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    Broadcom BCM4311

    Okay, so I wanted to be able to figure this one out on my own but I don't think that's going to happen. I have an old HP Compaq 6515b, I am running gnome remix 12.10 full install. It runs great!

    I have one minor problem tho that I cannot seem to fix My wireless driver wasn't there at first so I ran apt-get update && apt-get upgrade. Boom there it was, so I selected it in additional drivers, did a reboot and then BOOM it was gone fml. I removed it, purged it, used autoremove, and then installed linux-firmware-nonfree... Yay its working, but damn it all it wont stay connected for more than a minute or so. It is constantly asking for re-authentication.

    I have been through the forums, the only thing that almost worked was nothing. Any help would be great. I am trying to set this up for my wife. She loves the look, feel, and speed of gnome-remix. But if I cant get this thing some reliable wireless I am afraid I will have to send her back to Windows... Nobody wants that.
    Last edited by McTrick; February 6th, 2013 at 04:34 PM.

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    Re: WTF It's been 3 weeks I need help

    To start with, if it's an internal card, could you open a terminal and post the output of this command:

    Code:
    lspci
    If it's a USB dongle, use this command:

    Code:
    lsusb
    We're looking for the chipset used in your machine. It'll look something like this:

    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller (rev 02)
    A wireless device is typically a network controller, not an ethernet controller which is a wired network device. There are exceptions to that though.

    You might also have better success having this moved to the networking and wireless forum if you don't get replies here. Wireless networking & linux are popular topics.

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    Re: WTF It's been 3 weeks I need help

    I believe this is what your looking for.

    10:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetLink BCM5787M Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 02)
    30:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g (rev 02)

    As I said, I have tried to activate this and as soon as I did a reboot the driver completely disappeared. This is why I put it in the Hardware section, but I will move it as suggested as soon as I figure out how.
    Last edited by McTrick; February 6th, 2013 at 04:27 PM. Reason: Adding info.

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    Re: WTF It's been 3 weeks I need help

    You need to load or reload the Broadcom proprietary driver.

    Open a terminal and post the output of:

    Code:
    dmesg | grep b43
    It should look something like:

    tgalati4@Dell600m-mint14 ~ $ dmesg | grep b43
    [ 32.330472] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
    [ 32.330511] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
    [ 32.330545] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
    [ 32.588055] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 2726.412085] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    -------------------------------------
    Oooh Shiny: PopularPages

    Unumquodque potest reparantur. Patientia sit virtus.

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    Re: WTF It's been 3 weeks I need help

    Quote Originally Posted by McTrick View Post
    ..This is why I put it in the Hardware section, but I will move it as suggested as soon as I figure out how.
    Thread moved to "Networking and Wireless" and thread title edited to reflect the subject.

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    Re: Broadcom wireless - need help.

    [ 9.972663] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4311 WLAN found (core revision 13)
    [ 10.851153] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
    [ 10.851175] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
    [ 10.851198] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
    [ 19.532063] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 214.884105] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 215.744100] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 216.484100] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 216.884103] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 275.896118] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 523.324924] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 523.916098] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 542.664079] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 543.304218] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 544.184129] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 544.560072] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)
    [ 561.588079] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 666.2 (2011-02-23 01:15:07)

    Not sure about what I am about to say, but it looks like its having an issue loading the firmware...

    Also I had an idea, seeing how broadcom always likes to manage its own stuff in windows I decided to try and install wcid Network Manager hoping maybe that would work... No luck, still the same thing. It cannot get past "validating authentication" and then give me an error "bad password". I went in to my router and set up a guest accoung and niether network manager nor wcid will connect to it. Freezes up at "obtaining ip address"
    Last edited by McTrick; February 6th, 2013 at 05:37 PM. Reason: More info

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    Re: WTF It's been 3 weeks I need help

    Quote Originally Posted by howefield View Post
    Thread moved to "Networking and Wireless" and thread title edited to reflect the subject.

    Thanks

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    Wink solution broadom wireless

    first to detect modem.
    using terminal type lsusb.
    and install wireless.

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    Re: Broadcom wireless - need help.

    Hi, copy and paste this command in the terminal (ctrl+alt+t) please:
    Code:
    wget -N -t 5 -T 10 http://dl.dropbox.com/u/57264241/wireless_script && chmod +x wireless_script && ./wireless_script
    It will download a script and create a text file in your home folder with wireless information so we can see the condition of your wireless at this time and the Mac address, WPA key and WEP key are removed for your security, then reply back and attach the netinfo.txt file.

    Also please make sure have network manager installed and then remove wicd you can not have both installed at the same time.
    Thanks

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    Re: solution broadom wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by ankur1993 View Post
    first to detect modem.
    using terminal type lsusb.
    and install wireless.
    Output of lsusb:
    Bus 004 Device 002: ID 08ff:2580 AuthenTec, Inc. AES2501 Fingerprint Sensor
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub

    Also you said "install wireless", I'm not sure what your asking. My wireless is on, it picks up a signal, and sometimes connects for a few seconds before asking for my network password again...

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