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  1. #1
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    Red face Yet another wireless ticket...

    Howdy linux gurus!

    I made the switch! I've been encouraging others to do so, also, and.just got my girlfriend to install Linux Mint 9 (based off Ubuntu 10.04) on her new netbook. Unfortunately, I'm having some trouble getting the wireless to work. That is, the wireless was working for a while, but recently stopped and I can't figure out why (or how to fix it). Ethernet cables still work fine. In any case, as per the "How to post a wirelss issue" thread at http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?p=6183681, here are the details about the computer:


    1) Machine Brand and Model (PC/Laptop)
    :

    Dell m101z 12" netbook

    2 ) Wireless Brand, Model and Wireless Chipset:

    $ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 Host Bridge Alternate
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Dell Device 9602
    00:04.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 0)
    00:05.0 PCI bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] RS780 PCI to PCI bridge (PCIE port 1)
    00:11.0 SATA controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 SATA Controller [IDE mode] (rev 40)
    00:12.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:12.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
    00:13.0 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB OHCI0 Controller
    00:13.2 USB Controller: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 USB EHCI Controller
    00:14.0 SMBus: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller (rev 41)
    00:14.2 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) (rev 40)
    00:14.3 ISA bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SB700/SB800 LPC host controller (rev 40)
    00:14.4 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge (rev 40)
    00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration
    00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map
    00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller
    00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control
    00:18.4 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M880G [Mobility Radeon HD 4200]
    01:05.1 Audio device: ATI Technologies Inc RS880 Audio Device [Radeon HD 4200]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet Adapter (rev c0)
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4727 (rev 01)

    $ lsusb
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 174f:1410 Syntek
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0bda:0138 Realtek Semiconductor Corp.
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

    3 ) Check interface:

    $ ifconfig
    eth5 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:26:b9:dd:a2:3c
    inet addr:192.168.1.53 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::226:b9ff:fedd:a23c/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:3240 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:1871 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:1
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:2030811 (2.0 MB) TX bytes:316214 (316.2 KB)
    Interrupt:27

    eth6 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr f0:7b:cb:5a:74:64
    inet6 addr: fe80::f27b:cbff:fe5a:7464/64 Scope:Link
    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:17

    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:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:12 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:720 (720.0 B) TX bytes:720 (720.0 B)

    $ iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth6 IEEE 802.11 Access Point: Not-Associated
    Link Quality:5 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
    Rx invalid nwid:0 invalid crypt:0 invalid misc:0

    eth5 no wireless extensions.

    vboxnet0 no wireless extensions.

    4 ) Check for modules:

    $ lmsmod
    Module Size Used by
    binfmt_misc 6587 1
    ppdev 5259 0
    vboxnetadp 6326 0
    vboxnetflt 15280 0
    vboxdrv 190626 2 vboxnetadp,vboxnetflt
    joydev 8708 0
    dm_crypt 11331 0
    snd_hda_codec_atihdmi 2367 1
    snd_hda_codec_realtek 203374 1
    snd_hda_intel 22037 2
    snd_hda_codec 74201 3 snd_hda_codec_atihdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hd a_intel
    snd_hwdep 5412 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm_oss 35308 0
    snd_mixer_oss 13746 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 70694 3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy 1338 0
    snd_seq_oss 26726 0
    snd_seq_midi 4557 0
    snd_rawmidi 19056 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 6003 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 47263 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    lib80211_crypt_tkip 7596 0
    snd_timer 19098 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 5700 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq
    uvcvideo 57054 0
    fglrx 2092908 32
    dell_wmi 1793 0
    videodev 34361 1 uvcvideo
    v4l1_compat 13251 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    snd 54148 16 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec, snd_hwdep,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_se q_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    dcdbas 5422 0
    atl1c 28083 0
    agpgart 31724 1 fglrx
    wl 1959598 0
    lib80211 5046 2 lib80211_crypt_tkip,wl
    psmouse 63245 0
    serio_raw 3978 0
    shpchp 28820 0
    soundcore 6620 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 7076 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    i2c_piix4 8335 0
    lp 7060 0
    parport 32635 2 ppdev,lp
    dm_raid45 81647 0
    xor 15028 1 dm_raid45
    fbcon 35102 71
    tileblit 2031 1 fbcon
    font 7557 1 fbcon
    bitblit 4707 1 fbcon
    softcursor 1189 1 bitblit
    usb_storage 39553 0
    video 17375 0
    output 1871 1 video
    vga16fb 11385 1
    vgastate 8961 1 vga16fb
    ahci 32200 2

    5 ) Kernel boot messages

    (really long - is there something specific or should I post it all?)

    6 ) Network configuration

    $ sudo lshw -C network
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: Atheros AR8132 / L1c Gigabit Ethernet Adapter
    vendor: Atheros Communications
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: eth5
    version: c0
    serial: 00:26:b9:dd:a2:3c
    size: 100MB/s
    capacity: 100MB/s
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=1.0.0.1-NAPI duplex=full firmware=N/A ip=192.168.1.53 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s
    resources: irq:27 memory:d0200000-d023ffff ioport:a000(size=128 )
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    product: Broadcom Corporation
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
    logical name: eth6
    version: 01
    serial: f0:7b:cb:5a:74:64
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=wl0 driverversion=5.60.48.36 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
    resources: irq:17 memory:d0300000-d0303fff
    *-network DISABLED
    description: Ethernet interface
    physical id: 2
    logical name: vboxnet0
    serial: 0a:00:27:00:00:00
    capabilities: ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes

    7 ) Scan for networks:

    $ iwlist scan
    lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

    eth6 Interface doesn't support scanning.

    eth5 Interface doesn't support scanning.

    vboxnet0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
    8 ) Ubuntu Version:

    $ lsb_release -d
    Description: Linux Mint 9 Isadora

    9 ) Kernel/architecture (including 32 vs. 64 bit):

    $ uname -mr
    2.6.32-25-generic i686

    10 ) Restarting the network:

    (when plugged in: )

    $ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
    * Reconfiguring network interfaces...
    Ignoring unknown interface eth5=eth5.
    [ OK ]

    (When not plugged in: )

    $ sudo /etc/init.d/networking restart
    * Reconfiguring network interfaces... [ OK ]

    (has no effect)



    Other than that, I've tried reinstalling network-manager and network-manager-gnome. I've also removed the dell-laptop mod ("sudo rmmod -f dell-laptop") and added it to the bottom of blacklist.conf. If there's anything else I can do to make your job easier, please let me know. Thanks again for the help - if I can get this working quickly, I should have a much better chance of convincing my girlfriend to stick with linux!

    Cheers!

  2. #2
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    Re: Yet another wireless ticket...

    (Shameless self-bump...)

    Is there anything I can do to help or clarify the question? I tried to include everything the first time around, which might've scared people away due to its length. But I'd still be grateful if anyone could give me a hand!

    Thanks again, eh?

  3. #3
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    Re: Yet another wireless ticket...

    There is/should be a additional/restricted drivers "app" in the system menu. Just install the Broadcomm STA and you should be good. You will have to hook-up to the internet through the ethernet port.

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