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Thread: [SOLVED] This has forced me to go back to Vista

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    [SOLVED] This has forced me to go back to Vista

    I've been struggling to get wireless to work on Hardy for a few weeks now. I have tried b43-fwcutter, ndiswrapper and absolutely nothing worked. I actually gave up and went back to Vista so I could have functional wireless.

    But, I do dislike Vista and much prefer ubuntu/kubuntu so last night I put in the Kubuntu Hardy CD and because wireless worked on the live CD, I partitioned and installed. Sadly, now wireless does not work and I'm forced to run Vista.

    In the live CD all I had to do was enable wireless from the hardware manager where it installed b43-fwcutter for me. In the installed version I am not able to check the enable box. All I tried was installing b43-fwcutter manually, but this did not work.

    Help me free myself from Vista.
    Last edited by hobs; July 19th, 2008 at 08:49 PM.

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    Just go through this forum. I had the same problem till yesterday when I finally got my wireless working on my laptop. Now I'm totally MS & MAC free.

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    probably the least nerve-breaking thing would be to get a wifi card that works out of the box even now.... but it's kind of hard to believe, that the wifi worked in the live cd... can you test that again?

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    I am running wireless quite smoothly from the live CD. I have a wired connection available so I can go to my Kubuntu install and work from there if anyone has some nice suggestions.

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    strange that it works from the live cd...

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by hobs View Post
    I am running wireless quite smoothly from the live CD. I have a wired connection available so I can go to my Kubuntu install and work from there if anyone has some nice suggestions.
    Can you open up the Konsole and post the results of the following:
    Code:
    ls /lib/firmware
    ls /lib/firmware/b43
    lshw -C network
    The first command is checking to see if the b43 firmware has been installed. The second will help us see what wireless card you are using and see if is able to use the firmware or if it is having problems.

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    ls /lib/firmware:

    Code:
    2.6.24-16-generic     bcm43xx_initval05.fw  bcm43xx_microcode11.fw
    2.6.24-19-generic     bcm43xx_initval06.fw  bcm43xx_microcode2.fw
    bcm43xx_initval01.fw  bcm43xx_initval07.fw  bcm43xx_microcode4.fw
    bcm43xx_initval02.fw  bcm43xx_initval08.fw  bcm43xx_microcode5.fw
    bcm43xx_initval03.fw  bcm43xx_initval09.fw  bcm43xx_pcm4.fw
    bcm43xx_initval04.fw  bcm43xx_initval10.fw  bcm43xx_pcm5.fw
    ls /lib/firmware/b43:

    Code:
    ls: cannot access /lib/firmware/b43: No such file or directory
    lshw -C network:

    Code:
    WARNING: you should run this program as super-user.
      *-network
           description: Network controller
           product: BCM4312 802.11a/b/g
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
           version: 01
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0 module=ssb
      *-network
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:08:00.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 02
           serial: 00:1c:23:84:0d:c9
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 ip=192.168.0.100 latency=64 module=ssb multicast=yes
      *-network DISABLED
           description: Wireless interface
           physical id: 1
           logical name: wlan0
           serial: 00:1c:26:1a:15:e5
           capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by hobs View Post
    ls /lib/firmware:

    Code:
    2.6.24-16-generic     bcm43xx_initval05.fw  bcm43xx_microcode11.fw
    2.6.24-19-generic     bcm43xx_initval06.fw  bcm43xx_microcode2.fw
    bcm43xx_initval01.fw  bcm43xx_initval07.fw  bcm43xx_microcode4.fw
    bcm43xx_initval02.fw  bcm43xx_initval08.fw  bcm43xx_microcode5.fw
    bcm43xx_initval03.fw  bcm43xx_initval09.fw  bcm43xx_pcm4.fw
    bcm43xx_initval04.fw  bcm43xx_initval10.fw  bcm43xx_pcm5.fw
    ls /lib/firmware/b43:

    Code:
    ls: cannot access /lib/firmware/b43: No such file or directory
    This looks like you have installed bcm43xx-fwcutter instead of b43-fwcutter. The bcm43xx is the depreciated driver. The b43 firmware is generally created in the b43 folder and the firmware does not start with bcm43xx. You can try to install the b43-fwcutter again (from the Konsole):
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
    Of course this is should only be done if you can connect to the internet by a wired connection. You can also install this by going into Adept and selecting b43-fwcutter.

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayuthia View Post
    This looks like you have installed bcm43xx-fwcutter instead of b43-fwcutter. The bcm43xx is the depreciated driver. The b43 firmware is generally created in the b43 folder and the firmware does not start with bcm43xx. You can try to install the b43-fwcutter again (from the Konsole):
    Code:
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
    Of course this is should only be done if you can connect to the internet by a wired connection. You can also install this by going into Adept and selecting b43-fwcutter.
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter:
    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    b43-fwcutter is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Last edited by hobs; July 20th, 2008 at 01:33 AM.

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    Re: This has forced me to go back to Vista

    Quote Originally Posted by hobs View Post
    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter:
    Code:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    b43-fwcutter is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    Interesting. Well, you can try this link:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=779754
    Try and do the Downloading Firmware section. That should get the firmware installed for you.

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