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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by aptdude View Post
    Howdy,
    Upon cleaning up after the celebration of getting wlan0 working with the Linksys WMP11, the fates decided to freeze the system. After the subsequent cold boot, wlan0 doesn't show up. lshw -C network is showing ssb as the module. I guess I'm just trying to shoot for a results approach with ndiswrapper. Right now, on bootup, b44 picks up the card and that fails with a -22 error, according to syslog. So, I've removed both b44 and ssb and now lshw -C network shows that interface as "UNCLAIMED". What command binds a driver (like ndiswrapper) to this hardware? I'd even go for a Fred Flintstone direct approach rather than pci discovery methods.
    Any help would be greatly appreciated!
    Can you let us know which version of Ubuntu you are using (Jaunty, Intrepid, Hardy, etc.) along with posting the results of:
    Code:
    lshw -C network
    What happens when you do the following:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -r b43 b44 ssb ndiswrapper wl
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    sudo iwlist scan

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Thank you very much for your interest and help!


    Here's the details that you requested. I don't have many options for output, other than transcription (maybe pictures) without the wireless.


    Info brought forward:
    Dell Dimension XPS_R (bought in 1996)
    [Linksys WMP11] 00:0f.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    14e4:4301 (rev 02)
    Ubuntu 8.04.2; 2.6.24-23-server i686
    boot option acpi=off
    No compile of ndiswrapper required
    Used step 2a
    Used Hardy bug fix – permanent by version 0.3
    additional – used drivers from http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/drivers.php burned onto cd, installed driver to ndiswrapper using package ndisgtk.


    On boot after a cold halt:
    ifconfig
    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128
    UP LOOKBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric: 1
    RX packets:76 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:76 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:3800 (3.7 KB) TX bytes:3800 (3.7 KB)


    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions


    eth0 no wireless extensions


    lshw -C network
    *-network:0 DISABLED
    description: Ethernet Interface
    product: 82559 InBusiness 10/100
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: e
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0e.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 08
    serial: 00:d0:b7:5d:57:23
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33 Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.23-k4-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=66 maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 module=e100 multicast=yes
    *-network:1
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: f
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0
    version: 02
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=64 module=ssb


    sudo modprobe -r b43 b44 ssb ndiswrapper wl
    FATAL: Module wl not found
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
    sudo iwlist scan
    lo Interface doesn't support scanning.


    eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.


    lshw -C network
    *-network:0 DISABLED
    description: Ethernet Interface
    product: 82559 InBusiness 10/100
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: e
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0e.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 08
    serial: 00:d0:b7:5d:57:23
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33 Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.23-k4-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=66 maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 module=e100 multicast=yes
    *-network:1 UNCLAIMED
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: f
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0
    version: 02
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=64


    Thanks in advance! Please note that I performed the changes from the website, which includes blacklisting b43 and b43legacy.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by aptdude View Post
    Thank you very much for your interest and help!


    Here's the details that you requested. I don't have many options for output, other than transcription (maybe pictures) without the wireless.


    Info brought forward:
    Dell Dimension XPS_R (bought in 1996)
    [Linksys WMP11] 00:0f.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
    14e4:4301 (rev 02)
    Ubuntu 8.04.2; 2.6.24-23-server i686
    boot option acpi=off
    No compile of ndiswrapper required
    Used step 2a
    Used Hardy bug fix – permanent by version 0.3
    additional – used drivers from http://www.linuxant.com/driverloader/drivers.php burned onto cd, installed driver to ndiswrapper using package ndisgtk.


    On boot after a cold halt:
    ifconfig
    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128
    UP LOOKBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric: 1
    RX packets:76 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:76 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:3800 (3.7 KB) TX bytes:3800 (3.7 KB)


    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions


    eth0 no wireless extensions


    lshw -C network
    *-network:0 DISABLED
    description: Ethernet Interface
    product: 82559 InBusiness 10/100
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: e
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0e.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 08
    serial: 00:d0:b7:5d:57:23
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33 Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.23-k4-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=66 maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 module=e100 multicast=yes
    *-network:1
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: f
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0
    version: 02
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=64 module=ssb


    sudo modprobe -r b43 b44 ssb ndiswrapper wl
    FATAL: Module wl not found
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device
    sudo iwlist scan
    lo Interface doesn't support scanning.


    eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.


    lshw -C network
    *-network:0 DISABLED
    description: Ethernet Interface
    product: 82559 InBusiness 10/100
    vendor: Intel Corporation
    physical id: e
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0e.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 08
    serial: 00:d0:b7:5d:57:23
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33 Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.23-k4-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=66 maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 module=e100 multicast=yes
    *-network:1 UNCLAIMED
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: f
    bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0
    version: 02
    width: 32 bits
    clock: 33Mhz
    capabilities: bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=64


    Thanks in advance! Please note that I performed the changes from the website, which includes blacklisting b43 and b43legacy.
    I am getting too old. I forgot to add the b43legacy module. Can you try the following:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -r b43 b43legacy ssb ndiswrapper
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    sudo iwlist scan
    If it does not provide any scan results, can you post the results of:
    Code:
    dmesg|grep ndis
    ndiswrapper -l
    It will hopefully provide some information about what is happening with ndiswrapper.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayuthia View Post
    I am getting too old. I forgot to add the b43legacy module. Can you try the following:
    Code:
    sudo modprobe -r b43 b43legacy ssb ndiswrapper
    sudo modprobe ndiswrapper
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    sudo iwlist scan
    If it does not provide any scan results, can you post the results of:
    Code:
    dmesg|grep ndis
    ndiswrapper -l
    It will hopefully provide some information about what is happening with ndiswrapper.
    Okay,
    Here's those results (I included b44 in the module remove, since it is assigned to the wireless):
    Code:
     
    
    sudo modprobe -r b43 b43legacy b44 ssb ndiswrapper sudo modprobe ndiswrapper sudo ifconfig wlan0 up wlan0: ERROR while getting interface flags: No such device sudo iwlist scan lo Interface doesn't support scanning. eth0 Interface doesn't support scanning.
    lshw -C network *-network:0 DISABLED description: Ethernet Interface product: 82559 InBusiness 10/100 vendor: Intel Corporation physical id: e bus info: pci@0000:00:0e.0 logical name: eth0 version: 08 serial: 00:d0:b7:5d:57:23 width: 32 bits clock: 33 Mhz capabilities: bus_master cap_list ethernet physical configuration: broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.23-k4-NAPI firmware=N/A latency=66 maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 module=e100 multicast=yes *-network:1 UNCLAIMED description: Network controller product: BCM4303 802.11b Wireless LAN Controller vendor: Broadcom Corporation physical id: f bus info: pci@0000:00:0f.0 version: 02 width: 32 bits clock: 33Mhz capabilities: cap_list configuration: latency=64
    dmesg | grep ndis [ 73.112730] ndiswrapper version 1.52 loaded (smp=yes, preempt =no) [ 74.282845] usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper [ 265.799907] usbcore: deregistering interface driver ndiswrapper [ 265.894256] ndiswrapper version 1.52 loaded (smp=yes, preempt=no) [ 265.934596] usbcore: registered new interface driver ndiswrapper
    ndiswrapper -l bcmwl5 : driver installed device (14E4:4301) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx)
    If I read the dmesg output right - is this trying to put ndiswrapper on the USB? As a result, it's unavailable for wlan0?
    Thanks!
    Last edited by aptdude; June 18th, 2009 at 03:13 AM. Reason: I forgot the ressults of the initial commands - sry

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    The usbcore information is normal. Ndiswrapper can also be used for some USB devices so they are hooked together.

    It seems that we are missing a module somewhere. Can you post the results of:
    Code:
    lsmod
    The only thing that I can think of is that the bcm43xx module is there. The ndiswrapper information looks fine. Is there a switch to turn on your wireless? If so, can you flip the switch just to make sure that it is on?

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayuthia View Post
    The usbcore information is normal. Ndiswrapper can also be used for some USB devices so they are hooked together.

    It seems that we are missing a module somewhere. Can you post the results of:
    Code:
    lsmod
    The only thing that I can think of is that the bcm43xx module is there. The ndiswrapper information looks fine. Is there a switch to turn on your wireless? If so, can you flip the switch just to make sure that it is on?
    Well, that wasn't fun... There's no switch on this card. In fact, I swapped back to the Win2000 drive to make sure this card was working, and it is.

    A bit of context - I haven't rebooted. This is the module map after issuing the last set of commands.

    Code:
     
    
    lsmod Module Size Used by af_packet 23684 0 ndiswrapper 192664 0 isofs 36260 1 udf 88356 0 ipv6 272932 15 iptable_filter 3840 0 ip_tables 14820 1 iptable_filter x_tables 16132 1 ip_tables lp 12324 0 loop 19076 0 parport_pc 36644 1 parport 37704 2 lp,parport_pc snd_cs4232 15412 0 evdev 12928 1 serio_raw 7940 0 snd_opl3_lib 12928 1 snd_cs4232 ns558 5760 0 snd_hwdep 10500 1 snd_opl3_lib snd_cs4231_lib 26624 1 snd_cs4232 snd_mpu401_uart 9728 1 snd_cs4232 snd_cs46xx 86728 0 gameport 16008 3 ns558,snd_cs46xx snd_rawmidi 25632 2 snd_mpu401_uart,snd_cs46xx snd_seq_device 9612 2 snd_opl3_lib,snd_rawmidi snd_ac97_codec 100772 1 snd_cs46xx ac97_bus 3072 1 snd_ac97_codec snd_pcm 78596 3 snd_cs4231_lib,snd_cs46xx,snd_ac97_codec shpchp 34452 0 i2c_piix4 9612 0 snd_timer 24836 3 snd_opl3_lib,and_cs4231_lib,snd_pcm intel_agp 25620 1 pci_hotplug 30880 1 shpchp i2c_core 24832 1 i2c_piix4 snd 56868 11 snd_cs4232,snd_opl3_lib,snd_hwdep,snd_cs4231_lib,snd_mpu401_uart,snd_cs46xx,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq_device,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm,snd_timer agpgart 34760 1 intel_agp soundcore 8800 1 snd snd_page_alloc 11528 3 snd_cs4231_lib,snd_cs46xx,snd_pcm psmouse 40208 0 pcspkr 4224 0 ext3 136584 1 jbd 48404 1 ext3 mbcache 9600 1 ext3 sg 36496 0 sr_mod 17828 1 cdrom 37280 1 sr_mod sd_mod 30720 3 pata_acpi 8320 0 ata_piix 19588 3 ata_generic 8324 0 uhci_hcd 27152 0 floppy 59332 0 libata 159600 3 pata_acpi,ata_piix,ata_generic e100 37516 0 mii 6400 1 e100 usbcore 146284 3 ndiswrapper,uhci_hcd scsi_mod 151180 4 sg,sr_mod,sd_mod,libata fbcon 42656 0 tileblit 3456 1 fbcon font 9472 1 fbcon bitblit 6784 1 fbcon softcursor 3072 1 bitblit fuse 50580 1
    Sorry about the formatting - best I can do with the transcription. I'm going to close up, so take your time and I'll get back to you tomorrow.
    Thanks again!
    Last edited by aptdude; June 18th, 2009 at 04:31 AM. Reason: forgot the context comment

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Everything looks right. The ndiswrapper module is loaded and has no errors. The other possible conflicting wireless modules are not loaded but for some reason, the card is not turning on. Can you post/attach your /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper file?

    You might check and see if there are files in /etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5. That is where ndiswrapper stores the Windows driver.

    Have you ever installed the firmware for the b43legacy module? Can you check:
    Code:
    dmesg|grep -e b43 -e bcm43xx
    I just want to see if the system does try to load those modules at all.

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    I'll do that when I get home. I would like to try a different tactic, too. wlan0 did work once for a short time. I'd like to try to replicate that and get the repeatability of it down. In order to do it, I'll need to undo the blacklists from the "up in 5 minutes" forum (b43 and b43legacy). There are two parts at play here - first ndiswrapper needs to be associated with the hardware; second, the driver in ndiswrapper needs to be able to start the device. Let me know what you think. Thanks!

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    I think that sounds fine. Just let us know how it goes!

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    Re: HowTo: Broadcom BCM43xx in 5 minutes with ndiswrapper/WPA for fresh installs

    Quote Originally Posted by Ayuthia View Post
    Everything looks right. The ndiswrapper module is loaded and has no errors. The other possible conflicting wireless modules are not loaded but for some reason, the card is not turning on. Can you post/attach your /etc/modprobe.d/ndiswrapper file?

    You might check and see if there are files in /etc/ndiswrapper/bcmwl5. That is where ndiswrapper stores the Windows driver.

    Have you ever installed the firmware for the b43legacy module? Can you check:
    Code:
    dmesg|grep -e b43 -e bcm43xx
    I just want to see if the system does try to load those modules at all.
    I don't have a simple method of getting files from this system right now, so sorry about that. The response to the dmesg query was nothing, just another prompt. Though, I have started poking in the syslog.
    The one time that I had success, on bootup, b44 initially took this device. For some unknown reason, b43legacy later took it and started the radio on it. b43legacy couldn't fully communicate with it, since it didn't have firmware. When I removed module b43legacy and modprobed ndiswrapper, ndiswrapper attached and it could communicate.
    So, what I think I'll try is to blacklist b44 and b43. With any luck, b43legacy should get it on boot and turn on the radio. Then I can rmmod b43legacy and ndiswrapper, modprobe ndiswrapper - and it should work. That way, I can check out all of the various ndiswrapper drivers until I can find one that works without crashing.

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