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    Wireless still not working... not drivers...


    Hello all,

    I do understand that it is common etiquette to not only post a few times, but to search as well(which I DID do..), but I have not found anything in my several days of hunting to solve this problem. I am highly interested in the Linux world, but also uneducated(but trying!).

    I am running Linux mint 9.0(Isadora), with a Linksys WMP54GS PCI NIC. The card will not pick up my home network, that has always worked fine with both Vista and XP. I do NOT have a wired NIC to access the internet to get the Broadcom drivers Mint suggests, so I used ndiswrapper, or actually, ndisgtk, to install the Windows driver. When I run the -l command through ndiswrapper, my driver is installed, and the hardware is present. My MAC address is also correct. I have run out of answers, cannot find anything anywhere else. I did not want to commit such a no-no by posting right off the bat like this, but my patience is running thin. There must be something I am missing. My adapter is compatible according to the ndiswrapper wiki.

    I am unable to post any output from the terminal, as I have NO internet when under Isadora.

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    Hi and Welcome to the forums MThompson88!

    I'm very confident that your wireless will work if we can just get the right info.

    Kindly post all the outputs asked here. It will tell us what to do next.

    Good luck!
    nujinini
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    And here we are:
    ============ lspci ============
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: ATI Technologies Inc RX780/RX790 Chipset Host Bridge [1002:5957]
    00:02.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (external gfx0 port A) [1002:5978]
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:06.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RD790 PCI to PCI bridge (PCI express gpp port C) [1002:597c]
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:12.0 SATA controller [0106]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA [1002:4380]
    Kernel driver in use: ahci
    Kernel modules: ahci
    00:13.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0) [1002:4387]
    Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1) [1002:4388]
    Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2) [1002:4389]
    Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.3 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3) [1002:438a]
    Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.4 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4) [1002:438b]
    Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.5 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI) [1002:4386]
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller [1002:4385] (rev 14)
    Kernel modules: i2c-piix4
    00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE [1002:438c]
    Kernel driver in use: pata_atiixp
    Kernel modules: pata_atiixp
    00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1002:4383]
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge [1002:438d]
    00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384]
    00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] HyperTransport Configuration [1022:1200]
    00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Address Map [1022:1201]
    00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] DRAM Controller [1022:1202]
    Kernel modules: amd64_edac_mod
    00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1203]
    00:18.4 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K10 [Opteron, Athlon64, Sempron] Link Control [1022:1204]
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RV710 [Radeon HD 4550] [1002:9540]
    Kernel driver in use: fglrx_pci
    Kernel modules: fglrx, radeon
    01:00.1 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc RV710/730 [1002:aa38]
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    02:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8111/8168B PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controller [10ec:8168] (rev 01)
    Kernel driver in use: r8169
    Kernel modules: r8169
    03:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
    Kernel modules: ssb

    ============ lsusb ============
    Bus 006 Device 002: ID 046d:c315 Logitech, Inc. Classic New Touch Keyboard
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 005 Device 002: ID 046d:c018 Logitech, Inc. Optical Wheel Mouse
    Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

    ============ lsmod ============
    Module Size Used by
    binfmt_misc 7960 1
    ppdev 6375 0
    dm_crypt 13043 0
    snd_hda_codec_atihdmi 3023 1
    snd_hda_codec_realtek 278890 1
    snd_pcm_oss 41394 0
    snd_hda_intel 25645 2
    snd_mixer_oss 16299 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_hda_codec 85727 3 snd_hda_codec_atihdmi,snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_hd a_intel
    snd_hwdep 6924 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm 87850 3 snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
    snd_seq_dummy 1782 0
    snd_seq_oss 31219 0
    snd_seq_midi 5829 0
    snd_rawmidi 23388 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 7267 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 57417 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    snd_timer 23553 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    snd_seq_device 6824 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq
    edac_core 45423 0
    psmouse 64608 0
    snd 70978 16 snd_hda_codec_realtek,snd_pcm_oss,snd_hda_intel,sn d_mixer_oss,snd_hda_codec,snd_hwdep,snd_pcm,snd_se q_oss,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    edac_mce_amd 9214 0
    serio_raw 4918 0
    i2c_piix4 9639 0
    ndiswrapper 244768 0
    fglrx 2353422 32
    soundcore 8052 1 snd
    snd_page_alloc 8500 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    lp 9336 0
    parport 37160 2 ppdev,lp
    dm_raid45 75436 0
    xor 4685 1 dm_raid45
    fbcon 39270 71
    tileblit 2487 1 fbcon
    font 8053 1 fbcon
    bitblit 5811 1 fbcon
    usbhid 40988 0
    hid 83376 1 usbhid
    softcursor 1565 1 bitblit
    ahci 37646 2
    r8169 39554 0
    pata_atiixp 4209 1
    mii 5237 1 r8169
    vga16fb 12757 1
    vgastate 9857 1 vga16fb

    ============ dmesg-firmware ============

    ============ kernel version ============
    2.6.32-21-generic

    ============ ifconfig ============
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:21:85:0a:ac:31
    inet addr:192.168.0.101 Bcast:192.168.0.255 Mask:255.255.255.0
    inet6 addr: fe80::221:85ff:fe0a:ac31/64 Scope:Link
    UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:6484 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:5705 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:6230327 (6.2 MB) TX bytes:986457 (986.4 KB)
    Interrupt:26 Base address:0x2000

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:16436 Metric:1
    RX packets:36 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:36 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:2200 (2.2 KB) TX bytes:2200 (2.2 KB)


    ============ iwconfig ============

    Is there no wireless driver active? I installed the Broadcom B43 driver Mint had under administration> hardware drivers

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    The b43 driver is included in the kernel. What the hardware drivers app should install is the non-free firmware for your card.

    In your case, b43 is not loading, presumably because in the process of setting up ndiswrapper it was blacklisted.

    I would recommend using the b43 driver. It's not too difficult to get the firmware even without a wired connection, if you have a USB stick handy and a different computer with internet access.

    See this thread for a similar problem.

    You would need to make sure the b43 driver is loading again and ndiswrapper is not. Look for a file, probably called /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf and make sure b43 is not in there. Not sure with Mint, but it will be in the /etc/modprobe.d directory.

    If you added ndiswrapper to /etc/modules, you'll need to remove/comment out that as well.

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    I actually dug out an older wired card and am on wired internet in Mint as I type this. I am still very new to Linux and do not know how to access my blacklist. /etc/modprobe.d just gives "/etc/modprobe.d is a directory" and I guess I am just a little slow at figuring this out. Should I just remove ndiswrapper through synaptic package manager? I am having trouble using terminal commands...
    My readout from cat /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf:
    # This file lists those modules which we don't want to be loaded by
    # alias expansion, usually so some other driver will be loaded for the
    # device instead.

    # evbug is a debug tool that should be loaded explicitly
    blacklist evbug

    # these drivers are very simple, the HID drivers are usually preferred
    blacklist usbmouse
    blacklist usbkbd

    # replaced by e100
    blacklist eepro100

    # replaced by tulip
    blacklist de4x5

    # causes no end of confusion by creating unexpected network interfaces
    blacklist eth1394

    # snd_intel8x0m can interfere with snd_intel8x0, doesn't seem to support much
    # hardware on its own (Ubuntu bug #2011, #6810)
    blacklist snd_intel8x0m

    # Conflicts with dvb driver (which is better for handling this device)
    blacklist snd_aw2

    # causes failure to suspend on HP compaq nc6000 (Ubuntu: #10306)
    blacklist i2c_i801

    # replaced by p54pci
    blacklist prism54

    # replaced by b43 and ssb.
    blacklist bcm43xx

    # most apps now use garmin usb driver directly (Ubuntu: #114565)
    blacklist garmin_gps

    # replaced by asus-laptop (Ubuntu: #184721)
    blacklist asus_acpi

    # low-quality, just noise when being used for sound playback, causes
    # hangs at desktop session start (Ubuntu: #246969)
    blacklist snd_pcsp

    # ugly and loud noise, getting on everyone's nerves; this should be done by a
    # nice pulseaudio bing (Ubuntu: #77010)
    blacklist pcspkr

    # EDAC driver for amd76x clashes with the agp driver preventing the aperture
    # from being initialised (Ubuntu: #297750). Blacklist so that the driver
    # continues to build and is installable for the few cases where its
    # really needed.
    blacklist amd76x_edac

    I truly do apologize for requiring such hand-holding through this process. I thought ndiswrapper was the way to go, buy apparently only dug myself quite a hole.
    my B43-fwcutter is up to date if that matters.

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    You can browser /etc/modprobe.d with your file manager like any other directory. If you want to edit a file in there, you do need to open the text editor as root, for example
    Code:
    gksudo gedit /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf
    You can launch this from a terminal or open a run box with ALT+F2

    But b43 doesn't appear there. Not sure why it wouldn't be loading unless there is another conf file in there blacklisting it.

    If you have b43-fwcutter installed, you just need to download the firmware to a usb stick or the like, move it to your home directory and do
    Code:
    export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2
    cd broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux
    sudo b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta.o
    You don't need to uninstall ndiswrapper, though that would work. Just need to prevent the module from loading. Look in the file /etc/modules, remove the line for ndiswrapper if it's there and add b43. (Using gedit as I mentioned above: gksudo gedit /etc/modules)

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    mitch@Master-Exploder ~ $ export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
    mitch@Master-Exploder ~ $ tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2

    mitch@Master-Exploder ~ $ cd broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux
    mitch@Master-Exploder ~/broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux $ sudo b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta.o
    Sorry, the input file is either wrong or not supported by b43-fwcutter.
    This file has an unknown MD5sum bb8537e3204a1ea5903fe3e66b5e2763.
    mitch@Master-Exploder ~/broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux $
    mitch@Master-Exploder ~/broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux $


    That is with everything in the home folder.

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    Hmm. It's the wrong version for your kernel.

    Post the output of
    Code:
    b43-fwcutter -v
    uname -a

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    I unfortunately will not be back at my home until Monday for work reasons. I will post the results first thing when I get back, though. Thank you for your help so far. I am very confident that this will work now.

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    b43-fwcutter version 012
    Linux Master-Exploder 2.6.32-21-generic #32-Ubuntu SMP Fri Apr 16 08:09:38 UTC 2010 x86_64 GNU/Linux

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