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    [SOLVED] Wlan?


    i am very new to debian i just installed it, before that i was a windows xp user. i have a broadcom WLAN adaptor that came with my computer, and i have the .exe file from the compaq website (the adaptor does not work since i installed debian. i know that debian doesn't accept .exe files, and i need to know how to get my WLAN working. i also cannot install any .deb packages, for when i double click on them, archive manager says that the archive type is not supported. PLEASE HELP!

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    Please post the output of
    Code:
    lspci -vnn
    lsmod
    There are two possible solutions for getting the card to work. There is a non-free driver released by broadcom for some cards, and there is a free driver which is included in Debian, but requires extra non-free firmware. The above command will help us identify for card and determine which you need.

    Do you have access to a wired network connection? It will make it much easier if so.

    More info:
    wl - Debian Wiki
    bcm43xx - Debian Wiki

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    the output of lspci -vnn is:
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 Host Bridge [10de:00d1] (rev a4)
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0
    Memory at f0000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=128M]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-amd64
    Kernel modules: amd64-agp

    00:01.0 ISA bridge [0601]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 LPC Bridge [10de:00d0] (rev a6)
    Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0c80]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0

    00:01.1 SMBus [0c05]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 SMBus [10de:00d4] (rev a4)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006d]
    Flags: 66MHz, fast devsel, IRQ 10
    I/O ports at 2040 [size=64]
    I/O ports at 2000 [size=64]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: nForce2_smbus
    Kernel modules: i2c-nforce2

    00:02.0 USB Controller [0c03]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 USB 1.1 [10de:00d7] (rev a5) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
    Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0c80]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 21
    Memory at e8000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    Kernel modules: ohci-hcd

    00:02.1 USB Controller [0c03]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 USB 1.1 [10de:00d7] (rev a5) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
    Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0c80]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
    Memory at e8001000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    Kernel modules: ohci-hcd

    00:02.2 USB Controller [0c03]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 USB 2.0 [10de:00d8] (rev a2) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
    Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0c80]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 22
    Memory at e8004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    Kernel modules: ehci-hcd

    00:06.0 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 Audio [10de:00da] (rev a2)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006d]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 21
    I/O ports at 1400 [size=256]
    I/O ports at 1c00 [size=128]
    Memory at e8002000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: Intel ICH
    Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0

    00:06.1 Modem [0703]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 Audio [10de:00d9] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [Generic])
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006d]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 22
    I/O ports at 1800 [size=256]
    I/O ports at 1c80 [size=128]
    Memory at e8003000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: Intel ICH Modem
    Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0m

    00:08.0 IDE interface [0101]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 IDE [10de:00d5] (rev a5) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
    Subsystem: nVidia Corporation Device [10de:0c80]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0
    [virtual] Memory at 000001f0 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=8]
    [virtual] Memory at 000003f0 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=1]
    [virtual] Memory at 00000170 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=8]
    [virtual] Memory at 00000370 (type 3, non-prefetchable) [disabled] [size=1]
    I/O ports at 2080 [size=16]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: AMD_IDE
    Kernel modules: amd74xx

    00:0a.0 PCI bridge [0604]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 PCI Bridge [10de:00dd] (rev a2) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, fast devsel, latency 0
    Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=0a, sec-latency=128
    I/O behind bridge: 00003000-00007fff
    Memory behind bridge: e8100000-e97fffff
    Kernel modules: shpchp

    00:0b.0 PCI bridge [0604]: nVidia Corporation nForce3 AGP Bridge [10de:00d2] (rev a4) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 16
    Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=10
    Memory behind bridge: ea000000-eaffffff
    Prefetchable memory behind bridge: f8000000-fc0fffff
    Kernel modules: shpchp

    00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
    Flags: fast devsel
    Capabilities: <access denied>

    00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
    Flags: fast devsel

    00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
    Flags: fast devsel

    00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
    Flags: fast devsel
    Kernel driver in use: k8temp
    Kernel modules: k8temp

    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: nVidia Corporation NV17 [GeForce4 420 Go 32M] [10de:0176] (rev a3) (prog-if 00 [VGA controller])
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006d]
    Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 11
    Memory at ea000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
    Memory at f8000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=64M]
    Memory at fc000000 (32-bit, prefetchable) [size=512K]
    [virtual] Expansion ROM at fc080000 [disabled] [size=128K]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel modules: nvidiafb

    02:01.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006b]
    Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
    I/O ports at 7000 [size=256]
    Memory at e8104000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    Kernel modules: 8139too, 8139cp

    02:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:12f4]
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 17
    Memory at e8100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb

    02:04.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI1620 PC Card Controller [104c:ac54] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006d]
    Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 19
    Memory at e8102000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Bus: primary=02, secondary=03, subordinate=06, sec-latency=176
    Memory window 0: e8400000-e87ff000 (prefetchable)
    Memory window 1: e8800000-e8bff000
    I/O window 0: 00003000-000030ff
    I/O window 1: 00003400-000034ff
    16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001
    Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
    Kernel modules: yenta_socket

    02:04.1 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCI1620 PC Card Controller [104c:ac54] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006d]
    Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 168, IRQ 18
    Memory at e8103000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=4K]
    Bus: primary=02, secondary=07, subordinate=0a, sec-latency=176
    Memory window 0: e9000000-e93ff000 (prefetchable)
    Memory window 1: e8c00000-e8fff000
    I/O window 0: 00003800-000038ff
    I/O window 1: 00003c00-00003cff
    16-bit legacy interface ports at 0001
    Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
    Kernel modules: yenta_socket

    02:04.2 System peripheral [0880]: Texas Instruments PCI1620 Firmware Loading Function [104c:8201] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006d]
    Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 64
    I/O ports at 7400 [size=64]
    Capabilities: <access denied>



    output of lsmod:
    Module Size Used by
    nls_utf8 1760 1
    isofs 28196 1
    zlib_inflate 14144 1 isofs
    udf 67780 0
    nls_base 6820 3 nls_utf8,isofs,udf
    crc_itu_t 2080 1 udf
    rfkill_input 3520 0
    rfcomm 28272 0
    l2cap 17248 5 rfcomm
    bluetooth 44996 4 rfcomm,l2cap
    ppdev 6468 0
    lp 8164 0
    ipv6 235396 14
    powernow_k8 12036 0
    cpufreq_powersave 1856 0
    cpufreq_ondemand 6476 1
    cpufreq_userspace 3172 0
    cpufreq_conservative 5960 0
    cpufreq_stats 3776 0
    freq_table 4224 3 powernow_k8,cpufreq_ondemand,cpufreq_stats
    loop 12748 0
    joydev 8480 0
    arc4 1824 2
    ecb 2624 2
    crypto_blkcipher 15236 1 ecb
    b43 110716 0
    rfkill 5652 2 rfkill_input,b43
    parport_pc 22500 1
    parport 30988 3 ppdev,lp,parport_pc
    rng_core 3940 1 b43
    mac80211 139808 1 b43
    cfg80211 21608 1 mac80211
    led_class 3908 1 b43
    input_polldev 3752 1 b43
    yenta_socket 20620 2
    rsrc_nonstatic 9504 1 yenta_socket
    pcspkr 2432 0
    psmouse 32336 0
    serio_raw 4740 0
    k8temp 4064 0
    shpchp 25528 0
    pci_hotplug 23460 1 shpchp
    video 16464 0
    output 2912 1 video
    snd_intel8x0m 12492 0
    battery 10180 0
    container 3456 0
    ac 4196 0
    snd_intel8x0 26268 1
    snd_ac97_codec 88452 2 snd_intel8x0m,snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus 1728 1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_pcm 62660 3 snd_intel8x0m,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec
    snd_seq 41456 0
    snd_timer 17800 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 6380 1 snd_seq
    snd 45636 9 snd_intel8x0m,snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm, snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    soundcore 6368 1 snd
    wmi 6440 0
    snd_page_alloc 7816 3 snd_intel8x0m,snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    button 6096 0
    i2c_nforce2 5536 0
    i2c_core 19828 1 i2c_nforce2
    amd64_agp 8772 1
    agpgart 28808 1 amd64_agp
    evdev 8000 6
    ext3 105576 1
    jbd 39476 1 ext3
    mbcache 7108 1 ext3
    ide_cd_mod 27684 1
    cdrom 30176 1 ide_cd_mod
    ide_disk 10496 3
    ide_pci_generic 3908 0 [permanent]
    8139cp 16800 0
    amd74xx 7752 0 [permanent]
    ide_core 96168 4 ide_cd_mod,ide_disk,ide_pci_generic,amd74xx
    ssb 33476 1 b43
    pcmcia 29548 2 b43,ssb
    pcmcia_core 31892 5 b43,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic,ssb,pcmcia
    firmware_class 6816 2 b43,pcmcia
    8139too 20384 0
    mii 4896 2 8139cp,8139too
    ata_generic 4676 0
    libata 140448 1 ata_generic
    scsi_mod 129548 1 libata
    dock 8304 1 libata
    ehci_hcd 28428 0
    ohci_hcd 18500 0
    usbcore 118192 3 ehci_hcd,ohci_hcd
    thermal 15228 0
    processor 32576 3 powernow_k8,thermal
    fan 4196 0
    thermal_sys 10856 4 video,thermal,processor,fan

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    i also do have a wired connection. i am plugged into my wireless box i got from the cable company

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    Ok, you just need the firmware for the card. Do
    Code:
    su -c 'apt-get install b43-fwcutter'
    And you should be good to go.

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    i got:
    brent@B426:~$ su -c 'apt-get install b43-fwcutter'
    Password:
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    E: Couldn't find package b43-fwcutter

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    It's in the contrib section, which is probably not enabled by default.

    Edit your sources.list to add contrib.
    Code:
    su -c 'nano /etc/apt/sources.list'
    Look for a line that looks like
    Code:
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main
    and append contrib to the end
    Code:
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib
    Do
    Code:
    su -c 'apt-get update'
    Then install as above.

    Here is an easy sources.list generator you can use.
    Debian Sources List Generator

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    thank you. at sources.list, i have both
    deb security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main
    and
    deb volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main
    which one do i add contrib to?

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    You should have more than just those two. Can you post the contents of the file?

    Alternately, you can just make it look like so
    Code:
    ###### Debian Main Repos
    deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free 
    deb-src http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/ lenny main contrib non-free 
    
    ###### Debian Update Repos
    deb http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free 
    deb http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free 
    deb-src http://security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main contrib non-free 
    deb-src http://volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main contrib non-free
    I'm assuming you're in the US. If you're in a different country, you'll want to use a closer mirror to you.

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    yes im in the US. the following code is without the http: because the site won't let me post it with the http:

    Code:
     GNU nano 2.0.7          File: /etc/apt/sources.list                 Modified  
    
    deb lamaresh.net/apt lenny main
    #
    # deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.4 _Lenny_ - Official i386 CD Binary-1 2010013$
    
    deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.4 _Lenny_ - Official i386 CD Binary-1 20100131-$
    
    deb cdrom:[Debian GNU/Linux 5.0.4 _Lenny_ - Official i386 CD Binary-2 20100131-$
    
    deb security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main
    deb-src security.debian.org/ lenny/updates main
    
    deb volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main
    deb-src volatile.debian.org/debian-volatile lenny/volatile main

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