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maycom
February 23rd, 2010, 11:23 PM
Can't get my WiFi to work on my HP.
My WiFi chip is bcm4303 (rev. 2)
(PS! this is a new thread from http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1400427&page=4 )

So, I reinstalled Ubuntu (fresh install)

Activated the Broadcom b43leagacy Wireless driver.

When rebooting, the WiFi LED on the On/Off switch blinks.

Status right now:


~$ ifconfig
eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0f:b0:06:1d:83
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:19 Base address:0xa000

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:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:4 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:240 (240.0 B) TX bytes:240 (240.0 B)

ppp0 Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol
inet addr:89.9.50.199 P-t-P:10.64.64.64 Mask:255.255.255.255
UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:5273 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:3598 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:3
RX bytes:5877866 (5.8 MB) TX bytes:364464 (364.4 KB)


~$ rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: yes

~$ iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11b ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=off
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
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

ppp0 no wireless extensions.



~$ cat /etc/modules
# /etc/modules: kernel modules to load at boot time.
#
# This file contains the names of kernel modules that should be loaded
# at boot time, one per line. Lines beginning with "#" are ignored.

lp


~$ lsmod | grep b4
b43legacy 117752 0
mac80211 181236 1 b43legacy
cfg80211 93052 2 b43legacy,mac80211
led_class 4096 1 b43legacy
b44 28684 0
mii 5212 3 b44,8139too,8139cp
ssb 35300 2 b43legacy,b44


I cant give up!!! :)
Ubuntu looks so great!

pdc
February 24th, 2010, 02:08 AM
why the legacy driver?

in this post

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1368699

N Allen says


Broadcom BCM4301/03/06/09 Hardware (B43 driver):
NOTE: IF YOUR CARD IS A BCM4306 REV 2, OR ONLY HAS 802.11B CAPABILITY, IT USES B43LEGACY. ALL OTHER MODELS USE B43.

bkratz
February 24th, 2010, 02:30 AM
why the legacy driver?

in this post

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1368699

N Allen says

If you look at his iwconfig you will see he has the "B" only version.

bkratz
February 24th, 2010, 02:49 AM
@maycom


Did you ever try the statements in the other posting regarding rfkill?

"Originally Posted by chili555
Please let us see, in order:"

rfkill list
sudo iwconfig wlan0 txpower auto
rfkill list

to see if it has any effect.



and also from the same thread

Originally Posted by chili555
Hard blocked: yes


Does your laptop have both a Fn key combination and a hardware switch, like mine does? When the hardware slider goes to 'off' on my lappy, rfkill shows Hard blocked: yes and it changes to Hard blocked: no when I slide it back to 'on.'

maycom
February 24th, 2010, 10:41 AM
@maycom


Did you ever try the statements in the other posting regarding rfkill?

"Originally Posted by chili555
Please let us see, in order:"

rfkill list
sudo iwconfig wlan0 txpower auto
rfkill list

to see if it has any effect.



and also from the same thread

Originally Posted by chili555
Hard blocked: yes


Does your laptop have both a Fn key combination and a hardware switch, like mine does? When the hardware slider goes to 'off' on my lappy, rfkill shows Hard blocked: yes and it changes to Hard blocked: no when I slide it back to 'on.'

Hi bkratz :)
Yes, I've done the


rfkill list
sudo iwconfig wlan0 txpower auto
rfkill list

with no success...

My laptop does only have a push-button for switching the WiFi On/Off LED blinking once on booting the system. (Works fine when running MS Windows, so the hardware is OK I guess...)
I think my problem/situation is the same as "AlDo__71", post #12, in this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1334195&highlight=rfkill&page=2)

benburkard
February 24th, 2010, 10:52 AM
I'm having a similar issue. I just installed Ubuntu 9.10 on an Acer Laptop with Wireless card BCM4318 I think. When I click on the wireless icon in the top panel (where the choice of wireless and wired networks should be) it simply says:

Wired Network
disconnected

Wireless Networks
device not ready

I'm a total newbie. I've searched for literally hours to try and find a fix but can't. I got ubuntu 9.10 on my Dell and it all just slotted into place with no troubles at all. Now I've converted a friend to it and it won't work! All help much appreciated

bkratz
February 24th, 2010, 02:19 PM
@maycom--I will do some more searching on the phenomena, and hopefully will come back with something useful; unless someone sharper than me jumps in.

@benburkard--I don't suspect you are suffering from the same issues-you really should start a new thread detailing your condition and copy/paste the output of (probably only the first request)

lspci -nn

from the terminal in your posting. That is (LSPCI in lowercase). The terminal can be found at Application>>Accessories>>Terminal.

Not knowing your model--perhaps something useful here
https://help.ubuntu.com/community/AspireOne/Ubuntu9.10

capybara!
February 24th, 2010, 02:36 PM
Hi, I had similar problems with a broadcom BCM4315 wireless card on a lenovo netbook. I looked through a lot of threads and there were various solutions explained... none of them worked for me...

Then I just installed the alpha version of Ubuntu lucid lynx, disabled the b43 driver and took the STA driver instead.. this did it for me

maycom
February 24th, 2010, 06:03 PM
@maycom--I will do some more searching on the phenomena, and hopefully will come back with something useful; unless someone sharper than me jumps in.


Thanks alot bkratz (http://ubuntuforums.org/member.php?u=821493) :)
I'm a bit stuck here...

maycom
February 25th, 2010, 12:10 PM
Will I ever get this to work??

bkratz
February 25th, 2010, 02:14 PM
Will I ever get this to work??

Well it depends on the work input, in all honesty it looks like it might be a lot easier to get a newer card. I found these threads regarding your card and the solutions were very long ( so was the thread!) and required a lot of rebuilding of modules. Anyway, here they are:

https://lists.berlios.de/pipermail/bcm43xx-dev/2010-February/006928.html

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1368106

The first shows an invalid certificate when you go there, but it seems safe to proceed and I read the whole! thread. It is about the BCM4303 specifically and has a few developers involved in it. Worth reading though.


I will continue to look though, just in case.

maycom
February 25th, 2010, 08:54 PM
Well it depends on the work input, in all honesty it looks like it might be a lot easier to get a newer card. I found these threads regarding your card and the solutions were very long ( so was the thread!) and required a lot of rebuilding of modules. Anyway, here they are:

https://lists.berlios.de/pipermail/bcm43xx-dev/2010-February/006928.html

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1368106

The first shows an invalid certificate when you go there, but it seems safe to proceed and I read the whole! thread. It is about the BCM4303 specifically and has a few developers involved in it. Worth reading though.


I will continue to look though, just in case.

HI:)
I've read the threads.... seems like really hard chip to get up and running in Ubuntu. My push button is working in MS Windows, and is shortly blinking when booting in Ubuntu.... hmmm....

should I test this NDIS- thing??

bkratz
February 25th, 2010, 09:29 PM
HI:)
I've read the threads.... seems like really hard chip to get up and running in Ubuntu. My push button is working in MS Windows, and is shortly blinking when booting in Ubuntu.... hmmm....

should I test this NDIS- thing??

Do you have the win xp drivers for the device still? (.inf and .sys)

bkratz
February 25th, 2010, 09:37 PM
Just found this (the beginning is kinda old, but the later posts are about your card). May not be any help, but at least worth reading before we go the ndiswrapper route.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=780692&highlight=BCM4303&page=8

maycom
February 26th, 2010, 01:32 PM
Just found this (the beginning is kinda old, but the later posts are about your card). May not be any help, but at least worth reading before we go the ndiswrapper route.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=780692&highlight=BCM4303&page=8

Didn't work ....](*,)

bkratz
February 26th, 2010, 03:10 PM
Didn't work ....](*,)




Haven't found anything else, and run out of ideas. Are you comfortable with ndiswrapper? Do you have the .inf and .sys files? If you try the ndiswrapper direction, the easiest way is to start with ndisgtk which loads all the dependency files. If you want to try, I use ndiswrapper on mine and can help.

maycom
February 26th, 2010, 03:56 PM
Hi bkratz :)
NDIS wrapper is OK i think.... tester ndisgtk last night (with no results)
Yes, I've the .inf and .sys files for Windows XP....
Thanks for your support bkratz :)

bkratz
February 26th, 2010, 04:21 PM
Hi bkratz :)
NDIS wrapper is OK i think.... tester ndisgtk last night (with no results)
Yes, I've the .inf and .sys files for Windows XP....
Thanks for your support bkratz :)


Good Luck! I hope we don't run into the same blocking problems with ndiswrapper ( but I don't think we will with the windows drivers, since you already successfully use those on your system).

maycom
February 26th, 2010, 08:17 PM
Good Luck! I hope we don't run into the same blocking problems with ndiswrapper ( but I don't think we will with the windows drivers, since you already successfully use those on your system).

Ok... guess I've to remoe all this b43-stuff first?
tkanks again!

maycom
February 26th, 2010, 10:10 PM
So.... I follow the instruction on this (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper) page. When adding the .inf file I get a message; "Unable to see if hardware is present." Click OK, and the status shows; "bcmwl5 - Hardware present: Yes"

But now I don't have any wireless alternative in my Network Manager.... :|
And pressing my WiFi-button doesn't change anything....

geeeee....

bkratz
February 26th, 2010, 11:18 PM
So.... I follow the instruction on this (https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper) page. When adding the .inf file I get a message; "Unable to see if hardware is present." Click OK, and the status shows; "bcmwl5 - Hardware present: Yes"

But now I don't have any wireless alternative in my Network Manager.... :|
And pressing my WiFi-button doesn't change anything....

geeeee....


Looks promising so far..

Let copy/paste the output of:

iwconfig
sudo lshw -C network
sudo iwlist scan

and the long one

lsmod

use the code tags for that one!

back here.
So we can see what drivers have control of the card now, and actually see if it is really working with the third command.

maycom
March 2nd, 2010, 09:20 AM
I'll be away for a while.... Will return on this :)

shrinkydink
March 6th, 2010, 07:16 PM
I have the same laptop. Try adding

SUSPEND_MODULES="b43"

to /etc/pm/config.d/00sleep_module.

maycom
March 25th, 2010, 05:58 PM
I have the same laptop. Try adding

SUSPEND_MODULES="b43"

to /etc/pm/config.d/00sleep_module.

Hi! Long time.....
This was no success for me :(

But after installing Ubuntu on a Dell Inspiron 1720 everything seems to work perfect!! :)

(except the mic line in... only the integrated mic in the lid is workin I'm searching for a solution.....)