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- 05-17-2009 #1
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- May 2009
[SOLVED] Wireless Setup on Ubuntu 9.04
I recently decided to try Ubuntu 9.04 on an older laptop I have been using for school.
I did a full Linux only install on the Laptop (Acer Aspire 5000) and went to the pages on here about how to set up the wireless cards and ran into trouble with the
sudo apt-get install bcm43xx-fwcutter
I've been following the instructions found here wireless-setup-start-here Sticky and then here the linux wireless site for the broadcom card (43xx)
The first told me it was a broadcom card, then the later told me how to install the firmware (I am guessing ?)
I'll backup a few steps and post the information mentioned in the first link (not a link b/c of 15 post limit)
dmesg | grape firmware
[ 23.328033] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw [ 23.351555] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to [no URLS] and download the latest firmware (version 4). [ 23.416030] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw [ 23.420798] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to [no URLS] and download the latest firmware (version 4). [ 37.240047] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw [ 37.249963] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to [no URLS] and download the latest firmware (version 4).
Module Size Used by nls_iso8859_1 12032 1 nls_cp437 13696 1 vfat 18816 1 fat 58272 1 vfat rfkill_input 12800 0 binfmt_misc 16776 1 ppdev 15620 0 bridge 56340 0 stp 10500 1 bridge bnep 20224 2 video 25360 0 output 11008 1 video lp 17156 0 parport 42220 2 ppdev,lp joydev 18368 0 arc4 9856 2 snd_intel8x0 37532 3 snd_ac97_codec 112292 1 snd_intel8x0 ecb 10752 2 ac97_bus 9856 1 snd_ac97_codec snd_pcm_oss 46336 0 snd_mixer_oss 22656 1 snd_pcm_oss snd_pcm 82948 3 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss snd_seq_dummy 10756 0 snd_seq_oss 37760 0 snd_seq_midi 14336 0 snd_rawmidi 29696 1 snd_seq_midi b43 131484 0 pcmcia 44748 0 snd_seq_midi_event 15104 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi snd_seq 56880 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_midi_event snd_timer 29704 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq snd_seq_device 14988 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq mac80211 217208 1 b43 k8temp 12416 0 snd 62628 16 snd_intel8x0,snd_ac97_codec,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device psmouse 61972 0 sis_agp 15360 0 yenta_socket 32396 1 rsrc_nonstatic 19328 1 yenta_socket cfg80211 38032 1 mac80211 soundcore 15200 1 snd serio_raw 13316 0 amd64_agp 18184 1 pcmcia_core 43540 3 pcmcia,yenta_socket,rsrc_nonstatic pcspkr 10496 0 input_polldev 11912 1 b43 snd_page_alloc 16904 2 snd_intel8x0,snd_pcm led_class 12036 1 b43 agpgart 42696 2 sis_agp,amd64_agp i2c_sis96x 12420 0 shpchp 40212 0 ssb 41220 1 b43 sis900 28288 0 mii 13312 1 sis900 usb_storage 82880 1 fbcon 46112 0 tileblit 10752 1 fbcon font 16384 1 fbcon bitblit 13824 1 fbcon softcursor 9984 1 bitblit
00:00.0 Host bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 760/M760 Host (rev 03) 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SG86C202 00:02.0 ISA bridge: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS963 [MuTIOL Media IO] (rev 25) 00:02.1 SMBus: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS961/2 SMBus Controller 00:02.5 IDE interface: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 5513 [IDE] 00:02.6 Modem: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Modem Controller (rev a0) 00:02.7 Multimedia audio controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] AC'97 Sound Controller (rev a0) 00:03.0 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f) 00:03.1 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 1.1 Controller (rev 0f) 00:03.2 USB Controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] USB 2.0 Controller 00:04.0 Ethernet controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] SiS900 PCI Fast Ethernet (rev 91) 00:06.0 CardBus bridge: Texas Instruments PCI1410 PC card Cardbus Controller (rev 02) 00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02) 00:18.0 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration 00:18.1 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map 00:18.2 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller 00:18.3 Host bridge: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Silicon Integrated Systems [SiS] 661/741/760 PCI/AGP or 662/761Gx PCIE VGA Display Adapter
Any help is greatly appreciated,
- 05-17-2009 #2
- 05-17-2009 #3
Just to be more clear. bcm43xx is deprecated, and for most cards the current driver is the b43, and the firmware cutter is called b43-fwcutter. Some broadcom cards still need the b43legacy drivers, but the 4318 works with the b43.
More info here.
- 05-17-2009 #4
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- May 2009
ok, I tried the sudo apt-get b43-fwcutter with the bcm43xx-fwcutter and no go... I then downloaded the files for the b43-fwcutter. (From the link you gave me) I copied these downloaded files to my home directory (I have no wired/wireless connection so I cannot use the wget command in the terminal) and the used the commands as shown for the b43-fwcutter I then tried sudo apt-get b43-fwcutter at the end of the:
export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware" tar xjf broadcom-wl-188.8.131.52.tar.bz2 cd broadcom-wl-184.108.40.206/driver sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o
sudo apt-get b43-fwcutter Reading Package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done E: Couldn't find package b43-fwcutter
Thanks for helping me out
I guess I should list some file locations since that sounds like the problem to me.
The b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2 and broadcom-wl-220.127.116.11.tar.bz2 are in the home folder (same folder as music, pictures, etc..) The extracted folders are in the home folder as well.
In the /lib/firmware folder I have a b43 folder with a no read emblem on it and I cna not see any contents inside of it
hope this helps. I'm not sure if using the wget command will download the files into the proper places or when I copied them over I copied them to the wrong places.
- 05-17-2009 #5(I have no wired/wireless connection so I cannot use the wget command in the terminal)
However, if you downloaded the program from the link and installed it that way, you should be fine, you wouldn't need to download it from the repos.
Did you get any errors when you tried to extract the firmware?
- 05-17-2009 #6
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- May 2009
The apt=get was a bad typo error, I have been using apt-get on the terminal.
I downloaded the "b43-fwcutter_011-5_i386.deb on Intel x86 machines" and tried to run it, but the installation failed, I also tried the amd64 version but my operating system was not compatible with it. (Is amd64 a 64 bit OS?)
heres what came up when I tried to install the b43-fwcutter_011-5_i386.deb and the installation was reported as having failed...
I then tried the sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter command on the terminal and get this:
laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter [sudo] password for geoff: Reading package lists... Done Building dependency tree Reading state information... Done b43-fwcutter is already the newest version. 0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded. 1 not fully installed or removed. After this operation, 0B of additional disk space will be used. Setting up b43-fwcutter (1:011-5) ... --2009-05-17 00:39:30-- [linky] Resolving downloads.openwrt.org... failed: Name or service not known. wget: unable to resolve host address [Link] dpkg: error processing b43-fwcutter (--configure): subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1 Errors were encountered while processing: b43-fwcutter E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
apt-get also requires an internet connection? what would I use in place of this?
Thats got me a little bit confused
As far as I know I didn't get any errors when Extracting the firmware, it ran seamlessly through the terminal
Heres the terminal code for the firmware extraction:
geoff@geoff-laptop:~$ tar xjf broadcom-wl-18.104.22.168.tar.bz2geoff@geoff-laptop:~$ cd broadcom-wl-22.214.171.124/kmodgeoff@geoff-laptop:~/broadcom-wl-126.96.36.199/kmod$ sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o [sudo] password for geoff: This file is recognised as: ID : FW11 filename : wl_apsta_mimo.o version : 351.126 MD5 : 722e2e0d8cc04b8f118bb5afe6829ff9 Extracting b43/ucode4.fw Extracting b43/ucode5.fw Extracting b43/ucode11.fw Extracting b43/ucode13.fw Extracting b43/pcm4.fw Extracting b43/pcm5.fw Extracting b43/b0g0initvals4.fw Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals4.fw Extracting b43/a0g0initvals4.fw Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals4.fw Extracting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw Extracting b43/a0g0initvals5.fw Extracting b43/a0g1initvals5.fw Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals5.fw Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals5.fw Extracting b43/lp0initvals13.fw Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals13.fw Extracting b43/b0g0initvals13.fw Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals13.fw Extracting b43/a0g1initvals13.fw Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals13.fw geoff@geoff-laptop:~/broadcom-wl-188.8.131.52/kmod$
- 05-17-2009 #7laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
[sudo] password for geoff:
Reading package lists... Done
Building dependency tree
Reading state information... Done
b43-fwcutter is already the newest version.
Have you dmesg | grep firmware for errors again? What is the output of sudo iwconfig?
An AMD64 bit processor is capable of running a 64 bit OS. The default option for download on the Ubuntu website is 32 bit, so unless you changed it, that's what you downloaded. Post the output of uname -a
- 05-17-2009 #8
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Ahhh ok, that makes sense.
I tried to extract the firmware into the firmware folder but it is telling me that I do not have permission to extract to that directory. I am logged on as the only user that I have created so I should have permission ? The permission on the folder is set to allow file creation and delete files SO I don't understand why it won't let me extract to the firmware folder, I've tried a complete shutdown, log out and restart, but it's not letting me extract or copy the firmware files over.
Linux geoff-laptop 2.6.28-11-generic #42-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 17 01:57:59 UTC 2009 i686 GNU/Linux
[ 24.372043] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw [ 24.432515] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/pcm5.fw [ 24.506204] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw [ 24.530333] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw [ 24.664097] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 351.126 (2006-07-29 05:54:02) [ 24.664105] b43-phy0 warning: You are using an old firmware image. Support for old firmware will be removed in July 2008. [ 24.664110] b43-phy0 warning: You must go to [Link ]
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:"dlink" Mode:Managed Frequency:2.462 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B Encryption key:off Power Management:off Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0 Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
- 05-17-2009 #9
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There is a slightly easier way to go about this. Someone has packaged the firmware as a deb package. You can download the package with Windows, and then transfer and install the package.
Download the b43-firmware_1.1-0cafuego1_all.deb file. Clicking on the file should bring up the installer, then just click the install button and give the password.Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.
- 05-17-2009 #10