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    Question Broadcom wireless woes....

    Hey guys.

    My desktop has a Broadcom wireless card, and I am struggling to get it to work. "lshw -c network" returns the following info about my wireless card:

    Code:
    description: Network controller
           product: BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 1
           bus info: pci@0000:02:01.0
           version: 03
           width: 32 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: bus_master
           configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=32 module=ssb
    I have the B43 drivers installed, but for some reason, it won't connect to my Home Hub. My mother's convinced it's a software issue rather than a hardware issue

    Any answers would be appreciated

    P.S. I am writing this from a windows computer by the way

    P.P.S. I once managed to get it connected, but now it's refusing to connect
    Last edited by The Toxic Mite; July 23rd, 2009 at 01:01 PM.

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    Cool Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Anyone?

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    Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Plug in an ethernet cable, get your updates. You will probably be offered restricted drivers for your card and vid card possibly too.

    If not, check 'System->Admin->Hardware Drivers'

    Now, go into 'System->Administration->Network and unlock

    Click your wireless device and then 'Properties'.

    Switch off 'Enable Roaming' in the top left and make sure the ESSID and security details match what is in your router. If not, change them.

    In 'Configuration' make it 'Automatic Configuration (DHCP)' if your router is serving your IP address.
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    Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Can you check and see if there are any error messages:
    Code:
    dmesg|grep b43

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    Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Is there a revision number to your chipset? If you dont know post the output of lspci.
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    Question Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Plug in an ethernet cable, get your updates. You will probably be offered restricted drivers for your card and vid card possibly too.

    If not, check 'System->Admin->Hardware Drivers'

    Now, go into 'System->Administration->Network and unlock

    Click your wireless device and then 'Properties'.

    Switch off 'Enable Roaming' in the top left and make sure the ESSID and security details match what is in your router. If not, change them.

    In 'Configuration' make it 'Automatic Configuration (DHCP)' if your router is serving your IP address.
    My computer has no ethernet, and I installed the drivers using my phone as a modem.

    I can't find "Network" in System > Administration, but I do see "Network Tools"

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    Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadow121 View Post
    Is there a revision number to your chipset? If you dont know post the output of lspci.
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 [Brookdale] Chipset Host Bridge (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82845 845 [Brookdale] Chipset AGP Bridge (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev 12)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801BA ISA Bridge (LPC) (rev 12)
    00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801BA IDE U100 Controller (rev 12)
    00:1f.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 12)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM SMBus Controller (rev 12)
    00:1f.4 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM USB Controller #1 (rev 12)
    00:1f.5 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 12)
    00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801BA/BAM AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 12)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation NV11 [GeForce2 MX/MX 400] (rev b2)
    02:01.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)

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    Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Try 'System->Admin->Main Menu'

    and see if 'Network' is unticked and therefore not appearing in your drop-down menu. It should be there.

    I'm a bit confused and curious. Is there only wireless available, no router with ethernet ports?
    Last edited by Bucky Ball; July 23rd, 2009 at 06:52 PM.

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    Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayuthia View Post
    Can you check and see if there are any error messages:
    Code:
    dmesg|grep b43
    Code:
    [    3.919320] b43-pci-bridge 0000:02:01.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
    [   11.960255] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found
    [   25.689060] input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input7
    [   25.732060] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [   25.987054] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/pcm5.fw
    [   26.075456] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
    [   26.131505] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    [   26.356041] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 410.2160 (2007-05-26 15:32:10)
    [   26.425176] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
    [   26.425218] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
    [   26.425260] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
    [   26.448054] b43-phy0: Radio turned on by software

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    Re: Broadcom wireless woes....

    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Ball View Post
    Try 'System->Admin->Main Menu'

    and see if it is unticked and therefore not appearing in your drop-down menu. It should be there.

    I'm a bit confused and curious. If there is no internet, why do you need a wireless card? Or is there wireless available, you just can't get to it?
    The Home Hub is showing up but it's not connecting.

    I also notice that it changes the key when the prompt comes up.

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