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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    hi to every body
    i have problem with my acer aspire 5750g wireless. i am using kubunto 12.04 LTS.
    i gave this warning when i want to install aditional derivers

    Sorry, installation of this driver failed. Please have a look at the log file for details: /var/log/jockey.log
    i have tested many ways but not solved.
    here is my information:

    for lspci -nn | grep -i BCM
    Code:
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM43227 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4358]
    for lspci
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b4)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b4)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation HM65 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 04)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 04)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 04)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0de9 (rev a1)
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57785 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe (rev 10)
    02:00.1 SD Host controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM57765 Memory Card Reader (rev 10)
    02:00.2 System peripheral: Broadcom Corporation Device 16be (rev 10)
    02:00.3 System peripheral: Broadcom Corporation Device 16bf (rev 10)
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43227 802.11b/g/n
    for ifconfig
    Code:
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr dc:0e:a1:18:cf:50  
              inet addr:192.168.1.5  Bcast:192.168.1.255  Mask:255.255.255.0
              inet6 addr: fe80::de0e:a1ff:fe18:cf50/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:9067 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:9613 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:9717561 (9.7 MB)  TX bytes:1070580 (1.0 MB)
              Interrupt:16 
    
    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:718 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:718 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:66141 (66.1 KB)  TX bytes:66141 (66.1 KB)
    for iwconfig
    Code:
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    Hi you need the Broadcom STA Driver. Plug in a cable please and in a terminal run
    Code:
    ksudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    wait a few seconds for networks to be found.

    If none found also run
    Code:
    ksudo modprobe wl
    and wait again. If after this still no networks found reboot the system.

    All should now be working for you.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    Quote Originally Posted by westie457 View Post
    Hi you need the Broadcom STA Driver. Plug in a cable please and in a terminal run
    Code:
    ksudo apt-get install bcmwl-kernel-source
    wait a few seconds for networks to be found.

    If none found also run
    Code:
    ksudo modprobe wl
    and wait again. If after this still no networks found reboot the system.

    All should now be working for you.
    i did it and got response:
    Code:
    younes@Younes-LPTP:~$ sudo modprobe wl
    WARNING: All config files need .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, it will be ignored in a future release.
    WARNING: All config files need .conf: /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist, it will be ignored in a future release.
    FATAL: Module wl not found.
    FATAL: Error running install command for wl
    finally woooorked
    by the help of this page
    Last edited by younesysf; October 15th, 2012 at 02:05 PM.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (11.10 - Oneiric Ocelot)

    Quote Originally Posted by raghavsetu View Post
    I upgraded to 11.10 from 11.04 and my wireless stopped working.
    STA drivers were installed and were activated (By default )
    I have Dell Inspiron 640m and network card is Broadcom 4311.
    I did following and it worked for me.

    From Ubuntu software center

    1. Remove bcmwl-kernel-source.
    2. Check if firmware b43-installer and b43-fwcutter are installed. Install it if not installed.
    3. Restart the computer.

    Same thing happened when I upgraded to 11.04 and everytime during package upgrades if I upgrade wireless drivers it would stop working.

    Hope this helps.
    raghavsetu you are DA MAN!

    I fought with slow wireless in Ubuntu 12.04 with a BCM4322 for months! I tried everything; disabled ipv6, iwlwifi 11ndisable=1, rfkill unblock all, iwconfig eth2 power off, and every other hack that can be found by googling 'ubuntu wireless slow'. Your suggestion finally fixed this problem after I wasted more than 10 hours.

    Not only that, my download speed went from ~1 Mbps to over 16 Mbps! Now my Ubuntu machine is finally as fast as my Windows machines!
    Last edited by ja4; October 27th, 2012 at 09:25 PM.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    anyone have issue see their 5Ghz network? I have bcm4322 on HP TochSmart tx2, and I successfully installed the STA driver. And with iwlist I can see it support 5Ghz channels. But I can't see my 5Ghz network from router using network-manager.

    Does anyone have same issue? or solution? It was working fine in ubuntu 10.10 to work with 5Ghz.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    Quote Originally Posted by cocoa117 View Post
    anyone have issue see their 5Ghz network? I have bcm4322 on HP TochSmart tx2, and I successfully installed the STA driver. And with iwlist I can see it support 5Ghz channels. But I can't see my 5Ghz network from router using network-manager.

    Does anyone have same issue? or solution? It was working fine in ubuntu 10.10 to work with 5Ghz.
    My bad, just realised my router's wifi channel was set to something not listed in the supported range. Now changed it to 44, the 5Ghz network showing in my network list. Yes!!!

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.10 - Quantal Quetzal)

    Hi,

    I recently updated my 11 year old daughter's laptop (a hand-me-down Dell Inspiron 1501 she uses to help with her schoolwork) from lubuntu 12.04 to lubuntu 12.10.

    Everything seemed to go OK except wifi no longer works.

    Previously, I believe I needed to blacklist the ssb and b44 drivers and to enable the b43 driver, to match her wifi-only usage pattern. I recall seeing a post somewhere that said there was some sort of incompatibility between the b43 and (ssb+b44) combination - they should not be loaded in the same session. In any case, it worked in lubuntu 12.04

    After the lubuntu upgrade, there seems to be a link now between b43 and ssb. See example session below, where you can see that there is a new ssb_hcd driver that seems to be needed for b43, but it also brings the full ssb along too

    Code:
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  1 ssb_hcd
    
    $ sudo modprobe -r ssb_hcd
    
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    
    $ sudo modprobe b43
    
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  2 ssb_hcd,b43
    
    $ sudo modprobe -r b43
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  1 ssb_hcd
    
    $ sudo modprobe -r ssb_hcd
    $ sudo modprobe -r ssb
    $ sudo modprobe b43
    
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  2 ssb_hcd,b43

    Here is the output of sudo lsh -C network (with b43 and b44 enabled)

    Code:
    $ sudo lshw -C network
      *-network               
           description: Network controller
           product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
           version: 01
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
           resources: irq:18 memory:d0200000-d0203fff
      *-network UNCLAIMED
           description: Ethernet controller
           product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
           version: 02
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm cap_list
           configuration: latency=64
           resources: memory:d0300000-d0301fff
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 1
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 00:19:7d:35:be:19
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43 driverversion=3.5.0-18-generic firmware=666.2 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    Note that the last
    DISABLED
    block disappears if b43 is not enabled. The first block mentions b43-pci-bridge which is not recognised by modprobe. Interestingly, the last block has a serial that looks like a MAC address (of the Broadcom BCM4311 card?), the first one does not. Perhaps some combination of these blocks would be enough to get it working, but I've had no success so far with this.

    I have noticed the wifi indicator light on the laptop case flash on briefly (< 1 second) when the laptop boots up.

    I should mention the laptop has an F2 hotkey, which in its past Windows XP life, caused wifi to toggle on/off, but lubuntu does not seem to recognise it.

    If I could get it to boot with wifi enabled, that would be great. As administrator, I am happy to enable a wired connection if necessary, but for obvious reasons I would prefer not to give extra privileges (e.g., to run modprobe) to my daughter.

    I would be very grateful for any advice on how to resolve the issue- I have spent several fruitless hours trying various 'fixes' suggested in this and other forums

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.10 - Quantal Quetzal)

    Before either of us get too excited, I have not yet upgraded from Precise and have a different network card. That said, here is a bit of (somewhat) useful information that I've found so far today.

    Impatient Executive version:
    Try installing the Broadcom-STA driver (wl) via these instructions:
    HTML Code:
    <a href="http://wiki.debian.org/wl"> Debian Wiki on WiFi using Broadcom driver </a>
    OK, let's hope you're not too impatient just in case I'm wrong about the above.

    More Detailed version:

    Reference 1:
    HTML Code:
    <a href="https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#Installing%20STA%20drivers"> Reference 1 </a>
    Reference 2:
    HTML Code:
    <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/b43-fwcutter/+bug/651010"> Reference 2 </a>
    According to the Ubuntu Docs (Reference 1) you (BCM4311) and I (BCM4312) should be using the 'wl' driver which *does* instruct the blacklisting of ssb and others, as I recall. I say this because I'm currently using a different driver but I've used the 'wl' (broadcom-sta) driver in the past with great success. But somewhere I got steered away from it on this card because it is one of the 'low power' cards.

    Care to share your lspci information? Here's mine:

    Code:
    $ lspci -vvnn|grep 14e4
    yields:
    Code:
    0b:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    For me, the "LP-PHY" means (from some source) that I should use the following (from dpkg):
    b43-fwcutter install
    firmware-b43-lpphy-installer install

    This is in agreement with what I found earlier in the thread (actually, the original post):
    "Had the same problem, then I noticed that instead of firmware-b43-installer I had to install (manually, via synaptic) firmware-b43-lpphy-installer." --Kontza in LaunchPad.
    HTML Code:
    <a href="https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/b43-fwcutter/+bug/651010" Ref 2 </a>
    (Reference 2)

    But also see (again, from the original post):
    HTML Code:
    <a href="https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/bcm43xx#Installing%20STA%20drivers" Ref 1 </a>
    (Reference 1)

    I think our situations are sufficiently different that what I'm currently using is not your solution despite Mr. Konza's expert advice (which applies to me). I am much more familiar with the Debian advice as that is what I've used in the past for some really old hardware using a PCMCIA wifi card (Linksys, I think, but a Broadcom chipset nonetheless).

    Care to share what you've tried that hasn't worked?

    General comment: This thread started over two years ago. 62 pages is quite a lot and I won't read all of them unless I'm stuck on an elevator and the rest of the Internet is down. :^)


    Quote Originally Posted by dm_research View Post
    Hi,

    I recently updated my 11 year old daughter's laptop (a hand-me-down Dell Inspiron 1501 she uses to help with her schoolwork) from lubuntu 12.04 to lubuntu 12.10.

    Everything seemed to go OK except wifi no longer works.

    Previously, I believe I needed to blacklist the ssb and b44 drivers and to enable the b43 driver, to match her wifi-only usage pattern. I recall seeing a post somewhere that said there was some sort of incompatibility between the b43 and (ssb+b44) combination - they should not be loaded in the same session. In any case, it worked in lubuntu 12.04

    After the lubuntu upgrade, there seems to be a link now between b43 and ssb. See example session below, where you can see that there is a new ssb_hcd driver that seems to be needed for b43, but it also brings the full ssb along too

    Code:
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  1 ssb_hcd
    
    $ sudo modprobe -r ssb_hcd
    
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    
    $ sudo modprobe b43
    
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  2 ssb_hcd,b43
    
    $ sudo modprobe -r b43
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  1 ssb_hcd
    
    $ sudo modprobe -r ssb_hcd
    $ sudo modprobe -r ssb
    $ sudo modprobe b43
    
    $ lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb_hcd                12749  0 
    ssb                    50087  2 ssb_hcd,b43

    Here is the output of sudo lsh -C network (with b43 and b44 enabled)

    Code:
    $ sudo lshw -C network
      *-network               
           description: Network controller
           product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
           version: 01
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
           resources: irq:18 memory:d0200000-d0203fff
      *-network UNCLAIMED
           description: Ethernet controller
           product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
           version: 02
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm cap_list
           configuration: latency=64
           resources: memory:d0300000-d0301fff
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 1
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 00:19:7d:35:be:19
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43 driverversion=3.5.0-18-generic firmware=666.2 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
    Note that the last block disappears if b43 is not enabled. The first block mentions b43-pci-bridge which is not recognised by modprobe. Interestingly, the last block has a serial that looks like a MAC address (of the Broadcom BCM4311 card?), the first one does not. Perhaps some combination of these blocks would be enough to get it working, but I've had no success so far with this.

    I have noticed the wifi indicator light on the laptop case flash on briefly (< 1 second) when the laptop boots up.

    I should mention the laptop has an F2 hotkey, which in its past Windows XP life, caused wifi to toggle on/off, but lubuntu does not seem to recognise it.

    If I could get it to boot with wifi enabled, that would be great. As administrator, I am happy to enable a wired connection if necessary, but for obvious reasons I would prefer not to give extra privileges (e.g., to run modprobe) to my daughter.

    I would be very grateful for any advice on how to resolve the issue- I have spent several fruitless hours trying various 'fixes' suggested in this and other forums
    Last edited by HunkirDowne; November 18th, 2012 at 10:58 PM. Reason: HTML code doesn't do what I thought it would do. And may still not. ;-)
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    System76 Gazelle Professional (gazp6)

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    Thanks @HunkirDowne!

    I will take a look again at those references and will report back.

    I did look at them before (when I installed 12.04) but I think I reverted to the b43 driver at the time (can't remember the reason why...).

    However, it is possible that the Broadcom wl driver would work with 12.10 - definitely worth a try

    Thank you.

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    Re: Solution to Broadcom 43xx Card Problem (12.04 - Precise Pangolin)

    Unfortunately, the problem is still there...

    Firstly, here is the output of lspci, as requested by @HunkirDowne:

    Code:
    $ sudo lspci -vvnn | grep 14e4
    05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
    08:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
    As you can see, there is no reference to LPPHY (so I did not follow the rest of @HunkirDowne's suggestions).

    I followed the advice in one of the suggested references
    in particular the "STA - Internet Access" > "11.10 (Oneiric Ocelot) - 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal)".

    Because b44 depends on ssb, I needed to add that to the modprobe -r line.

    When wl is enabled, it seems to bring in ssb and b44

    Code:
    $ sudo modprobe -r b43 b44 ssb wl
    $ sudo lsmod | grep ssb
    $ sudo modprobe wl
    $ sudo lsmod | grep ssb
    ssb                    50087  1 b44
    I found the webpage that suggested that the ssb driver is not compatible with wl:

    On that page, there is a section "Remove any other drivers for the Broadcom wireless device." which mentions b43, ssb, etc. The recommended approach is to rmmod the incompatible drivers. I tried this, ran modprobe wl again and, you guessed it, they were back in the list of modules returned by lsmod!

    The other thing I tried was to add the problematic drivers (b43 b44 ssb, etc) to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and rebooted. Again, the b44, ssb and wl modules were loaded.

    Then I thought that maybe there is an explicit reload of these modules that happens after processing the blacklist file. I checked /etc/modules and the only uncommented line was
    lp
    which I assume enables printing, but seems to be "safe".

    At the moment, I am beginning to suspect there is a bug somewhere in the wifi setup in 12.10 - it probably does not help that both cards are Broadcom and may share driver features. I would have given up long ago if I did not know that wifi was working in 12.04 and I am reasonably certain that the "fix" involved 'disabling' b44 and ssb.

    Lastly, if it helps understanding, to access the internet when both Broadcom cards are inoperable, I use a tethered 3G connection (to check advice pages), but that's not a practical solution in the long term given the intended use of the laptop.

    Quote Originally Posted by dm_research View Post
    Thanks @HunkirDowne!

    I will take a look again at those references and will report back.

    I did look at them before (when I installed 12.04) but I think I reverted to the b43 driver at the time (can't remember the reason why...).

    However, it is possible that the Broadcom wl driver would work with 12.10 - definitely worth a try

    Thank you.
    Last edited by dm_research; November 22nd, 2012 at 01:59 PM.

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