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Thread: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

  1. #1431
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Thanks, got it working on the first try on my HP Pavilion dv8000 with a fresh install of Feisty Fawn. I should note that the same did not work on a not so fresh install of edgy. It definitely helps to start fresh if you have already tried other things.

  2. #1432

    My story of success (in the hope it might help others).

    My story of success (in the hope it might help others).

    I met with only limited success using the bcmxx drivers on my Compaq V5101US -- it would work for a while, then suddenly websites just wouldn't resolve. These drivers also had the hilarious side-effect of making my trackpad seriously misbehave.

    I couldn't get ndiswrapper to work for a while. I could install the drivers, but
    Code:
    ndiswrapper -l
    would only tell me
    Code:
    bcmwl5 : driver installed
    but not that a device was present.

    But then I found this page, which said specifically to get my bcmwl5.inf & .sys from the list of hardware at the ndiswrapper website. There I found the driver that came with the V5105US laptop (not quite mine, but pretty close). When I installed this driver, ndiswrapper finally could see my device!

    YAY

    Strangely, "ndiswrapper -m" did not update my "modules" file, so that had to be done by hand. Oh, and ndiswrapper seems to have declared my card to be wlan0, but knetworkmanager sees it as eth1. Huh.

    So: now wifi works, though I can only connect to the unsecured linksys router of a neighbor's. I get stuck at "Configuring Device" when I try to connect to my WPA-enabled router. Hopefully that won't be too difficult to fix.

  3. #1433
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    god, thank you very much, i've never been so happy. I spent 4 days getting this work and now I'm done. Thank you again...

  4. #1434
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    Ubuntu 9.04 Jaunty Jackalope

    Re: HOWTO/SCRIPT: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Wireless light on notebook not on. No wireless networks listed by roaming. I've been working on this on and off since Dapper or earlier. Have a Dell Inspiron 6000
    For some reason I can't upload my log file, so I put it here:
    https://home.comcast.net/~dfourer/bcm4318-setup.log
    (forums gives me error "invalid file" when I tried to upload)

    I have not tried the open source driver option. I have not tried looking in the BIOS for enabling broadcom. I think I have to reboot to do that, so I'll post this first.

    If I try the open source driver, I think I should not have to delete all this, but just turn ndiswrapper off. ??

    Thanks for the help so far.

    Edit--bug found:
    Now I discover a bug with NdisWrapper as installed by your script.
    After suspend--wait a few hours--resume, I can't get a wired internet connection. I fixed the problem by reading your script and undoing it. I removed Ndiswrapper with Synaptic, and deleted lines added to /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist and /etc/modules.
    Last edited by DavidFourer; May 15th, 2007 at 02:33 PM. Reason: Bug found

  5. #1435
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    This is amazing! thank you so much.

  6. #1436
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Ok. It has been several months since I tried this (Ubuntu 6.10) so I am little rusty.

    E: Couldn't find package ndiswrapper-utils-1.8

    What do I have to enable for sudo app-get to be able to find this?

    Also, when i tried the first "easy" way, my light came on, but nothing else happened. When I tried the "other" method, the light turned off and will not come back on. Now i can't seem to get past

    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.8 ndiswrapper-utils-1.1 ndiswrapper-utils ndiswrapper-common

    I have a HP dv8210us

    I sure hope I can get it working this time. It worked briefly under 6.06, but 6.10 crashed my wireless and I got so frustrated I gave up. I had high hopes 7.04 would work out of the box, so to speak. oh well, just more things to learn.....
    A goat leads the lambs to slaughter......

  7. #1437
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    I am reading this right? According to this output the wrapper was successfully installed:

    Pausing for 10 seconds - please read the message.
    Feisty release detected.
    Installing ndiswrapper-1.9...
    Done...
    couldn't delete /etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5a: No such file or directory
    mkdir: cannot create directory `/tmp/bcm4318-setup': File exists
    mv: cannot stat `drivers-32.tar.gz': No such file or directory
    mv: cannot stat `drivers-64.tar.gz': No such file or directory
    You appear to have a 64bit system...installing the 64bit drivers...
    Done...
    Adding drivers to ndiswrapper...
    Done...
    Gathering wireless card information...
    Done...


    But when I check there is not a wireless eth1 to configure. Re-booting doesn't help, and:

    sudo ifdown eth1 outputs: ifdown: interface eth1 not configured

    rebooting doesn't help. and I can't get past:

    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.8 ndiswrapper-utils-1.1 ndiswrapper-utils ndiswrapper-common

    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package ndiswrapper-utils-1.8

    is it because i installed ndiswrapper 1.9? Maybe.....

    sudo apt-get install ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 ndiswrapper-utils-1.1 ndiswrapper-utils ndiswrapper-common
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    ndiswrapper-utils-1.9 is already the newest version.
    E: Couldn't find package ndiswrapper-utils-1.1

    I'm going to try getting automatix and see what happens

    (sorry about reposting, I realized I wasn't being clear in the last one)
    A goat leads the lambs to slaughter......

  8. #1438
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Ok, now I think I have even more precise information:

    I installed automatix, then told it to install NDISwrapper. It said fine. but nothing seemed to change. I rebooted to XP and just checked that my wireless was working (not hardware turned off) and rebooted to Ubuntu. Now the light comes on. But i still do not get anything for wireless under the applet on the upper right, or if I go system->Admin->network.

    I noticed that Automatix says i can look at the graphical front end to NDISwrapper under applications->system (it is not there) or i can type ndisgtk at the command line (this does work and launches the applet).

    What I get from the applet is that it doesn't show any wireless network drivers installed. However, if I try to install the bcmwl5.inf file that was included with the downloads from Step one of this thread, the applet reports that the driver is already installed.

    the file came right out of the 64 bit drivers folder I d/l. Any thoughts?

    (on side note, the interface for Ubuntu is evolving nicely)
    A goat leads the lambs to slaughter......

  9. #1439
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    Thank you!!

    I am brand spanking new to linux and was having much difficulty getting the wireless card to work, but method 2 worked perfect after a fresh install on my Gateway Laptop.

    Thanks again, all!!

  10. #1440
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    Re: HOWTO: Broadcom 4318 Wireless Cards

    dasgoat@dasgoat-laptop:~$ sudo rmmod bcm43xx
    ERROR: Module bcm43xx does not exist in /proc/modules
    dasgoat@dasgoat-laptop:~$ sudo rmmod ndiswrapper
    dasgoat@dasgoat-laptop:~$ sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    dasgoat@dasgoat-laptop:~$ sudo ifdown eth1
    ifdown: interface eth1 not configured
    dasgoat@dasgoat-laptop:~$ sudo ifup eth1
    eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
    There is already a pid file /var/run/dhclient.eth1.pid with pid 6847440
    Internet Systems Consortium DHCP Client V3.0.4
    Copyright 2004-2006 Internet Systems Consortium.
    All rights reserved.
    For info, please visit http://www.isc.org/sw/dhcp/

    SIOCSIFADDR: No such device
    eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
    eth1: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
    Bind socket to interface: No such device
    Failed to bring up eth1.
    dasgoat@dasgoat-laptop:~$

    Huh?
    A goat leads the lambs to slaughter......

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