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    broadcom wireless 'not reacting' in 12.04

    hey ppl, i think i'm about to go mad, there's thousands of threads about broadcom wireless and linux problems, none helps me!

    lenovo s10-3s, there's a win7 partition on it, and it's using the broadcom wireless/ethernet/bt combination....wl is the bcm4313

    i've upgraded from 10.04 to 10.10, everything worked fine
    upgrading from 10.10 to 11.04 networking started acting strange and it still is doing the same, although i upgraded (via alternate iso) to 11.10 and up to 12.04 by now - no use!

    in 11.04 i still had the broadcom sta proprietary driver installed, but that wasn't making any difference

    it looks like this:



    and i cannot enable wireless, it always disables itself after i click it......in some of the mentioned distros it would 'stay' enabled, but it wouldn't 'be' enabled as well, it would still say "wireless is disabled" as in the picture above, and wouldn't show me any networks, regardless of my position relative to router.....and you probably guessed it by now, my ethernet isn't working either, and it wasn't working under any of the last three mentioned distros, just like the wireless, so i wasn't able to go online with it at all since upgrade to 11.04

    from what i've managed to figure reading all the thousands of threads on related issues so far, i'd probably be best installing the broadcom sta driver in my current distro, where it's not provided anymore, and i'd have to compile it

    i've never ever managed to compile one single driver or program from a tarball (been using ubuntu for some three years now, but still bad at it, sorry), but i am always willing to try again..........however, this time i don't even have internet on the machine! i don't think it's impossible, but i couldn't find a way to do it offline

    please, whoever tries to offer any kind of solution to my problem: please, please, consider the fact that i cannot use package manager, apt-get and similar and simply draw whatever may be needed, as i have absolutely no internet connection.....i can still go online with my win7 partition, and i also have another machine with 10.10 on it, and that's where i'm writing from right now, but within the 12.04 on the problem machine there is no communication with the outside world

    i presume we're gonna need some outputs from my machine, i can provide whatever you ask, just tell me what to punch in to the terminal and i'll be at it in no time!

    i am really really hoping someone can help me with this
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    Re: broadcom wireless 'not reacting' in 12.04

    i presume we're gonna need some outputs from my machine, i can provide whatever you ask, just tell me what to punch in to the terminal and i'll be at it in no time!
    Yup!
    Code:
    lspci -nn | grep -e 0200 -e 0280
    lsmod | grep -e b43 -e wl
    rfkill list all
    lsb_release -d
    please, whoever tries to offer any kind of solution to my problem: please, please, consider the fact that i cannot use package manager, apt-get and similar and simply draw whatever may be needed, as i have absolutely no internet connection...
    Those other guys who didn't answer specialize in the very difficult. I like the impossible.

    Thanks.
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    Re: broadcom wireless 'not reacting' in 12.04

    hey chili555, thanks so much for replying! that was fast!

    here are the outputs:

    lspci -nn | grep -e 0200 -e 0280

    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57790 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe [14e4:1694] (rev 01)
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4727] (rev 01)

    lsmod | grep -e b43 -e wl

    returned nothing (does that mean i don't have the b43-driver installed?

    rfkill list all

    0: ideapad_wlan: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: ideapad_bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
    2: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
    3: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no

    lsb_release -d

    Description: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS


    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Those other guys who didn't answer specialize in the very difficult. I like the impossible.
    hmm, a specialty, and a liking........they do differ to an extent


    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Thanks.
    my pleasure!

    but on the serious side, i'd already wanted to get a wireless dongle and get the damn thing done, but i wasn't sure if that would do it, on the one hand, and i didn't realize that doing it offline was to be the way of the samurai, on the other

    will it make it easier for us if i go and buy a wireless dongle tomorrow? or will it just spoil the fun? i mean, i'd love to know how to do things like this offline, but i don't have to torture you or anyone else with it

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    Re: broadcom wireless 'not reacting' in 12.04

    buy a wireless dongle tomorrow? or will it just spoil the fun?
    Most definitely!
    i don't have to torture you or anyone else with it
    What doesn't kill you makes you stronger. I am feeling very strong today!
    Broadcom Corporation BCM4313 802.11b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4727] (rev 01)
    This device is supposed to work with the driver brcmsmac that's already aboard. Let's make sure the conflicting drivers are blacklisted and it loads correctly. Open a terminal and do:
    Code:
    sudo su
    echo brcmsmac >> /etc/modules
    echo "blacklist b43" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    echo "blacklist bcma" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    Now you have another problem; the module acer-wmi (Acer?!?) is blocking your wireless:
    0: ideapad_wlan: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    1: ideapad_bluetooth: Bluetooth
    Soft blocked: yes
    Hard blocked: no
    2: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: yes

    Hard blocked: no
    3: phy0: Wireless LAN
    Soft blocked: no
    Hard blocked: no
    So, back to the terminal and do:
    Code:
    echo "blacklist acer-wmi" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    exit
    Reboot and give us your report.
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: broadcom wireless 'not reacting' in 12.04

    it's woooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrkiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinnnnn nnnnng!
    IT'S WOOOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRRRRKIIIIIIIIIIIINNNNNNNNNNNNG!! !!!!!!!!!




    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    acer-wmi (Acer?!?)
    yeh, i was wondering too......any idea what that's about? or i guess if it doesn't matter, we could just leave it........

    however, my lan is still dead (checked the router side with the other laptop, all good).......but i guess that's a topic for another thread, this one is [SOLVED]!!!

    if i get my several other hw-ubuntu issues going with 12.04, i'm chucking windoze out the window, i don't need to tell you how clumsy, slow and useless it got by now

    so thank you a MILLION and sorry about the wait, i'm in germany here, and i saw your reply last night just before dosing off, and although you replied again only minutes later, i was already snoring like hell by then

    all the best chilli555!

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    Re: broadcom wireless 'not reacting' in 12.04

    I'm ready to start on the ethernet right now.
    Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM57790 Gigabit Ethernet PCIe [14e4:1694] (rev 01)
    This device is driven by the driver tg3. Let's load it and see what happens:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe tg3
    ifconfig
    Can you hook up the ethernet cable and connect? If so, let's add the driver to the list of modules we want to load automatically:
    Code:
    sudo su
    echo tg3 >> /etc/modules
    exit
    If it doesn't work and connect, let's look in the message file to see why:
    Code:
    dmesg | grep -e tg3 -e eth0
    Glad the wireless is working!
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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    Re: broadcom wireless and ethernet 'not reacting' in 12.04

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Can you hook up the ethernet cable and connect?
    yep! working now too! beautiful!

    here's the output of the ifconfig:

    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr f0:de:f1:0c:34:30
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:89 errors:35 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:64 (64.0 B) TX bytes:12001 (12.0 KB)
    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:998 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:998 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:86847 (86.8 KB) TX bytes:86847 (86.8 KB)

    wlan0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:26:82:99:3a:c7
    inet addr:192.168.2.104 Bcast:192.168.2.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::226:82ff:fe99:3ac7/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:68418 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:47104 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:83470119 (83.4 MB) TX bytes:4417672 (4.4 MB)


    i changed the thread's title, so it's easier to find.......

    again, thank you so much for teaching me the way of the samurai! it was fun!

    cheers!

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    Re: broadcom wireless 'not reacting' in 12.04

    I was happy to have helped. Have fun!
    "Oh, Ubuntu, you are my favorite Linux-based operating system" --Dr. Sheldon Cooper, Ph.D.

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