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Old 22nd November 2010, 04:31 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

OK, what I am thinking is that the acpi=off somehow turned off the wireless, or the power to the wireless, similar to the physical switch on the PC. But I don't know how to check that or turn it on.
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Old 22nd November 2010, 03:05 PM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Hello Raymond001

If that were the case, There is a thread here:

http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=249577

that may be of interest. Usually though, from what I have seen, if the wireless device is deactivated the wl driver reports on it in the output from dmesg.

---------- Post added at 02:05 PM GMT ---------- Previous post was at 02:04 PM GMT ----------

Hello buffalosolja42

Not sure what you are saying here. You'll need to be a little more wordy and explain what you are doing. It's difficult here when I can't see what's on your screen.
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Old 22nd November 2010, 04:17 PM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Sorry iwconfig gave me the output

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.
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Old 22nd November 2010, 04:24 PM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Hello buffalosolja42

So, as I asked previously, have you tried installing the broadcom-wl driver?

If you haven't, run the command:

Code:
uname -r
and I can tell you how to do that because it depends on which kernel you have installed and that command will tell us.

You will also need some supplementary Fedora repositories enabled. Have you installed the RPMFusion repositories yet?

Can I assume you have internet access on the machine, or will you need to download the necessary packages, transfer them and then install them?
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Old 23rd November 2010, 04:49 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Installed rfkill using add/remove software and when I try it I get the following error. Did it as SU.

rfkill list
Can't open RFKILL control device: No such file or directory

Help works, but anything else I type in gets me the above error
rfkill --help
Usage: rfkill [options] command
Options:
--version show version (0.4)
Commands:
help
event
list [IDENTIFIER]
block IDENTIFIER
unblock IDENTIFIER
where IDENTIFIER is the index no. of an rfkill switch or one of:
<idx> all wifi wlan bluetooth uwb ultrawideband wimax wwan gps fm
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Old 23rd November 2010, 09:24 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Hello Raymond001

Searching for that particular message on the web reveals that it is not unknown, but there appears to be no single way of fixing it.

One person reported that the state of the wireless, on or off, when the machine booted made a difference.

Another, that there was a module specific to their particular make of desktop being loaded that caused the trouble.

Do you want to post the complete output from:

Code:
lsmod
so that we can both peruse it for oddities.
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Old 24th November 2010, 05:03 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Well, between this and my other thread at
http://forums.fedoraforum.org/showthread.php?t=254289
Just getting F14 installed and then trying to get the wireless working (never did) it has been about 2 weeks.

So it is time that I try something else. Installed Ubuntu 10.10 (with acpi=off) and the wireless works. Uses the Broadcom STA wireless driver.

I had no problem installing F12 or F13 on this PC. Got the wireless to work using the procedure I mentioned in this thread on both F12 and F13. Prefer Fedora, but you gotta go with what works. I will try F15 when it comes out.

Who knows, maybe if I get the time and incentive later on I may try dual booting Ubuntu and Fedora (have to find out how to do that, or can it be done during the Fedora install?) and see if I can get the wireless to work in Fedora. I will post back here if I do.

Thanks for all your help.
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Old 24th November 2010, 10:02 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

So yeah... I finally decided to upgrade my F13 to F14....

I have a broadcom bcm4312 wireless card and I have already installed the kmod-wl (akmod, actually, but that should make no difference) from rpmfusion.org.

The wl module loads not-very-gracefully and creates an eth1 wireless device (why not a wlan0?). Anyway, I can't enable wireless via NetworkManager (neither nm-applet, nor nmcli). My wireless card is correctly detected, I just can't turn it on!

Any ideas?
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Old 22nd January 2011, 03:37 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Just wanted to note that, three months later, I'm having the exact same problem with my Lenovo G550, Fedora 14, and the same card. I have tried installing either kmod-wl or akmod-wl from the rpmfusion repo but in both cases, cannot see any wireless networks or connect to ones that worked with Fedora 13. Everything looks exactly the same as the reports above, except I'm now working with kernel-2.6.35.10-74.fc14.i686

Is there any kind of useful information we could gather, say logs somewhere, that could constitute a useful bug report? Nothing I've found looks particularly relevant.
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Old 26th January 2011, 05:23 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

I am a newbie to linux so please be patient. I am experiencing the same problem. I installed v.14 on an older laptop. The ethernet works fine but no wireless. I downloaded what I believe is the proper firmware broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5 and have been trying to extract it to the /lib/firmware folder but get an error message stating that I dont have the proper permissions. How do I get the right permission? Also I followed the directions below and copied the following:

00:00.0 Host bridge: ATI Technologies Inc AGP Bridge [IGP 320M] (rev 13)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: ATI Technologies Inc PCI Bridge [IGP 320M] (rev 01)
00:02.0 USB Controller: ALi Corporation USB 1.1 Controller (rev 03)
00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller: ALi Corporation M5451 PCI AC-Link Controller Audio Device (rev 02)
00:07.0 ISA bridge: ALi Corporation M1533/M1535/M1543 PCI to ISA Bridge [Aladdin IV/V/V+]
00:08.0 Modem: ALi Corporation M5457 AC'97 Modem Controller
00:09.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
00:0a.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02)
00:10.0 IDE interface: ALi Corporation M5229 IDE (rev c4)
00:11.0 Bridge: ALi Corporation M7101 Power Management Controller [PMU]
00:12.0 Ethernet controller: National Semiconductor Corporation DP83815 (MacPhyter) Ethernet Controller
01:05.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc Radeon Mobility U1

I really like the Fedora linux and hope to get the wireless to work.

Rick
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Old 26th January 2011, 10:19 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Hello rickymo

Welcome to the forum.

There are several ways to control Broadcom wireless cards, which yours is:

Quote:
00:09.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
I believe that your card, the 4306, should be supported by the built in "b43" driver and free firmware in Fedora 14.

Try running the command:

Code:
lsmod | grep b4
and if the output returns the 'b43' module then run:

Code:
iwconfig
Post back your results and we'll think again.
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Old 27th January 2011, 03:27 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Thanks for the reply.

What comes back is the following:

b43legacy 84711 0
mac80211 188648 1 b43legacy
cfg80211 110951 2 b43legacy,mac80211
ssb 42089 1 b43legacy
[root@Ricky ~]# iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:off

What next?

Thanks for your help.

Rick
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Old 27th January 2011, 03:34 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

For that b43legacy driver module, I recommend that you install the version 3 firmware from OpenWrt. Since you have an Ethernet connection, open a terminal and do it this way...
Code:
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o
su
b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o
Then reboot and check the NetworkManager panel icon for available networks (left-click the icon) and connect.
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Old 27th January 2011, 05:01 AM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Thanks for the advice. This is what happened:

[root@Ricky ~]#
[root@Ricky ~]# wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...a-3.130.20.0.o
bash: wget: command not found...
[root@Ricky ~]# wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...a-3.130.20.0.0
bash: wget: command not found...
[root@Ricky ~]# wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...a-3.130.20.0.o
bash: wget: command not found...
[root@Ricky ~]#
[root@Ricky ~]# su
[root@Ricky ~]#
[root@Ricky ~]# b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o


Could the link be wrong?
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Old 27th January 2011, 02:19 PM
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Re: F14 Broadcom wireless problem

Thanks for the reply. Here is what happened:

[root@Ricky ~]#
[root@Ricky ~]# wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...a-3.130.20.0.o
bash: wget: command not found...
[root@Ricky ~]# wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...a-3.130.20.0.0
bash: wget: command not found...
[root@Ricky ~]# wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources...a-3.130.20.0.o
bash: wget: command not found...
[root@Ricky ~]#
[root@Ricky ~]# su
[root@Ricky ~]#
[root@Ricky ~]# b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o

---------- Post added at 11:56 PM ---------- Previous post was at 11:12 PM ----------

Got it! Thanks, you guys are the best!!!

I had to download and install GPU wget and then run the code you provided. It worked!!

Thank you very much for your help.

Rick

---------- Post added 27th January 2011 at 08:19 AM ---------- Previous post was 26th January 2011 at 11:56 PM ----------

I have encountered one problem. The connection is VERY slow on wireless. It was good under windows. Is there some way to tweak it?

Thanks again for all the help.

Rick
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