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    Lightbulb F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    My Hardware


    I bought Dell Inspiron 15R (5520). It comes with Dell Wireless 1704. The chipset is Broadcom 4365. Following is the output for lscpi -vnn

    02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0016]
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
    Memory at c0500000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=32K]
    Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
    Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information: Len=78 <?>
    Capabilities: [48] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit+
    Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
    Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel
    Capabilities: [160] Device Serial Number 00-00-85-ff-ff-b8-c0-18
    Capabilities: [16c] Power Budgeting <?>

    I am using fedora 17 with b43-openfwwf package. It is not detecting the card.
    I also tried rpmfusion Broadcom's proprietry Drivers version 5.100.82. They aren't working.
    Some internet research tells me that I need Version 6.

    Solution


    1) Download the file from the link

    2) sudo yum install dpkg

    3) mkdir BCM43142

    4) dpkg-deb -x Downloads/wireless-bcm43142-dkms-6.20.55.19_amd64.deb BCM43142

    5) cd BCM43142/usr/src/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400/src/wl/sys

    6) sudo yum install kernel-devel kernel-headers

    7) vi wl_linux.c

    8)
    around line 46, remove the line
    #include <asm/system.h>

    9) save the file (:wq)

    10) cd ../../..

    Install development tools like gcc (yum install gcc) if not already installed.
    11) make

    Things should work, and you'll have a file called "wl.ko" in the current directory.

    12) sudo yum remove broadcom-wl

    13) sudo mkdir -p /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/extra/wl

    14) sudo cp wl.ko /lib/modules/$(uname -r)/extra/wl

    15) sudo depmod -a

    16) sudo modprobe wl

    Voila! My wireless is working.

    lshw -C network output:

    ================================================== ========
    *-network
    description: Wireless interface
    product: Broadcom Corporation
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:02:00.0
    logical name: eth0
    version: 01
    serial: c0:18:85:b8:2d:1d
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
    configuration: broadcast=yes driver=wl0 driverversion=6.20.55.19 (r300276) ip=192.168.1.110 latency=0 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11abg
    resources: irq:17 memory:c0500000-c0507fff
    ================================================== =========

    Note: Wireless N is not supported in this driver version.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    OK So I followed your instructions and this is my output of the lshw -C network command. I get no logical name.

    *-network
    description: Network controller
    product: Broadcom Corporation
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:01:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: driver=wl latency=0
    resources: irq:16 memory:d0500000-d0507fff

  3. #3
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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    Use 'lspci -nnk' please. Your vnn leaves out important info and includes useless info.

    Evilb'
    use lsmod to determine if the wl driver is loaded.
    You can unload/reload the driver (modprobe -r wl; modprobe wl) and examine the output of 'dmesg' output to see if it claimed the device or not or go an error.

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    sudo modprobe -r wl returns:

    FATAL: Module wl is in use.

    lspci -nnk:

    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:0166] (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    00:14.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
    00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: mei
    00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 5 [8086:1e18] (rev c4)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller [8086:1e57] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:1e03] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: ahci
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0016]
    Kernel driver in use: wl
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    Last edited by evilbastard; 23rd September 2012 at 10:15 PM.

  5. #5
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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0016]
    Kernel driver in use: wl
    The wl driver did claim the device. You should see it with
    ip link.

    You can configure it with NetworkManager or manually or ...
    May require a restart of NM to see it.

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    I think my problem is that it requires you to press fn-f2 to turn the device on. This works in windows, and there is no option to turn it on in the system bios. Pressing FN-F2 under Fedora doesn't work.

    ip link returns:

    1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 16436 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    2: p4p1: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP mode DEFAULT qlen 1000
    link/ether 5c:f9:dd:44:ff:73 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff

    After restarting network manager dmesg now returns:

    [ 133.571924] usb 2-1.5: Product: BCM43142A0
    [ 133.571927] usb 2-1.5: Manufacturer: Broadcom Corp
    [ 133.571930] usb 2-1.5: SerialNumber: C01885C35106
    [ 2860.512299] usb 2-1.5: USB disconnect, device number 5
    [ 2937.644986] usb 2-1.5: new full-speed USB device number 6 using ehci_hcd
    [ 2937.732970] usb 2-1.5: New USB device found, idVendor=0a5c, idProduct=21d7
    [ 2937.732976] usb 2-1.5: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=3
    [ 2937.732980] usb 2-1.5: Product: BCM43142A0
    [ 2937.732983] usb 2-1.5: Manufacturer: Broadcom Corp
    [ 2937.732986] usb 2-1.5: SerialNumber: C01885C35106
    [ 2988.275485] Loading kernel module for a network device with CAP_SYS_MODULE (deprecated). Use CAP_NET_ADMIN and alias netdev-wl instead.
    [ 2988.289770] Loading kernel module for a network device with CAP_SYS_MODULE (deprecated). Use CAP_NET_ADMIN and alias netdev-wl instead.
    [ 3403.805588] usb 2-1.5: USB disconnect, device number 6
    Last edited by evilbastard; 23rd September 2012 at 10:48 PM. Reason: Additional update

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    Did you remove all b43 and broadcom sta driver older packages. If not following is the list of packages you should remove.

    1) b43-openfwwf
    2) broadcom-wl (This package is installed through rpmfusion repo)

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    >>Did you remove all b43 and broadcom sta driver older packages. If not following is the list of packages you >>should remove.

    >>1) b43-openfwwf
    >>2) broadcom-wl (This package is installed through rpmfusion repo)

    OK Did that, the b43-openfwwf was removed, and broadcom-wl was not installed so not removed. Still not seeing the card available in network manager.

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    Restart the computer.

    Run the following commands:
    cd BCM43142/usr/src/wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400
    make clean

    Then redo from step 5.

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    OK did that, but when I do the modprobe wl, the screen goes black with a bunch of registry text and something about wl_ . Looks like it didn't like the modprobe wl.

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    Just for my confirmation. Are you doing the step 12 to step 16 as root user.

    Please also paste the output of lsmod and lspci -nnk before doing the above steps.

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    Quote Originally Posted by jawadjee
    Just for my confirmation. Are you doing the step 12 to step 16 as root user.

    Please also paste the output of lsmod and lspci -nnk before doing the above steps.
    I did run all the steps as root

    [root@bakapc log]# lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    vfat 17461 0
    fat 60397 1 vfat
    usb_storage 56353 0
    ndiswrapper 278456 0
    nls_utf8 12557 1
    fuse 77952 3
    bnep 19584 2
    bluetooth 298929 7 bnep
    rfkill 21384 3 bluetooth
    ip6t_REJECT 12939 2
    nf_conntrack_ipv4 14744 2
    nf_defrag_ipv4 12673 1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
    nf_conntrack_ipv6 14341 3
    nf_defrag_ipv6 18177 1 nf_conntrack_ipv6
    xt_state 12578 5
    nf_conntrack 83563 3 xt_state,nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ipv6
    ip6table_filter 12815 1
    ip6_tables 26942 1 ip6table_filter
    snd_hda_codec_hdmi 36103 1
    snd_hda_codec_idt 70209 1
    snd_hda_intel 37587 2
    snd_hda_codec 126728 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 17650 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 97292 3 snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel
    snd_page_alloc 18101 2 snd_pcm,snd_hda_intel
    snd_timer 28690 1 snd_pcm
    snd 79242 11 snd_hwdep,snd_timer,snd_hda_codec_hdmi,snd_hda_cod ec_idt,snd_pcm,snd_hda_codec,snd_hda_intel
    soundcore 14491 1 snd
    uvcvideo 76826 0
    videobuf2_vmalloc 12967 1 uvcvideo
    videobuf2_memops 13354 1 videobuf2_vmalloc
    videobuf2_core 31992 1 uvcvideo
    videodev 116207 2 uvcvideo,videobuf2_core
    coretemp 13480 0
    r8169 61608 0
    mei 75591 0
    lpc_ich 17061 0
    kvm_intel 132543 0
    media 20444 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    mfd_core 13145 1 lpc_ich
    mii 13527 1 r8169
    i2c_i801 17779 0
    dell_wmi 12681 0
    sparse_keymap 13526 1 dell_wmi
    kvm 412517 1 kvm_intel
    microcode 23435 0
    dell_laptop 17369 0
    dcdbas 14828 1 dell_laptop
    uinput 17673 0
    binfmt_misc 17463 1
    crc32c_intel 12901 0
    ghash_clmulni_intel 13180 0
    wmi 18697 1 dell_wmi
    i915 510726 3
    video 18936 1 i915
    i2c_algo_bit 13257 1 i915
    drm_kms_helper 40253 1 i915
    drm 259168 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    i2c_core 38177 6 drm,i915,i2c_i801,drm_kms_helper,i2c_algo_bit,vide odev

    [root@bakapc log]# lspci -nnk
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Device [8086:0166] (rev 09)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    00:14.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
    00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: mei
    00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 [8086:1e10] (rev c4)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 5 [8086:1e18] (rev c4)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller [8086:1e57] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA AHCI Controller [8086:1e03] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: ahci
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4365] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0016]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
    Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:0564]
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    [root@bakapc log]#

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    I dont see any problem here. I have a bad experience with ndiswrapper. Can you try removing ndiswrapper and then try.
    Can you confirm me your kernel version?
    Are you trying it on Fedora 17?

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    [/COLOR]OK So I wasn't able to get modprobe wl to work, but insmod wl gave me some results. Now I can see the device in Network Manager, IWCONFIG shows it as eth0

    iwconfig eth0
    eth0 IEEE 802.11abg ESSID:off/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
    Power Management:off

    ip link
    1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 16436 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00
    2: p4p1: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state UP mode DEFAULT qlen 1000
    link/ether 5c:f9:dd:44:ff:73 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    4: eth0: <NO-CARRIER,BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast state DORMANT mode DORMANT qlen 1000
    link/ether c0:18:85:c3:51:05 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
    [mulder@bakapc wireless-bcm43142-oneiric-dkms-6.20.55.19~bdcom0602.0400.1000.0400]$


    Now how can I get it to connect to my wireless network? I don't have a wireless network manager option.

    Edit - I know can turn the card on and off with the F2-FN keys. I think I am almost there.

    Finally have the card connected to my network. Much thanks to all the help provided here!
    Last edited by evilbastard; 28th September 2012 at 03:38 PM. Reason: Add additional information.

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    Re: F17 Broadcom 14e4:4365 Dell Wifi 1704 Drivers

    OK So I updated to Fedora 18, and am trying to get the card working with that kernel. 3.6.10-4.fc18.x86_64. I make sure to do a make clean before the make. Then when I get to the modprobe wl it hangs the system. And upon reboot it still hangs. Only way out is to use an older kernel and remove the wl.ko file from the /lib/modules/(uname -r)/extra/wl

    insmod wl.ko does the same thing.

    Any ideas on why it would hang?

    Edit:

    Got it working Initially I was using the package wireless-bcm43142-dkms-6.20.55.19_amd64.deb to build from source. I found a newer one named wireless-bcm43142-dkms-6.20.55.19-1_amd64.deb and when I compiled and installed from that, it worked.
    Last edited by evilbastard; 9th February 2013 at 06:59 PM. Reason: Close problem solved.

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