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    Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    upgraded from 7.1 to 8.04 - now wireless does not function
    Device manager says BSM4306 is there
    00:0e.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
    wireless just loops round asking for wireless key - which i know is ok
    but hardware drivers does not list bcm43xx just NVIDIA
    utterly confused as I was in 7.10 - which I did get work (maybe fluke)
    any help much appreciated
    thanks
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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!


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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    I just got it working in Hardy for my bcm4311 by plugging my laptop into my network via ethernet and going to the package manager.

    at the top click system>administration>synaptic package manager
    then update the repositories(click reload), and look for b43-fwcutter

    when it opens up the window, click on the button the download and extract the firmware, and then click next or finish (i forget what the button says)

    after that, it will do some stuff in the terminal and then your card should be working.

    Also, it did not show up in the hardware manager for me(formerly the restricted drivers manager) either, but it did in Gutsy.
    Hope this helps!

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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    Quote Originally Posted by kai60 View Post
    Not really sure I understand the italic part of this line
    root@ubulap:/home/denarced/Desktop/tar/kmod# b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/2.6.24-16-generic wl_apsta.o

    thanks
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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    Sorry mate,

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...97&postcount=2

    this is the link to what worked for me. Let me know how you go and I'll see if I can help any further.

    Good luck!

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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    Quote Originally Posted by kai60 View Post
    Sorry mate,

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...97&postcount=2

    this is the link to what worked for me. Let me know how you go and I'll see if I can help any further.

    Good luck!
    Thanks - I have already tried this but still no joy
    when I look at hardware drivers after the reboot it just lists my NVIDA and no sign of bcm43xx
    ian@goslinux:~$ lspci | grep Broadcom\ Corporation
    00:0e.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

    thanks again
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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    Quote Originally Posted by goslings View Post
    Thanks - I have already tried this but still no joy
    when I look at hardware drivers after the reboot it just lists my NVIDA and no sign of bcm43xx
    ian@goslinux:~$ lspci | grep Broadcom\ Corporation
    00:0e.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

    thanks again
    I would look at this.
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php...83&postcount=1

    I figured r all the hoops and rings of fire I jumped through to loose the card after every reboot (like you seem to be doing), that anything as simple as what was written there wouldn't work. Yet it did and the card shows up after several reboots.

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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    Alright, that is absolutely no problem. I had the same issue and for some reason the restricted driver manager isn't handling the broadcom chipset well this time around.

    Can you check to make sure that you have the b43 directory somewhere in your /lib/firmware folder, if you do, then you have to check that you have several ucode*.fw. If you have these then you should be set.

    Just reboot and check to make sure that you are not getting any errors that are network related, such as "couldn't find /b43/ucode5.fw". No errors? Great.

    Then go to your nm-applet and select the network of your choice and configure it.

    Good luck and let me know how you go...
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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    Quote Originally Posted by kai60 View Post
    Good luck and let me know how you go...
    have to dash will be trying in an hour or so
    thanks
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    Re: Hardy - broadcom 4306 - no hair left!

    Quote Originally Posted by kai60 View Post
    Alright, that is absolutely no problem. I had the same issue and for some reason the restricted driver manager isn't handling the broadcom chipset well this time around.

    Can you check to make sure that you have the b43 directory somewhere in your /lib/firmware folder, if you do, then you have to check that you have several ucode*.fw. If you have these then you should be set.

    Just reboot and check to make sure that you are not getting any errors that are network related, such as "couldn't find /b43/ucode5.fw". No errors? Great.

    Then go to your nm-applet and select the network of your choice and configure it.

    Good luck and let me know how you go...
    ian@goslinux:/lib/firmware/b43$ ls -la
    total 176
    drwxr-xr-x 2 root root 4096 2008-04-26 09:12 .
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root root 4096 2008-04-26 09:12 ..
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g0bsinitvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 158 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2680 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g0initvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1858 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g0initvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 158 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g1bsinitvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 158 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g1bsinitvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2056 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g1initvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1858 2008-04-26 09:12 a0g1initvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 158 2008-04-26 09:12 b0g0bsinitvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 18 2008-04-26 09:12 b0g0bsinitvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 158 2008-04-26 09:12 b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2056 2008-04-26 09:12 b0g0initvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2680 2008-04-26 09:12 b0g0initvals4.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1858 2008-04-26 09:12 b0g0initvals5.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 158 2008-04-26 09:12 lp0bsinitvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 2052 2008-04-26 09:12 lp0initvals13.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1320 2008-04-26 09:12 pcm4.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 1320 2008-04-26 09:12 pcm5.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 26600 2008-04-26 09:12 ucode11.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 24424 2008-04-26 09:12 ucode13.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 20080 2008-04-26 09:12 ucode4.fw
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root root 22088 2008-04-26 09:12 ucode5.fw

    No errors when I reboot - or none that I can tell because ubuntu does not support sgi 1600SW monitor pre -login screen (flickers and jumps about, login screen stable ) I can see enought to see grub & dual boot selection of ubuntu

    is there sylog file somewhere under ubuntu (old sgi unix man)

    Next step i'm not sure about
    any attempt to connect to wireless (thru top right scrren icon) just keeps repeating itself
    where is the nm-applet you talk of ?
    thanks
    sony VAIO RZ221, 1Gb, GeForce Ti4600
    UBUNTU 9.10 - (dual boot as it not perfect yet)
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