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    Broadcom wireless troubles

    I'm brand new to Linux.

    I installed Etch today on my Dell Inspiron 5100 which has a Broadcom BCM4309 internal wireless controller, eth2 on my system. Eth1 works fine with network cable run to the LAN port on my wireless router (D-Link DI-624). However, the wireless card doesn't seem to be working. I keep putting in the info for my home wireless network but nothing is detected. IWCONFIG says:

    ESSID: off/any
    Nickname: Broadcom 4306
    Mode: Managed
    Access Point: Invalid
    RTS thr: off
    Fragment thr: off
    Encryption key: off
    Link Quality: 0
    Signal level: 0

    I have a copy of the Broadcom b44 Linux driver, and I think I have extracted some files into a directory. However, the instructions that came with the driver say I need to "build the driver as a loadable module for the running kernel." I am supposed to do the following:

    cd src Typing this at command line resulted in NO SUCH FILE

    Am I on the right track? How do I build a driver? Thanks in advance for any help.


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    Broadcom wireless troubles

    Per the article I did find the BCM43xx-fwcutter as a .deb file which I have loaded on a cd. However, I can't get any of the package management programs to find it on the cdrom0. I keep getting "can't find package" messages using apt-get, aptitude and Synaptic.

    The command I am using is
    aptitude install /media/cdrom0/bcm43xx-fwcutter_006-1_i386.deb

    Is this syntax wrong? Thanks.


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    Linux Guru antidrugue's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by barronmo
    The command I am using is
    aptitude install /media/cdrom0/bcm43xx-fwcutter_006-1_i386.deb

    Is this syntax wrong?
    More like:
    dpkg -i bcm43xx-fwcutter_006-1_i386.deb
    aptitude install bcm43xx-fwcutter
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  6. #5
    Thanks. The following worked:

    dpkg -i /media/cdrom0/bcm43xx-fwcutter_006-1_i386.deb

    The radio is now turned on and I can see my access point's SSID. However, despite entering the WEP key and checking to make sure the settings matched, the connection still isn't established.

    I've tried:

    dhclient eth2

    but it won't give me an IP address. Any other ideas. I have other computers working on the network so I think the router is OK. Thanks,


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    Linux Guru bryansmith's Avatar
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    Have you tried using NetworkManager? The default install of Etch comes included with it pre-configured. Next to the time somewhere, you should see an icon that resembles two computers for lack of a better description. If you have successfully installed your firmware using bcm43xx-fwcutter, your SSID should show up when you click the NM applet. Click your SSID and you should be good to go.
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    iwconfig interface essid "essid_name" key "wepkey"
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  9. #8
    I do have the Network Manager applet but it isn't mentioning anything about my wireless access point. However, if I try

    iwlist eth2 scanning

    It sees mine home network and the neighbors. Neither shows up in Network Manager unfortunately. Any ideas why? Thanks.

  10. #9
    iwconfig interface essed "dlink" key "*********"

    returned this error:

    Error for wireless request "Set ESSID" (8B1A) :
    Set failed on device interface ; No such device.

  11. #10
    Is my interface "eth2"? I tried it that way and didn't get an error. Still not working however.


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