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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    I thought BCM43xx issue is a thing of the past. The bcm43xx-fwcutter and the b43-fwcutter packages make it easy as a pie.
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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by xebian View Post
    I thought BCM43xx issue is a thing of the past. The bcm43xx-fwcutter and the b43-fwcutter packages make it easy as a pie.
    There are two problems with that, AFAIK:
    • They don't work for everyone
    • They limit you to 11Mb/s instead of 54Mb/s

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by tymek666 View Post
    Directly from HP website. Can you use 32bit windows driver under AMD64 linux?
    Would you provide the direct URL to the driver bundle? If the direct URL is hard to get, would you please describe your path through HP support, so I can find the exact package that worked for your device?

    Others will benefit from this information, since you seem to have found a 64-bit compatible driver.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by Jamie Jackson View Post
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    All Users, After Following the Wiki
    • Machine Brand and Model
    • Wireless Brand and Model (please post the whole line): lspci | grep Broadcom
    • Wireless Chipset: lspci -n | grep '14e4:43'
    • Ubuntu Version: lsb_release -d
    • Kernel / Architecture: uname -mr
    • Any extra boot options you might be using (e.g., noacpi, irqpoll, etc.)
    • Whether or not you had to compile NDISWrapper
    • Which version of Step 2 you used (If you try the recommended step 2, and it doesn't work, and then you find some other, presumably newer, driver version that *does* work, please provide a link to the download, for inclusion consideration.)
    • If you're on Hardy, whether you had to apply the "Hardy Bug Fix" workaround or not


    Good luck,
    Jamie
    Last edited by Jamie Jackson; May 6th, 2008 at 11:34 PM. Reason: hardy update
    Unsuccessful (
    HP mini-note 2133 with Broadcom BCM4312 (rev 2)
    jar@jarhp:~$ lspci -n | grep '14e4:43'
    02:00.0 0280: 14e4:4312 (rev 02)
    jar@jarhp:~$ lsb_release -d
    Description: Ubuntu 8.04.1
    jar@jarhp:~$ uname -mr
    2.6.24-19-generic i686

    No special boot options
    Did not compile ndiswrapper
    Used step 2a
    Did not need to apply the Hardy bug fix:
    s$ sudo lshw -C network
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    product: BCM4312 802.11a/b/g
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: wlan1
    version: 02
    serial: 00:21:00:36:db:fd
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+bcmwl5 driverversion=1.52+Broadcom,01/23/2008, 4.170. latency=0 link=no module=ndiswrapper multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g
    *-network
    description: Ethernet interface
    product: NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 3
    bus info: pci@0000:07:03.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 03
    serial: 00:1f:29:9a:e4:14
    size: 100MB/s
    capacity: 1GB/s
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 66MHz
    capabilities: pm vpd msi bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
    configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=tg3 driverversion=3.86 duplex=full firmware=5788-v3.27 ip=192.168.1.28 latency=64 link=yes mingnt=64 module=tg3 multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100MB/s

    Wireless worked with no encryption. But it refuses to work on my wpa2-personal Linksys LAN. Not only that, the Network Settings app keeps resetting the security back to WPA-personal and forgetting my password.

    It now claims I have two wirelesses: wlan1 and wlan1:avahi. Neither of them can be set in the Network Tools App. Says they are not there.

    ~$ ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1f:29:9a:e4:14
    inet addr:192.168.1.28 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::21f:29ff:fe9a:e414/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:10362 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:5530 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:5262368 (5.0 MB) TX bytes:460212 (449.4 KB)
    Interrupt:22

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:2576 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:2576 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:128800 (125.7 KB) TX bytes:128800 (125.7 KB)

    wlan1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:21:00:36:db:fd
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    Interrupt:21 Memory:fdffc000-fe000000

    wlan1:avahi Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:21:00:36:db:fd
    inet addr:169.254.9.33 Bcast:169.254.255.255 Mask:255.255.0.0
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    Interrupt:21 Memory:fdffc000-fe000000


    $ lspci -nnm
    00:00.0 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 Host Bridge [0364]" "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:00.1 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 Host Bridge [1364]" "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:00.2 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 Host Bridge [2364]" "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:00.3 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 Host Bridge [3364]" "" ""
    00:00.4 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 Host Bridge [4364]" "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:00.5 "PIC [0800]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 I/O APIC Interrupt Controller [5364]" -p20 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:00.6 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 Security Device [6364]" "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:00.7 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 Host Bridge [7364]" "" ""
    00:01.0 "PCI bridge [0604]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT8237 PCI Bridge [b198]" "" ""
    00:02.0 "PCI bridge [0604]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller [a364]" -r80 "" ""
    00:03.0 "PCI bridge [0604]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "P4M900 PCI to PCI Bridge Controller [c364]" -r80 "" ""
    00:0f.0 "IDE interface [0101]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "Unknown device [5372]" -p8f "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:10.0 "USB Controller [0c03]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [3038]" -rb0 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:10.2 "USB Controller [0c03]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [3038]" -rb0 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:10.3 "USB Controller [0c03]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT82xxxxx UHCI USB 1.1 Controller [3038]" -rb0 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:10.4 "USB Controller [0c03]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "USB 2.0 [3104]" -r90 -p20 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:11.0 "ISA bridge [0601]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT8237S PCI to ISA Bridge [3372]" "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    00:11.7 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT8251 Ultra VLINK Controller [287e]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "Unknown device [337e]"
    00:13.0 "Host bridge [0600]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT8237A Host Bridge [337b]" "" ""
    00:13.1 "PCI bridge [0604]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VT8237A PCI to PCI Bridge [337a]" -p01 "" ""
    01:00.0 "VGA compatible controller [0300]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "Chrome9 HC IGP [3371]" -r01 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    02:00.0 "Network controller [0280]" "Broadcom Corporation [14e4]" "BCM4312 802.11a/b/g [4312]" -r02 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Broadcom 802.11a/b/g WLAN [1370]"
    07:03.0 "Ethernet controller [0200]" "Broadcom Corporation [14e4]" "NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet [169c]" -r03 "Broadcom Corporation [14e4]" "Unknown device [969c]"
    80:01.0 "Audio device [0403]" "VIA Technologies, Inc. [1106]" "VIA High Definition Audio Controller [3288]" -r10 "Hewlett-Packard Company [103c]" "Unknown device [3030]"
    I also get an error doing:

    root@jarhp:/etc/ndiswrapper# ndiswrapper -m
    module configuration already contains alias directive

    module configuration contains directive install ndiswrapper modprobe -r b43 b44 b43legacy ssb; modprobe --ignore-install ndiswrapper $CMDLINE_OPTS; modprobe ssb; modprobe b44;
    ;you should delete that at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper-1.9 line 868, <MODPROBE> line 322.
    module configuration contains directive install ndiswrapper modprobe -r b43 b44 b43legacy ssb; modprobe --ignore-install ndiswrapper $CMDLINE_OPTS; modprobe ssb; modprobe b44;
    ;you should delete that at /usr/sbin/ndiswrapper-1.9 line 868, <MODPROBE> line 324.

    But line 324 was blank....

    I just tried turning off security on the WRT54G router. "The wireless then gets its DHCP address and works just fine. So it must be something to do with the encryption support." Well, maybe not. As soon as I pulled out the ethernet cable, it stopped working. The wlan1 interface got an ip address, but was sending out through the ethernet port!

    r# ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:1f:29:9a:e4:14
    inet addr:192.168.1.28 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::21f:29ff:fe9a:e414/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:156115 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:221596 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:19326900 (18.4 MB) TX bytes:157377626 (150.0 MB)
    Interrupt:22

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:2169246 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:2169246 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:123297139 (117.5 MB) TX bytes:123297139 (117.5 MB)

    wlan1 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:21:00:36:db:fd
    inet addr:192.168.1.29 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::221:ff:fe36:dbfd/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:7 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:25 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:1044 (1.0 KB) TX bytes:4432 (4.3 KB)
    Interrupt:21 Memory:fdffc000-fe000000

    Does anyone else have WPA2-Personal working?

    I hope you can help, because I am getting desperate.

    Thanks,
    Jim
    Last edited by jarome; August 22nd, 2008 at 06:27 PM. Reason: More info

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    I think its a little misunderstanding. I run i386 Opengeu on Laptop with Broadcom and 64-bit Kubuntu on intel-based laptop. I didn't say that my windos drivers work in 64-bit linux.
    Mint 7 AMD64, Mint 7 i386.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by tymek666 View Post
    I think its a little misunderstanding. I run i386 Opengeu on Laptop with Broadcom and 64-bit Kubuntu on intel-based laptop. I didn't say that my windos drivers work in 64-bit linux.
    That is good to know, but still if you could provide us the link we can check and see if it will work with 64-bit. I have seen that the if the HP driver worked in 32-bit, their 64-bit counterpart works also.

    I just haven't seen the 4306 rev 02 chipset work on 64-bit with the driver supplied in the guide (and I feel that it would not work) so I would like to have a backup version that does have a 64-bit driver included.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayuthia View Post
    That is good to know, but still if you could provide us the link we can check and see if it will work with 64-bit. I have seen that the if the HP driver worked in 32-bit, their 64-bit counterpart works also.

    I just haven't seen the 4306 rev 02 chipset work on 64-bit with the driver supplied in the guide (and I feel that it would not work) so I would like to have a backup version that does have a 64-bit driver included.
    Direct link to this driver:
    ftp://ftp.hp.com/pub/softpaq/sp28501-29000/sp28537.exe

    Best,
    Tym
    Mint 7 AMD64, Mint 7 i386.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Ok ... I've made some progress with you wiki
    Code:
    *-network:0             
           description: Wireless interface
           product: BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 9
           bus info: pci@0000:01:09.0
           logical name: wlan0
           version: 03
           serial: 00:0f:66:6e:03:f3
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+bcmwl5 driverversion=1.52+The Linksys Group, Inc.,07/ latency=32 module=ndiswrapper multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g
      *-network:1
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: b
           bus info: pci@0000:01:0b.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 10
           serial: 00:0d:61:93:3a:02
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 latency=32 maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 module=8139too multicast=yes
    My Wireless is not desactivated anymore ... but I still can't see my router or connect to the network. I'm a total newbe, so the problem could be 36 inches from the screen

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Hello.
    Bugfix 0.3 with chip 4306 worked when I removed modprobes for ssb and b44 modules.
    Ah, almost forgot. I have via-rhino -module for wired, and I don't use it regularly.


    Thanks again.
    Last edited by muppis; August 24th, 2008 at 04:32 PM.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by Theberge43 View Post
    Ok ... I've made some progress with you wiki
    Code:
    *-network:0             
           description: Wireless interface
           product: BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 9
           bus info: pci@0000:01:09.0
           logical name: wlan0
           version: 03
           serial: 00:0f:66:6e:03:f3
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master ethernet physical wireless
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ndiswrapper+bcmwl5 driverversion=1.52+The Linksys Group, Inc.,07/ latency=32 module=ndiswrapper multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11g
      *-network:1
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
           vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
           physical id: b
           bus info: pci@0000:01:0b.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: 10
           serial: 00:0d:61:93:3a:02
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
           configuration: broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 latency=32 maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 module=8139too multicast=yes
    My Wireless is not desactivated anymore ... but I still can't see my router or connect to the network. I'm a total newbe, so the problem could be 36 inches from the screen
    Hi Theberge43, please post the pieces of information I ask for in the first post of this thread, and we'll see if we can help.

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