View Full Version : [ubuntu] [SOLVED] hp laptop, broadcom drvr is in ndiswrapper, conflicting output reports, no w

December 28th, 2008, 06:49 PM
I have an HP Pavilion zd8000 running windows Xp. This is a new install of ubuntu intrepid. On a previous install of intrepid I installed ndiswrapper, and installed my broadcom driver, but had no wireless. Fought it for days. Then I used a wired connection and reloaded from the net, rebooted, and boom, wireless connection. This time it didn't work. Here is some info. This is all terminal output.
lsmod | grep "wlan_module_name" returns nothing

daniel@GLENDA:~$ sudo lshw -c network
[sudo] password for daniel:
description: Ethernet interface
product: RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+
vendor: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
physical id: 2
bus info: pci@0000:0b:02.0
logical name: eth0
version: 10
serial: 00:c0:9f:ae:dd:bb
size: 10MB/s
capacity: 100MB/s
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=8139too driverversion=0.9.28 duplex=half latency=64 link=no maxlatency=64 mingnt=32 module=8139too multicast=yes port=MII speed=10MB/s
description: Network controller
product: BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
vendor: Broadcom Corporation
physical id: 3
bus info: pci@0000:0b:03.0
version: 03
width: 32 bits
clock: 33MHz
capabilities: bus_master
configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=64 module=ssb
*-network:0 DISABLED
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 1
logical name: wlan0
serial: 00:14:a5:14:76:70
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
daniel@GLENDA:~$ uname -mr
2.6.27-7-generic i686

description: Ethernet interface
physical id: 2
logical name: pan0
serial: ea:39:a3:39:47:08
capabilities: ethernet physical
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=bridge driverversion=2.3 firmware=N/A link=yes multicast=yes

16.452215] Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PLR, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]

daniel@GLENDA:~$ uname -mr
2.6.27-7-generic i686

Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN
Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:c0:9f:ae:dd:bb
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:20 Base address:0x5000

lo Link encap:Local Loopback
inet addr: Mask:
inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
RX packets:240 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:240 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:15040 (15.0 KB) TX bytes:15040 (15.0 KB)

daniel@GLENDA:~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=0 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

pan0 no wireless extensions.

daniel@GLENDA:~$ iwlist scan
lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 No scan results

pan0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

daniel@GLENDA:~$ uname -mr
2.6.27-7-generic i686
I know this post runs kind of long, but I think it has whatever is needed to figure this out. Items in red seem to be my issues. I cant even find BCM4306 with a search. I have looked in all the file and folders associated with ndiswrapper (I think) However my broadcom driver BCMWL5 IS in the ndiswrapper. Also, I have nothing disabled in my network connections. I think if I blacklist the BCM4306, I will be allright, but I am not sure. Any and all help will be appreciated.

December 28th, 2008, 07:50 PM
You seem to be on the right track. You can try the following to see if it works:

sudo modprobe -r b43 ssb ndiswrapper
sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
sudo iwlist scanIf it produces wireless sites, then it is working. You will then need to blacklist b43 and ssb. Hope that helps.

December 28th, 2008, 08:49 PM
I am now running 8.10 on my Dell D400 laptop; it has wifi card with same chipset as yours.

Ayuthia's post http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=6077792&postcount=72 worked for me. No need for ndiswrapper.