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    Newbie needing help: Reload this Page Broadcom wireless 1470 install


    I'm a student at University of Texas in Arlington.
    They offer a student copy of Red Hat Enterprise Client 5.2
    I have recently installed it,
    But I can't get my wifi card to work.
    It's a Dell Latitude D610.
    The wifi card is a Broadcom wireless 1470.

    I'm really looking forward to switching to Linux.
    I live 45 min away from school,
    So I've set my self up so I can be mobile with my data.
    I've been setting up my routines so all my data is on a USB stick or in my GMail account.
    I don't run anything that is specific to Windows,
    And have been slowly switching to the Open Source Community.
    Firefox and Pidgin and the like.
    I can't wait to make the switch in it's entirety.
    Enabling my wifi is the only thing that is holding me back.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can offer.
    Jason

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    On second thought,
    Maybe this belongs in the Newbie section,
    Or networking,
    Or Laptops,
    Or Wireless,
    ...
    Last edited by theearthcanbemoved; 10-03-2008 at 07:31 PM. Reason: Elaboration

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    Since it is Redhat related, this section is fine.

    Redhat is usually for servers, so wireless is usually not included. Since you have a slightly different version, we may be able to get it to work. A wired internet connection makes this process much easier. Let me know if you don't have direct internet access with your Redhat installation.

    I will need some info, so that I can determine the proper course of action. Please run these commands, and post the output of them in this thread. If you need to copy the outputs to a Windows PC, then save the output in a text editor as .txt files. Windows will then be able to open them.
    Code:
    lsusb
    Code:
    lspci
    Code:
    lsmod
    Code:
    dmesg | grep firmware
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    Ok,
    Would it be easier if I just went and installed another distro?
    I used Red Hat because it was provided and supposedly supported by the university,
    But they don't seem to know what they're doing,
    So that negates my reason for the distro choice.
    I've noticed Unbutu seems pretty popular.
    Should I try that?

    I do get internet when I'm plugged into the ethernet.
    Not trouble at all there.
    That was ready when I booted for the first time.

    I ran the commands,
    This is what I get.

    lsusb
    bash: lsusb: command not found

    lspci
    bash: lsusb: command not found

    lsmod
    bash: lsusb: command not found

    dmesg | grep firmware
    does nothing.
    It just starts a new prompt.

    I assume I'm doing something wrong here.

    I'll be honest,
    I'm not entirely used to a command prompt
    I did use it back in dos years ago,
    but I may be makeing mistakes.
    I tries copying your command directly in,
    but the same thing happened.

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    My mistake,
    I should have run it as root.
    I did,
    Here are the results.

    lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

    lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d3)
    00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller (rev 03)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M22 [Mobility Radeon X300]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 01)
    03:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI6515 Cardbus Controller
    03:01.5 Communication controller: Texas Instruments PCI6515 SmartCard Controller

    lsmod
    Module Size Used by
    netloop 10945 0
    netbk 78145 0 [permanent]
    blktap 115941 2 [permanent]
    blkbk 22241 0 [permanent]
    ipt_MASQUERADE 7617 1
    iptable_nat 11205 1
    ip_nat 21101 2 ipt_MASQUERADE,iptable_nat
    bridge 53853 0
    autofs4 24389 2
    hidp 23105 2
    rfcomm 42457 0
    l2cap 29505 10 hidp,rfcomm
    bluetooth 53797 5 hidp,rfcomm,l2cap
    sunrpc 144893 1
    ip_conntrack_netbios_ns 6977 0
    ipt_REJECT 9537 3
    xt_state 6209 9
    ip_conntrack 53025 5 ipt_MASQUERADE,iptable_nat,ip_nat,ip_conntrack_net bios_ns,xt_state
    nfnetlink 10713 2 ip_nat,ip_conntrack
    iptable_filter 7104 1
    ip_tables 17029 2 iptable_nat,iptable_filter
    ip6t_REJECT 9409 1
    xt_tcpudp 7105 26
    ip6table_filter 6849 1
    ip6_tables 18053 1 ip6table_filter
    x_tables 17349 8 ipt_MASQUERADE,iptable_nat,ipt_REJECT,xt_state,ip_ tables,ip6t_REJECT,xt_tcpudp,ip6_tables
    cpufreq_ondemand 12749 1
    dm_multipath 22089 0
    video 21193 0
    sbs 18533 0
    backlight 10049 1 video
    i2c_ec 9025 1 sbs
    i2c_core 23745 1 i2c_ec
    button 10705 0
    battery 13637 0
    asus_acpi 19289 0
    ac 9157 0
    radeon 106977 2
    drm 66901 3 radeon
    ipv6 258401 15 ip6t_REJECT
    xfrm_nalgo 13765 1 ipv6
    crypto_api 11969 1 xfrm_nalgo
    parport_pc 29157 0
    lp 15849 0
    parport 37641 2 parport_pc,lp
    joydev 13313 0
    snd_intel8x0 35549 1
    snd_ac97_codec 93153 1 snd_intel8x0
    ac97_bus 6337 1 snd_ac97_codec
    snd_seq_dummy 7877 0
    snd_seq_oss 32577 0
    sg 36189 0
    snd_seq_midi_event 11073 1 snd_seq_oss
    snd_seq 49713 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi_event
    snd_seq_device 11725 3 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq
    snd_pcm_oss 43201 0
    snd_mixer_oss 19009 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 72389 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    tg3 109381 0
    snd_timer 24773 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
    pcspkr 7105 0
    snd 52549 11 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq,sn d_seq_device,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd _timer
    soundcore 11553 1 snd
    serio_raw 10693 0
    snd_page_alloc 14281 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm
    ide_cd 40033 0
    cdrom 36705 1 ide_cd
    dm_snapshot 21477 0
    dm_zero 6209 0
    dm_mirror 29381 0
    dm_mod 61405 9 dm_multipath,dm_snapshot,dm_zero,dm_mirror
    ata_piix 22341 2
    ahci 30021 0
    libata 144637 2 ata_piix,ahci
    sd_mod 24897 3
    scsi_mod 134861 3 sg,libata,sd_mod
    ext3 123593 2
    jbd 56553 1 ext3
    uhci_hcd 25677 0
    ohci_hcd 23517 0
    ehci_hcd 33741 0

    dmesg | grep firmware
    Returns nothing, again.
    just a new command prompt.

    Does any of this mean anything to you?

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    My bad.

    In Red Hat and Fedora, sometimes you have to include the "path" with the command. This means adding the folder location that the program is actually in. Try them this way.

    Code:
    /sbin/lsusb
    Code:
    /sbin/lspci
    Code:
    /sbin/lsmod
    The first two commands will tell me the type of wireless chip that your wireless uses. The last one will tell me if it is loaded or not. If it is not loaded, we will try to manually load it if possible.

    As for using a different distro, you may as well look around and keep your options open. I haven't given up on Red Hat Enterprise Client, but if this was the server version, I'd say to get a different distro.

    If you know anyone that uses Linux, see what they have. Ubuntu is popular, and there is a derivative of it called Linux Mint, that I am trying. It seems real good at wireless setup.

    If you want to use a flavor of Red Hat, then Fedora is the distro to use. It is the developmental version of Red Hat, and has support for almost everything (unlike Red Hat Enterprise). I use it on my laptop, with the wireless.

    In the mean time, I'll check the info you give me, and give my opinion.
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    Sorry, it took me too long to post last time. I was distracted.

    I don't even see the wireless card listed! It's as if it isn't even installed! It is, isn't it?

    I wonder what kernel it is using. Here's the command to find out, post the results.
    Code:
    uname -r
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    here are the commands you gave me to post

    [root@localhost ~]# /sbin/lsusb
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 0000:0000
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 0000:0000

    [root@localhost ~]# /sbin/lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d3)
    00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller (rev 03)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M22 [Mobility Radeon X300]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 01)
    03:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI6515 Cardbus Controller
    03:01.5 Communication controller: Texas Instruments PCI6515 SmartCard Controller

    [root@localhost ~]# /sbin/lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller (rev 03)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM Express PCI Express Root Port (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev d3)
    00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC'97 Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) SATA Controller (rev 03)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: ATI Technologies Inc M22 [Mobility Radeon X300]
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5751 Gigabit Ethernet PCI Express (rev 01)
    03:01.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI6515 Cardbus Controller
    03:01.5 Communication controller: Texas Instruments PCI6515 SmartCard Controller

    Seems to be the same thing as before.
    And,
    [root@localhost ~]# uname -r
    2.6.18-92.el5xen

    The problem might be that the card isn't installed.
    That wouldn't surprise me.

    I am by no means attached emotionally or otherwise to Red Hat.
    I only chose it because my school said they support it.
    They don't seem to know what they're doing though.
    Maybe I just haven't asked the right people yet.
    I'll poke around and see what my friends are using too.

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    Thanks. You didn't need to post all that again, because I didn't see your reply before I made that post.

    As for the kernel version, it is a bit old. It would contain the first version of the driver, if it was even installed. You could try to update the system, and see what happens. Try this command, first use the su command to become root.
    Code:
    yum -y upgrade
    This may take a while to complete, so don't start it if you need to shut the computer down soon.

    I still think that the card should at least be shown in the output of lspci. When I mean that the card isn't installed, that means it isn't even in the PC. I assume this is a laptop. Was the card recently working prior to installing Linux? Maybe with Windows?

    If you got this laptop used, is it possible that the wireless card was removed, or maybe it's broken. How did you know that it is a Broadcom Wireless 1470?
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    I ran the command.
    It gave me this.

    [root@localhost ~]# yum -y upgrade
    Loading "security" plugin
    Loading "rhnplugin" plugin
    This system is not registered with RHN.
    RHN support will be disabled.
    Skipping security plugin, no data
    Setting up Upgrade Process
    Skipping security plugin, no data
    Skipping security plugin, no data
    No Packages marked for Update

    I'm still working with my university to get the info to connect to the red hat network to download up dates as a student,
    but they' don't seem to know what it is.

    Seeing as how my main reason for choosing Red Hat was the university support,
    I'm seriously considering switching to a more popular distro.

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