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  1. #1
    Just Joined! ajocean's Avatar
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    Aug 2009
    Northern Virginia

    Banging Head Due to 4306 Wireless

    my only problem is my wifi is no longer operational since i flipped the laptop from gates xp pro to penguin poweeeeeeeeeeeeer (ubuntu). i found out that its a very common problem but when it comes to commands and the"how to" of things i am at the state of "deer staring at headlamps". i have not been sitting on my butt and hope of better days though thats just not me so i did some digging and messed with terminal commands and managed to find out that:

    lo no wireless extentions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:""
    Mode: Managed Frequecy: 2.412 Ghz Access Point: Not -Associated
    Tx-Power=20 dBm
    Retry min Limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr: 2352 B
    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

    pan0 no wireless extensions.

    lo interface doesnt support scanning.

    eth0 interface doesnt support scanning.

    wmaster0 interface doesnt support scanning.

    wlan0 interface doesnt support scanning: Network is down

    pan0 interface doesnt support scanning.

    what should i be doing? am i in the right track ohhh master?
    fyi my laptop is an HP ZE4900 intel celeron m that had xp on it.
    card: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g wireless lan controller (rev 3)

    this has always worked like a dream but as i got ubuntu on it didnt come back up again. i have verizon around the house thats wifi. so no cables running its wep/wpa connection i believe.

    truly sorry to bombard you like this but i, who is a little grasshopper shall learn and become a master penguin............but first me need wifi.

  2. #2
    Hi, and welcome to Linux Forums.

    I moved your post to a thread of it's own. It is against the Forum Rules to use another members thread for your help request. Please read the rules.

    To make absolutely sure what I am working with, I would like you to post more detailed information. Read through the post linked to below, and provide the information that it descibes how to find.

    Wireless Setup - Start Here

    You most likely need firmware installed. The easiest way is to install it from Ubuntu repositories. You will need a wired internet connection to do this.
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

  3. #3
    Blackfooted Penguin daark.child's Avatar
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    Apr 2006
    West Yorks
    Hi and welcome to the forums.

    Try the suggestions on this page. Post back if you have any problems.

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    There actually is a firmware deb package that can downloaded and manually installed. I was waiting for the detailed info to confirm that this is what is needed.
    Please do not send Private Messages to me with requests for help. I will not reply.

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