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  1. #21
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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    The installation of bcmwl-kernel-source is supposed to blacklist ssb and bcma; they are still loading and wl is not. Please do:
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/modules
    If bcma and ssb are in there, remove them and add wl. Proofread, save and close gedit.
    bcma and ssb weren't in there, but b43 was, so I added wl and removed b43 - correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Now do:
    Code:
    sudo su
    echo "blacklist ssb" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    echo "blacklist bcma" >> /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    modprobe -r bcma
    modprobe -r ssb
    modprobe wl
    exit
    Any improvement?
    All successful up to modprobe wl, but then the same error again:

    Code:
    FATAL: Error inserting wl (/lib/modules/3.2.0-38-generic/updates/dkms/wl.ko): Invalid argument

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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Now that we have done some housekeeping, please run again:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source
    Reference: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1610246
    Last edited by chili555; February 21st, 2013 at 12:59 AM.
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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Now that we have done some housekeeping, please run again:
    Code:
    sudo dpkg --force-all -P
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source
    Reference: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1610246
    Again, exactly the same as before, resulting in:

    Code:
    FATAL: Error inserting wl (/lib/modules/3.2.0-38-generic/updates/dkms/wl.ko): Invalid argument

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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    After a reboot, I'm still getting the same:

    Code:
    robawalsh@Dell-Inspiron-N5110:~$ sudo modprobe brcmsmac
    WARNING: Error inserting brcmutil (/lib/modules/3.2.0-38-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/brcm80211/brcmutil/brcmutil.ko): Invalid argument
    WARNING: Error inserting mac80211 (/lib/modules/3.2.0-38-generic/kernel/net/mac80211/mac80211.ko): Invalid argument
    FATAL: Error inserting brcmsmac (/lib/modules/3.2.0-38-generic/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/brcm80211/brcmsmac/brcmsmac.ko): Invalid argument
    I can't find anything on this on Google...

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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Please show me:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge linux-backports-modules-cw*
    Thanks.
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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    Please show me:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get remove --purge linux-backports-modules-cw*
    Thanks.

    robawalsh@Dell-Inspiron-N5110:~$ sudo apt-get remove --purge linux-backports-modules-cw*
    [sudo] password for robawalsh:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    Note, selecting 'linux-backports-modules-cw-3.3-3.2.0-34-generic' for regex 'linux-backports-modules-cw*'
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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Problem is, I have this problem when trying to modprobe ANY module:
    And that, of course, is the real problem. Please reboot. In the first second or two of the boot process, press the Shift key to bring up the GRUB menu. Use the arrow keys to select any kernel version earlier than 3.2.0-38-generic. Press Enter and boot into the earlier version. In that version can you successfully modprobe any module?
    Code:
    sudo modprobe brcmsmac
    If so, let's try to reinstall -38:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic
    Then reboot into -38 and try modprobe again. If it works, now do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo modprobe wl
    Please see attached.

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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Quote Originally Posted by chili555 View Post
    And that, of course, is the real problem. Please reboot. In the first second or two of the boot process, press the Shift key to bring up the GRUB menu. Use the arrow keys to select any kernel version earlier than 3.2.0-38-generic. Press Enter and boot into the earlier version. In that version can you successfully modprobe any module?
    Code:
    sudo modprobe brcmsmac
    If so, let's try to reinstall -38:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic
    Then reboot into -38 and try modprobe again. If it works, now do:
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source
    sudo modprobe wl
    Please see attached.

    Fingers crossed!
    Hmm, I did think to try that, which didn't work in kernel 3.2.0-37 either, but I'll try an earlier kernel and report back - shortly.

    Boot into recovery mode or not?

    Also, do I want to modprobe brcmsmac or wl?

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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Boot into recovery mode or not?
    Either. Recovery mode, if I remember correctly, is text mode only, so Gnome, Compiz, and, by the way, Network Manager, etc. aren't in the way. You can do everything above from there.
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    Re: No wireless on Dell N5110 with any driver

    Currently in kernel 3.2.0.34, and the wireless worked straight away at boot.

    The first thing I did was sudo modprobe brcmsmac, and this appeared successful.

    So then I tried lsmod:

    Code:
    robawalsh@Dell-Inspiron-N5110:~$ sudo modprobe brcmsmac
    [sudo] password for robawalsh: 
    robawalsh@Dell-Inspiron-N5110:~$ lsmod
    Module                  Size  Used by
    bbswitch               13396  0 
    rfcomm                 47604  12 
    parport_pc             32866  0 
    ppdev                  17113  0 
    bnep                   18281  2 
    binfmt_misc            17540  1 
    nls_iso8859_1          12713  1 
    nls_cp437              16991  1 
    vfat                   17585  1 
    fat                    61512  1 vfat
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi     32474  4 
    snd_hda_codec_idt      70795  1 
    snd_hda_intel          33773  3 
    snd_hda_codec         127706  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep              13668  1 snd_hda_codec
    arc4                   12529  2 
    snd_pcm                97188  3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_midi           13324  0 
    snd_rawmidi            30748  1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event     14899  1 snd_seq_midi
    brcmsmac              570874  0 
    mac80211              506816  1 brcmsmac
    brcmutil               15139  1 brcmsmac
    i915                  477438  3 
    cfg80211              205544  2 brcmsmac,mac80211
    snd_seq                61896  2 snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event
    crc8                   12893  1 brcmsmac
    drm_kms_helper         46978  1 i915
    drm                   241921  4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    uvcvideo               72627  0 
    cordic                 12535  1 brcmsmac
    i2c_algo_bit           13423  1 i915
    dell_laptop            18119  0 
    snd_timer              29990  2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device         14540  3 snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq
    videodev               98259  1 uvcvideo
    btusb                  18332  2 
    dcdbas                 14490  1 dell_laptop
    psmouse                97443  0 
    joydev                 17693  0 
    snd                    78855  16 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    dell_wmi               12681  0 
    v4l2_compat_ioctl32    17128  1 videodev
    sparse_keymap          13890  1 dell_wmi
    serio_raw              13211  0 
    mxm_wmi                12979  0 
    video                  19596  1 i915
    wmi                    19256  2 dell_wmi,mxm_wmi
    lp                     17799  0 
    soundcore              15091  1 snd
    mei                    41616  0 
    mac_hid                13253  0 
    bluetooth             180104  23 rfcomm,bnep,btusb
    snd_page_alloc         18529  2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    parport                46562  3 parport_pc,ppdev,lp
    ums_realtek            18248  0 
    uas                    18180  0 
    usb_storage            49198  1 ums_realtek
    usbhid                 47199  0 
    hid                    99592  1 usbhid
    r8169                  62099  0 
    lzo                    12597  0 
    robawalsh@Dell-Inspiron-N5110:~$
    Since I can't see any other wireless module, I assume this kernel is using brcmsmac and has blacklisted the other drivers/modules. This is what I want.

    sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic appeared mostly successful, but with a dkms error:
    Code:
    robawalsh@Dell-Inspiron-N5110:~$ sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic
    [sudo] password for robawalsh: 
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree       
    Reading state information... Done
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 1 reinstalled, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Need to get 0 B/38.5 MB of archives.
    After this operation, 0 B of additional disk space will be used.
    (Reading database ... 604225 files and directories currently installed.)
    Preparing to replace linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic 3.2.0-38.60 (using .../linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic_3.2.0-38.60_amd64.deb) ...
    Done.
    Unpacking replacement linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic ...
    Examining /etc/kernel/postrm.d .
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/initramfs-tools 3.2.0-38-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postrm.d/zz-update-grub 3.2.0-38-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    Setting up linux-image-3.2.0-38-generic (3.2.0-38.60) ...
    Running depmod.
    update-initramfs: deferring update (hook will be called later)
    Not updating initrd symbolic links since we are being updated/reinstalled 
    (3.2.0-38.60 was configured last, according to dpkg)
    Not updating image symbolic links since we are being updated/reinstalled 
    (3.2.0-38.60 was configured last, according to dpkg)
    Examining /etc/kernel/postinst.d.
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/dkms 3.2.0-38-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    ERROR (dkms apport): kernel package linux-headers-3.2.0-38-generic is not supported
    Error! Bad return status for module build on kernel: 3.2.0-38-generic (x86_64)
    Consult /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/make.log for more information.
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/initramfs-tools 3.2.0-38-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    update-initramfs: Generating /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-38-generic
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/pm-utils 3.2.0-38-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/update-notifier 3.2.0-38-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    run-parts: executing /etc/kernel/postinst.d/zz-update-grub 3.2.0-38-generic /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    Generating grub.cfg ...
    using custom appearance settings
    Found background image: /media/DATA/Wallpapers/Black_Texture.jpg
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-38-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-38-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-37-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-37-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-34-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-34-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-33-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-33-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-32-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-32-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-31-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-31-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-30-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-30-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-29-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-29-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-27-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-27-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-26-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-26-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-25-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-25-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-24-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-24-generic
    Found linux image: /boot/vmlinuz-3.2.0-23-generic
    Found initrd image: /boot/initrd.img-3.2.0-23-generic
    Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda2
    Found Windows 7 (loader) on /dev/sda3
    done
    robawalsh@Dell-Inspiron-N5110:~$
    This package, linux-headers-3.2.0-38-generic, is what seems to be causing problems when I try to build/compile anything.

    /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/make.log
    contains:

    Code:
    DKMS make.log for psmouse-alps-0.10 for kernel 3.2.0-38-generic (x86_64)
    Thu Feb 21 16:53:22 GMT 2013
    make: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-38-generic'
      LD      /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/built-in.o
      CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/psmouse-base.o
      CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/synaptics.o
      CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/alps.o
    /var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/alps.c:135:33: error: expected ‘)’ before ‘int’
    make[2]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src/alps.o] Error 1
    make[1]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build/src] Error 2
    make: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/psmouse-alps/0.10/build] Error 2
    make: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.2.0-38-generic'
    I'll boot into 3.2.0-38 to try modprobe and see if the error(s) still occur.
    Last edited by robawalsh; February 21st, 2013 at 06:03 PM.

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