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  1. #21
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    I had the same wireless issue when I first installed 10.10.

    The wired connection was working fine though.

    After I ran the "Update" program, I rebooted and, lo and behold, wireless networking came alive.

    I then proceded with my home networking config and this little netbook is now the fastest wireless device in the house.

    If only I could get rid of that pesky mouse left-button issue now...

  2. #22
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    Code:
    ls -al /lib/firmware/b43
    yeilds:

    Code:
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root    18 Apr 18  2008 a0g0bsinitvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   158 Apr 18  2008 a0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  2680 Apr 18  2008 a0g0initvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  1858 Apr 18  2008 a0g0initvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   158 Apr 18  2008 a0g1bsinitvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   158 Apr 18  2008 a0g1bsinitvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  2056 Apr 18  2008 a0g1initvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  1858 Apr 18  2008 a0g1initvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   158 Apr 18  2008 b0g0bsinitvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root    18 Apr 18  2008 b0g0bsinitvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   158 Apr 18  2008 b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  2056 Apr 18  2008 b0g0initvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  2680 Apr 18  2008 b0g0initvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  1858 Apr 18  2008 b0g0initvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root   158 Apr 18  2008 lp0bsinitvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  2052 Apr 18  2008 lp0initvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  1320 Apr 18  2008 pcm4.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root  1320 Apr 18  2008 pcm5.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 26600 Apr 18  2008 ucode11.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 24424 Apr 18  2008 ucode13.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 20080 Apr 18  2008 ucode4.fw
    -rw-r--r--  1 root root 22088 Apr 18  2008 ucode5.fw
    Another thing, I noticed that:
    Code:
    dmesg | fgrep b43
    reports two lines which say:
    Code:
    b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode15.fw" not found
    b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode15.fw" not found
    These two files (and the directory "b43-open" are not included in the "b43-all-fw.zip" file you linked to.

  3. #23
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    Try this attachment. Please extract it, move it and give it owner and permission as above. You'll need to drill down to get to the actual firmware file.
    Attached Files Attached Files
    Last edited by chili555; November 17th, 2010 at 09:36 PM.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

  4. #24
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    Sorry for the delay in replying but I didn't have access to my laptop for a while.

    I added the ucode15.hw file to the /lib/firmware/b43 directory but I am still without wireless and getting the same error ("firmware missing").

    Also,
    Code:
    % dmesg | fgrep b43
    b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/lp0initvals15.fw" not found
    b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode15.fw" not found
    Alas.

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    It takes two files, sorry. Please check here:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1627336
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    Hmm. He has different hardware from me, and is missing different files. I'm still trying to find somewhere on the web I can download these firmware files, but haven't had any luck.

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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/lp0initvals15.fw" not found
    b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode15.fw" not found
    Was that not the firmware he was missing and that I attached?
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

  8. #28
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    I'm sorry; I misspoke. He's missing:
    Code:
    b43/lp0initvals15.fw
    b43-open/lp0initvals15.fw
    And I'm missing:
    Code:
    b43/lp0initvals15.fw
    b43-open/ucode15.fw

    So, we share one missing file. However, the lp0 zip file you posted a link to contains only
    Code:
    lp0bsinitvals15.fw
    Should I rename this (to eliminate the 'bs')? I didn't try that because it seemed silly.

  9. #29
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    Oops! Try this one.
    Attached Files Attached Files
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

  10. #30
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    Re: Can't connect to wireless; firmware missing

    Thanks guys (Chili) answered in the first 4 posts.....
    ah....welcome back Ubuntu my old friend why did I ever stray.....

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