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Thread: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

  1. #101
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    Talking Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Thanks for the awesome guide, it got my compaq v2312 up and running in no time.
    my only issue is that there isnt a signal strength meter in the top left menu bar. anyone know why or what i can do? im only asking because at school wireless access is poor, and it's good to know when you are about to lose an access point. thanks

  2. #102
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Is there a way so that when you reboot it will automatically connect to the wpa network? Everytime I restart I have to specify the SSID and then the wpa key. Is there a way around having to do this?

  3. #103
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    I modified the setup to do dpkg --force-architecture -i ndiswrapper.deb
    which gets ndiswrapper installed. On amd64, kubuntu 6.06, hp laptop
    I used the tar.gz for -64 (in earlier message).
    The architecture of ndiswrapper being i386, the machine being amd64.
    ndiswrapper does work, but see below:

    avea@davea-laptop:~/Desktop$ ndiswrapper -l
    Installed ndis drivers:
    bcmwl5 invalid driver!

    BTW: each run of the setup script adds a *new* ndiswrapper
    line to /etc/modules...

    Anyway, I now, I think, get a new blue light on the laptop,but
    NetworkSettings does not show the wlan0.
    suggestions?
    And thanks for all these hints... Really appreciated.

  4. #104
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards AND HOWTO: Network Manager

    Super job. Where did you find that version of the inf file? Even the one from Belkin site did not work.

  5. #105
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 HOWTO: Step by Step

    Here are some compiled logical steps that I retrieved from several posts in this thread and a few other places regarding the identification, maintenance, and installation of wifi hardware and/or firmware:


    Steps:

    ---------------------------------------------------------------
    Conventions:

    UN = your user name
    CN = your computer's name.

    Notes: = side-bar elaboratives to explain a step
    Warning: = Warnings are just that; you had better read them.


    Tip:

    You do not retype your UN@CN, just the code after
    the $.

    UN@CN:~$ and UN@CN:~/Desktop$ are place holders merely
    referencing that you should see a prompt in the terminal's
    window where UN is your user account's name @ your computer's
    name, both of which were assigned when you installed and
    configured your Linux O.S. distro.


    Warning: Do the steps in order and stick to the
    procedure, don't add any steps unless you know
    what it is that you are doing here.
    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    1.)Open your terminal (obviously).

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    2.)UN@CN:~$ lspci | grep Broadcom\ Corporation
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key



    You should now see the following output return in your terminal's display:

    0000:05:02.0 Network controller:Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g
    Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)


    If this is what your terminal command returns in the display you have nothing to worry about.

    Proceed to the next step.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------

    4.)UN@CN:~$ echo blacklist bcm43xx | sudo tee -a /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key


    Your terminal will process the command and notify you that the 43xx driver file has been
    successfully 'blacklisted'.


    Warning:
    This will 'blacklist' an older version of the 43 driver series known as 43xx, which is
    pre-installed with UBUNTU Dapper Drake and possibly other Debian based Linux Distros.
    The 43xx driver will conflict with some other drivers in the 43xx genre. A lot of problems
    concerning oddly behaving cards could have something to do with the exclusion of this
    step, so just do it!

    It's better to be safe than sorry.

    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    5.)If you haven't already done so, go ahead and move your 'bcm4318[1].tar.gz' package
    to your desktop (a.k.a.- shell, be it Gnome ,KDE; etc.)

    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    6.)UN@CN:~$ cd /home/UN/Desktop
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key



    You should now see the following output return in your terminal's display:


    UN@CN:~/Desktop$


    This output is telling you that the Desktop directory is your active directory and all actions
    will be initiated starting at this point.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------

    Note: It works the same way a browser navigates through a web site.
    (Investigate this topic on your own as it is beyond the scope of this block of instruction.)

    The UN@CN:~/Desktop$ is your new base directory that you will be working out of. It stream-
    lines the process of file access. If you are going to working with a lot of files on your
    desktop you make the Desktop your base directory and the terminal will assume on your behalf
    that you will be doing all of your work in the Desktop "directory." This saves you time, in
    that, you do not have to write out the complete file path to every object on your desktop, just
    a command of execution and the file that the command will take action(s) upon.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------

    7.)UN@CN:~/Desktop$ tar -xf bcm4318[1].tar.gz
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key


    You should now see the output return in your terminal's display stating that the 'bcm4318[1].tar.gz'
    package is effectively being decompressed and extracted to the desktop. Once the terminal notifies you
    that the process of extraction was successfully completed and you see the prompt:

    UN@CN:~/Desktop$

    ...proceed to the next step.

    -------------------------------------------------------------------

    8.)UN@CN:~/Desktop$ sudo ./ndiswrapper_setup
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key

    You will now witness the installation execution step by step as it is carried out automatically by the
    terminal. When the terminal returns a message stating that the installation was successfully completed
    you will be queried again with the terminal prompt:

    UN@CN:~/Desktop$

    ...proceed to the next step.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------

    9.)System menu on your Desktop toolbar at the top of the screen,then:

    Administration > Networking, click the wireless connection of the 'Connections' tab and click
    the 'Properties' button. Click the "Enable This Connection check Box Radio Button", set your
    ESSID id to the active network name that you will use to access your router for wifi, and set
    your configuration to DHCP to automatically obtain IP addresses, just like in Windows.

    Warning:

    Make sure that your wireless lan is activated, only after inspecting the properties of your
    wlan connection setup properties, this will prevent wasted time, stupid questions, and people
    feeling stupid for asking stupid questions because they didn't pay attention to detail.


    Setting up WEP is simple, but you can consult your router's user/set-up documentation for the
    exact specifications of performing such a procedure.

    A.)Click "OK"

    ...and wait for the process to complete the update to your configuration settings.



    I have a Linksys 54G Wireless Router myself, and I use the router default for wifi which is
    "linksys," without the quotations, the ethernet ESSID is "Linksys."

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    10.)Click "OK" of your "Network Settings" dialog window.

    ...and wait for the process to finalize your configuration settings.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    11.) Open your browser and surf to a web page like Google.

    Click the Google search text entry field, in the upper right corner of Firefox, and press
    the Retern/Enter key on your key-board and wait for Firefox to open Google's default
    Home Page.

    Close your browser and proceed to the next step...

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    12.)UN@CN:~/Desktop$ ndiswrapper -l
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key



    Your terminal should return the following output in it's display:


    bcmwl5 driver present, hardware present


    At the terminal prompt:


    UN@CN:~/Desktop$

    ...proceed to the next step.

    ---------------------------------------------------------------------

    13.)UN@CN:~/Desktop$ sudo -i
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key
    B.)Key in your administrator password
    C.)Press the Return/Enter key

    14.)UN@CN:~/Desktop# modprobe ndiswrapper
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key

    Now push the wifi network connect/disconnect button on your computer...

    - it should come on/light up, or turn off as the case may be. If
    you turned it off, turn it back on now.

    15.)UN@CN:~/Desktop# ifdown eth1
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key

    16.)UN@CN:~/Desktop# ifup eth1
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key

    17.)UN@CN:~/Desktop# dhclient
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key

    18.)UN@CN:~/Desktop# iwconfig
    A.)Press the Return/Enter key
    B.)Verify that the output displays
    the correct settings for
    your wifi network.

    19.)Close the Terminal utility, and browse/surf as desired.



    indicis: compwiz18
    naught 101

    P.S. Let me know how it works, as this will aid me in correcting and/or adding info to help out Compwiz18 in getting you all on-line effectively.

  6. #106
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    I have come up with a new problem. I have had my wireless working for about a week now and haven't had any trouble after I got it working. I'm using the gnome-network-manager and can even connect to other networks while I'm driving around. The problem is the only network I cannot connect to is at my work!! I can pull an IP but thats it, no network shares, or internet. Has anyone experienced this and if so what solutions did you use?
    Nothing's Impossible..........

  7. #107
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    This script did not work on my HP Pavilion ze2000. The card has always detected and showed up as eth1 ever since I installed Dapper but it would always say in iwconfig "ap: invalid" so I tried multiple things trying to get that working. The only way I could bring my wireless up was to manually configure everything using iwconfig and dhclient ifconfig afterwards but after installing this script eth1 doesn't even show in network manager, iwconfig, or ifconfig. Instantly after installing the script I was able to see the available access points in network manager but it failed to get an IP address so I rebooted but ever since eth1 doesn't come up. Any help would be appreciated. Also after reading through this thread I tried sudo modprobe ndiswrapper but that gave an error saying FATAL: Module ndiswrapper not found.
    Last edited by Centaur5; June 28th, 2006 at 06:25 PM.

  8. #108
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Got it to work, I'm typing this from my Ubuntu Laptop from work!!! YYYYAAAAAA
    Nothing's Impossible..........

  9. #109
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Thank you very much for your good work.
    I've been fighting wireless on dapper for a couple of days.
    I'm using an Hp dv5003cl laptop and your method worked for me.
    I'm currently using Ubuntu as my stable OS and Archlinux testing as my playground. I was able to get wireless working easily in Arch, so having trouble with Dapper got me really frustrated.
    Thanks again.

  10. #110
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    I've followed all the steps but after rebooting I keep getting the error "The NetworkManager applet could not find some required resources. It cannot contine". On the bright side at least the wifi light is coming on now!

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