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    Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    I can't get wifi to work on a Compaq Presario 2100 (US2195) with a Broadcom 4306 (rev2) wireless interface. I am running lucid lynx. I have tried installing the driver with System>Administration>Hardware Drivers and it doesn't work. Now I have installed ndiswrapper, but and it seems to come closer, but still doesn't won't completely sync up, even though it shows a very strong wifi signal. If I go to /etc/ndiswrapper I see a folder called "bcmwl5". I presume this is the driver that ndiswrapper is using.

    If I disable and then re-enable networking using NetworkManager and left-click the panel applet, I can see the network Olancha (my wifi network) under Wireless Networks. It shows with a lock and a very strong signal. The NetworkManager icon in the panel shows an arrow going in a circle indicating it is trying to connect to Olancha, but it never succeeds in connecting. I ran the ip monitor in a Terminal and got the following messages:

    PHP Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid:~$ sudo ip monitor all
    [LINK]4wlan0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UPmtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DOWN 
        link
    /ether 00:90:4b:44:7f:66 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    [LINK]4wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP
        
    link/ether 
    [NEIGH]224.0.0.22 dev eth0 lladdr 01:00:5e:00:00:16 NOARP 
    Any help would be appreciated.

    Thank you
    Ralph

    I went back and installed the default driver using System>Administration>Hardware Drivers (nidiswrapper was not installed. I then used 'ip monitor all' to record what happens when I try to connect to the wifi. Here are the results:

    sudo ip monitor all
    [LINK]3: wlan0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DOWN
    link/ether 00:90:4b:44:7f:66 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    [LINK]3: wlan0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DOWN
    link/ether 00:90:4b:44:7f:66 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    [LINK]3: wlan0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP>
    link/ether
    [LINK]2: eth0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DOWN
    link/ether 00:0b:cd:7a:61:53 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    [LINK]2: eth0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DOWN
    link/ether 00:0b:cd:7a:61:53 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    [LINK]3: wlan0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP>
    link/ether
    [LINK]3: wlan0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP>
    link/ether
    [LINK]3: wlan0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP>
    link/ether
    [LINK]3: wlan0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP>
    link/ether
    Last edited by Ralph L; November 21st, 2011 at 08:12 AM.

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    I'm forever traumatized by my ndiswrapper experiences with ubuntu 7.10. Since then, I've luckily had full wireless support.

    Have you tried following the instructions on this page? It seems much simpler than ndiswrapper.

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    Sonsum, Thank you for your reply. Yes, I tried everything on that page, but none of it worked so I installed ndiswrapper. I will try some more, but for now I am pursing the ndiswrapper approach.

    I finally got ndiswrapper to work by unistalling Network Manager as specified on this web site http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=684495 Apparently there is some conflict between Network Manager and ndiswrapper for my particular Broadcom 4306 rev 2 wireless interface. I used the WEP configuration specified in the web page and entered the following:
    Code:
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 down
    sudo dhclient -r wlan0
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    sudo iwconfig wlan0 essid "olancha"
    sudo iwconfig wlan0 key 4481b676498e9a95b5c00fd90e
    sudo iwconfig mode Managed
    sudo dhclient wlan0
    The connection seems to work reasonably well, although if it sits idle for a while (sometimes a few minutes, sometimes an hour or more), I need to re-enter the code above. Then it runs fine again. Can anybody tell me what is wrong??????????

    My other problem is that now that I now longer have Network Manager I have no easy way of selecting wifis to log into. In fact if I walk into Starbucks (or other free wifi place) I can't see what wifis are available. Does anyone know of another gui other than Network Manager that would work????????

    Thanks
    Ralph

    PS. This site discussed the problems between ndiswrapper and Network Manager, but the script recommended did not seem to work for me https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+s...ux/+bug/218763. Also, note that the last entry says the problem exists in lucid lynx and I would guess in all later versions, since there is no indication that it has ever been fixed.
    Last edited by Ralph L; December 6th, 2011 at 07:35 AM.

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    I don't know the Ubuntu forum etiquette, but I really could use some help on this. Somebody must know something about this.

    Maybe I should start a new thread.

    Ralph

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    Again, I'm not sure of its compatibility with Ndiswrapper, but WICD is a good network-manager alternative.

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    Hi, you do not need ndiswrapper for starters.

    Please post the results of these commands.
    cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    iwconfig
    rfkill list all
    lsmod
    Thank you

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    Sonsum,

    Thank you for responding again. I will try wicd if I can get ndiswrapper to work, unless Wildmanne39 (below) has a solution that doesn't require ndiswrapper.

    Wildmanne39,
    Thank you for responding. Here are the results from the items you asked me to run:

    Again, thank you both for responding. I have been working on this problem for a couple months and have made little progress. I really do need your help.

    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=10.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=lucid
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS"
    Linux presario-lucid 2.6.32-33-generic #72-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jul 29 21:08:37 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    00:09.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: ndiswrapper
    	Kernel modules: ssb
    --
    00:12.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: National Semiconductor Corporation DP83815 (MacPhyter) Ethernet Controller [100b:0020]
    	Kernel driver in use: natsemi
    	Kernel modules: natsemi
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11b  ESSID:"olancha"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: 00:0F:66:6A:10:7E   
              Bit Rate=54 Mb/s   Tx-Power:14 dBm   
              RTS thr:2347 B   Fragment thr:2346 B   
              Power Management:off
              Link Quality:78/100  Signal level:-46 dBm  Noise level:-96 dBm
              Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
              Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid:~$ rfkill list all
    Note:  this command gave no output
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    binfmt_misc             6587  1 
    ndiswrapper           184677  0 
    fbcon                  35102  71 
    tileblit                1999  1 fbcon
    font                    7557  1 fbcon
    bitblit                 4707  1 fbcon
    softcursor              1189  1 bitblit
    snd_ali5451            15799  2 
    vga16fb                11385  0 
    snd_ac97_codec        100646  1 snd_ali5451
    vgastate                8961  1 vga16fb
    ac97_bus                1002  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm_oss            35308  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          13746  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                70694  3 snd_ali5451,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy           1338  0 
    snd_seq_oss            26722  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_midi_event
    radeon                678735  2 
    snd_timer              19098  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    pcmcia                 30784  0 
    ttm                    50103  1 radeon
    snd_seq_device          5700  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    snd                    54244  14 snd_ali5451,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    arc4                    1153  0 
    lp                      7028  0 
    joydev                  8740  0 
    drm_kms_helper         29329  1 radeon
    soundcore               6620  1 snd
    yenta_socket           20408  1 
    video                  17375  0 
    drm                   162377  4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    ppdev                   5259  0 
    parport_pc             25962  1 
    rsrc_nonstatic         10015  1 yenta_socket
    ati_agp                 5094  1 
    i2c_ali15x3             5050  0 
    parport                32635  3 lp,ppdev,parport_pc
    snd_page_alloc          7076  1 snd_pcm
    i2c_ali1535             4725  0 
    agpgart                31724  3 ttm,drm,ati_agp
    i2c_algo_bit            5028  1 radeon
    output                  1871  1 video
    pcmcia_core            32964  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    psmouse                63677  0 
    serio_raw               3978  0 
    shpchp                 28835  0 
    ohci1394               26950  0 
    floppy                 53016  0 
    natsemi                23934  0 
    ieee1394               81181  1 ohci1394
    pata_ali                7932  1
    Last edited by Ralph L; December 8th, 2011 at 09:00 PM.

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    Hi, if this text looks strange it is because my computer is not working right and I am trying to fix it so I will not be on much until it is fixed.

    The following commands should get you going.

    Run these commands one at a time.
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -rf ndiswrapper
    sudo apt-get remove --purge ndiswrapper-common ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 ndisgtk
    sudo rm /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper.conf
    sudo rm -r /etc/ndiswrapper/* 
    sudo depmod -a
    Then
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43legacy-installer
    Then unplug your wired connection and reboot.

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    Wildmanne39
    Thank you for replying again.

    I have another lucid partition set up that has never had ndiswrapper installed. In fact it was set up using System>Administration>Hardware Drivers and uses b43legacy. Is it ok if I apply your solution to this partition so that I don't destroy my ndiswrapper partition???

    And here are the outputs of running those same commands on the b43legacy partition:

    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid-b:~$ cat /etc/lsb-release; uname -a
    DISTRIB_ID=Ubuntu
    DISTRIB_RELEASE=10.04
    DISTRIB_CODENAME=lucid
    DISTRIB_DESCRIPTION="Ubuntu 10.04.3 LTS"
    Linux presario-lucid-b 2.6.32-35-generic #78-Ubuntu SMP Tue Oct 11 15:27:15 UTC 2011 i686 GNU/Linux
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid-b:~$ lspci -nnk | grep -iA2 net
    00:09.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 02)
    	Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    	Kernel modules: ssb
    --
    00:12.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: National Semiconductor Corporation DP83815 (MacPhyter) Ethernet Controller [100b:0020]
    	Kernel driver in use: natsemi
    	Kernel modules: natsemi
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid-b:~$ iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"olancha"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.462 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid-b:~$ rfkill list all
    0: phy0: Wireless LAN
    	Soft blocked: no
    	Hard blocked: no
    Code:
    ralph@presario-lucid-b:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    binfmt_misc             6587  1 
    fbcon                  35102  71 
    tileblit                1999  1 fbcon
    font                    7557  1 fbcon
    bitblit                 4707  1 fbcon
    softcursor              1189  1 bitblit
    vga16fb                11385  0 
    vgastate                8961  1 vga16fb
    snd_ali5451            15799  2 
    snd_ac97_codec        100646  1 snd_ali5451
    ac97_bus                1002  1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm_oss            35308  0 
    snd_mixer_oss          13746  1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm                70694  3 snd_ali5451,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy           1338  0 
    snd_seq_oss            26722  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_midi_event
    joydev                  8740  0 
    arc4                    1153  2 
    pcmcia                 30784  0 
    radeon                678735  2 
    snd_timer              19130  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device          5700  5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    ttm                    49847  1 radeon
    b43legacy             115152  0 
    drm_kms_helper         29329  1 radeon
    ppdev                   5259  0 
    mac80211              205434  1 b43legacy
    yenta_socket           20408  1 
    snd                    54244  14 snd_ali5451,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    drm                   163651  4 radeon,ttm,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_algo_bit            5028  1 radeon
    video                  17375  0 
    ati_agp                 5094  1 
    parport_pc             25962  1 
    rsrc_nonstatic         10015  1 yenta_socket
    cfg80211              126112  2 b43legacy,mac80211
    output                  1871  1 video
    psmouse                63677  0 
    i2c_ali15x3             5050  0 
    serio_raw               3978  0 
    agpgart                31724  3 ttm,drm,ati_agp
    led_class               2864  1 b43legacy
    pcmcia_core            32964  3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic
    soundcore               6620  1 snd
    snd_page_alloc          7076  1 snd_pcm
    i2c_ali1535             4725  0 
    shpchp                 28835  0 
    lp                      7028  0 
    parport                32635  3 ppdev,parport_pc,lp
    ohci1394               26950  0 
    floppy                 53016  0 
    natsemi                23934  0 
    ieee1394               81181  1 ohci1394
    ssb                    38934  1 b43legacy
    pata_ali                7932  3

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    Re: Ndiswrapper Proplems with Presario 2100

    Hi, it looks like your driver is installed with the information you posted so lets run these commands in the one without ndiswrapper and post the results here:
    Code:
    nm-tool
    sudo iwlist scan
    Code:
    sudo cat /var/log/syslog | grep -e b43 -e firmware -e wpa -e etwork | tail -n55
    Code:
    lsmod | grep b43
    Thank you

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