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chaserboy
May 22nd, 2008, 10:38 PM
I've trawled though dozens of how tos and previous threads on the subject and I'm still no closer to getting my wifi working. Please help!

I'm using an acer travelmate 2420 which has a broadcom 4318 card. Whilst wired LAN worked out the box the wifi is being most stubborn!

- Started off trying bcm43xx-fwcutter. Followed the instructions at a how-to somewhere in the community docs. Didn't work obviously.

- found a reference in the community docs for my specific laptap that said fwcutter didn't work and had to use the ndiswrapper approach. I've followed the guide here https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/Driver/Ndiswrapper and downloaded an exe from here http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/joomla/index.php?/component/option,com_openwiki/Itemid,33/id,list_b/.

"tail /var/log/messages" gives me this (username removed).


May 22 22:30:49 -laptop kernel: [ 253.734740] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input96
May 22 22:30:51 -laptop kernel: [ 254.305246] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input97
May 22 22:30:53 -laptop kernel: [ 254.968836] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input98
May 22 22:30:59 -laptop kernel: [ 256.074979] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input99
May 22 22:32:47 -laptop kernel: [ 274.314319] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input100
May 22 22:32:49 -laptop kernel: [ 274.525840] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input101
May 22 22:32:51 -laptop kernel: [ 274.998648] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input102
May 22 22:32:53 -laptop kernel: [ 275.811633] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input103
May 22 22:32:55 -laptop kernel: [ 277.251864] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input104
May 22 22:33:01 -laptop kernel: [ 279.466900] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input105

What does this mean? Should i try another driver?

Help!!! This is definitely going to be death of ubuntu for me if i can't get wireless.

Realise you probably need more info, wasn't sure what to post,just tell what you need.

Any help appreciated.

shifty_powers
May 22nd, 2008, 10:41 PM
have you tried just suing the gui for ndiswrapper?


sudo apt-get install ndisgtk

then look at system>admin>windows wireless drivers.

plus, when you download the windows driver for that card, don't forget it is the actual *.inf file that ndis needs...

chaserboy
May 22nd, 2008, 10:49 PM
have you tried just suing the gui for ndiswrapper?


sudo apt-get install ndisgtk

then look at system>admin>windows wireless drivers.

plus, when you download the windows driver for that card, don't forget it is the actual *.inf file that ndis needs...

Yup, done that.It shows bcmwl5 Hardware present:Yes. I just started looking at the terminal when config didn't work through the gui.

shifty_powers
May 22nd, 2008, 10:54 PM
might be a silly question, and i'm sure someone has asked this, but wehat actually happens when you try and join a network?

and what is the output of:


sudo iwlist scan

spiderbatdad
May 22nd, 2008, 10:57 PM
Run:
sudo dhclient

and
ifconfig
Post results...assuming you have enabled driver via ndis...

chaserboy
May 22nd, 2008, 11:04 PM
might be a silly question, and i'm sure someone has asked this, but wehat actually happens when you try and join a network?

and what is the output of:


sudo iwlist scan

If i try to manually config a network it applies the changes then i get the little signal strength indicator top right with 0%. There are no networks listed for me to just click on (although there are several in my location that i know i shoud be able to see).

iwlist scan returns:

lo Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down

chaserboy
May 22nd, 2008, 11:06 PM
Run:
sudo dhclient

and
ifconfig
Post results...assuming you have enabled driver via ndis...

dhclient:

Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.6
Copyright 2004-2007 Internet Systems Consortium.
All rights reserved.
For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/

wmaster0: unknown hardware address type 801
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Operation not supported
SIOCSIFFLAGS: Operation not supported
wmaster0: unknown hardware address type 801
Listening on LPF/wlan0/00:16:ce:21:fe:04
Sending on LPF/wlan0/00:16:ce:21:fe:04
Listening on LPF/wmaster0/
Sending on LPF/wmaster0/
Listening on LPF/eth0/00:0a:e4:f7:75:67
Sending on LPF/eth0/00:0a:e4:f7:75:67
Sending on Socket/fallback
receive_packet failed on wlan0: Network is down
receive_packet failed on wmaster0: Network is down
DHCPDISCOVER on wlan0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 4
send_packet: Network is down
DHCPDISCOVER on wmaster0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
send_packet: Network is down
DHCPDISCOVER on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67 interval 6
DHCPOFFER of 192.168.1.138 from 192.168.1.1
DHCPREQUEST of 192.168.1.138 on eth0 to 255.255.255.255 port 67
DHCPACK of 192.168.1.138 from 192.168.1.1
bound to 192.168.1.138 -- renewal in 37596 seconds.

ifconfig:

eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0a:e4:f7:75:67
inet addr:192.168.1.138 Bcast:192.168.1.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
inet6 addr: fe80::20a:e4ff:fef7:7567/64 Scope:Link
UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
RX packets:7252 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:7443 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:4002424 (3.8 MB) TX bytes:1046256 (1021.7 KB)
Interrupt:22 Base address:0x3000

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:1360 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:1360 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
RX bytes:68000 (66.4 KB) TX bytes:68000 (66.4 KB)

Thanks for responses so far folks.

shifty_powers
May 22nd, 2008, 11:09 PM
well your wirelss card is definitely not working with ndiswrapper, though i know that probably isn't a useful statement.

will have to leave it at that for now, working on a very important aessay that has to be finished in a few hours ;)

hopefully someone else can keep helping...

Steve413z
May 23rd, 2008, 01:00 AM
I had a problem similar to yours, and I didn't want to use NDISwrapper
here was my solution:
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=803986