot you I's) as it were. Then get back to me.

    I had already tried the IPv4 and IPv6 settings, no luck earlier. Installing "bcmwl-kernel-source" works. So good news is it finally working. I was using intrepid for a long time. I never had to install any other driver. I remember doing it when i used suse for some time though.

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