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    [SOLVED] Dell Inspiron 1545 wireless help request (Linux Mint 9)


    I'm interested in using a linux distro as a full time OS. I have been running vista since it came out, and as much as I would like to say that I like it.. Frankly, I just don't.. I have tried upgrading to 7, but that just brought a different array of issues due to compatibility and such with hardware.

    But enough of my rambling, Here is the requested information.

    ============ lspci ============
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub [8086:2a40] (rev 07)
    Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
    Kernel modules: intel-agp
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a42] (rev 07)
    Kernel driver in use: i915
    Kernel modules: i915
    00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller [8086:2a43] (rev 07)
    00:1a.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 [8086:2937] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1a.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 [8086:2938] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1a.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 [8086:2939] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1a.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 [8086:293c] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller [8086:293e] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 [8086:2940] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 [8086:2942] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 [8086:2944] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 [8086:2948] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: pcieport
    Kernel modules: shpchp
    00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 [8086:2934] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 [8086:2935] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 [8086:2936] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
    00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 [8086:293a] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev 93)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller [8086:2919] (rev 03)
    Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt
    00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation ICH9M/M-E SATA AHCI Controller [8086:2929] (rev 03)
    Kernel driver in use: ahci
    Kernel modules: ahci
    00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller [8086:2930] (rev 03)
    Kernel modules: i2c-i801
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller [11ab:4354] (rev 13)
    Kernel driver in use: sky2
    Kernel modules: sky2
    0c:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb

    ============ lsusb ============
    Bus 008 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 007 Device 002: ID 046d:c521 Logitech, Inc. MX620 Laser Cordless Mouse
    Bus 007 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 006 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    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 004: ID 413c:8162 Dell Computer Corp.
    Bus 003 Device 003: ID 413c:8161 Dell Computer Corp.
    Bus 003 Device 002: ID 0a5c:4500 Broadcom Corp. BCM2046B1 USB 2.0 Hub (part of BCM2046 Bluetooth)
    Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 0781:5406 SanDisk Corp. Cruzer Micro 1/2/4GB Flash Drive
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0c45:63ee Microdia
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0158 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. Mass Storage Device
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

    ============ lsmod ============
    Module Size Used by
    binfmt_misc 6587 1
    ppdev 5259 0
    lp 7028 0
    parport 32635 2 ppdev,lp
    dm_crypt 11331 0
    snd_hda_codec_idt 51914 1
    snd_hda_intel 21877 2
    snd_hda_codec 74201 2 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel
    snd_hwdep 5412 1 snd_hda_codec
    snd_pcm_oss 35308 0
    snd_mixer_oss 13746 1 snd_pcm_oss
    snd_pcm 70662 3 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_pcm_oss
    snd_seq_dummy 1338 0
    snd_seq_oss 26726 0
    snd_seq_midi 4557 0
    snd_rawmidi 19056 1 snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq_midi_event 6003 2 snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi
    snd_seq 47263 6 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_seq_mid i_event
    snd_timer 19098 2 snd_pcm,snd_seq
    arc4 1153 2
    snd_seq_device 5700 5 snd_seq_dummy,snd_seq_oss,snd_seq_midi,snd_rawmidi ,snd_seq
    joydev 8708 0
    uvcvideo 56990 0
    snd 54148 16 snd_hda_codec_idt,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec,snd_ hwdep,snd_pcm_oss,snd_mixer_oss,snd_pcm,snd_seq_os s,snd_rawmidi,snd_seq,snd_timer,snd_seq_device
    videodev 34361 1 uvcvideo
    v4l1_compat 13251 2 uvcvideo,videodev
    b43 157218 0
    dell_wmi 1793 0
    dell_laptop 6856 0
    mac80211 204922 1 b43
    psmouse 63245 0
    soundcore 6620 1 snd
    dcdbas 5422 1 dell_laptop
    serio_raw 3978 0
    snd_page_alloc 7076 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
    cfg80211 126485 2 b43,mac80211
    led_class 2864 1 b43
    squashfs 20680 1
    aufs 149050 1
    nls_iso8859_1 3249 2
    nls_cp437 4919 2
    vfat 8901 2
    fat 47767 1 vfat
    dm_raid45 81647 0
    xor 15028 1 dm_raid45
    fbcon 35102 71
    tileblit 2031 1 fbcon
    font 7557 1 fbcon
    bitblit 4707 1 fbcon
    softcursor 1189 1 bitblit
    vga16fb 11385 0
    vgastate 8961 1 vga16fb
    i915 282354 3
    usbhid 36110 0
    hid 67032 1 usbhid
    drm_kms_helper 29297 1 i915
    usb_storage 39425 2
    drm 162471 4 i915,drm_kms_helper
    intel_agp 24177 2 i915
    sky2 40775 0
    ssb 37336 1 b43
    agpgart 31724 2 drm,intel_agp
    i2c_algo_bit 5028 1 i915
    ahci 32008 1
    video 17375 1 i915
    output 1871 1 video

    ============ dmesg-firmware ============
    [ 19.273532] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode15.fw
    [ 19.303953] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode15.fw
    [ 19.317976] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to wireless\kernel\org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware Linux Wireless and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
    [ 19.341332] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode15.fw
    [ 19.343691] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode15.fw
    [ 19.347429] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to wireless\kernel\org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.

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

    ============ ifconfig ============
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:23:ae:1f:3f:3e
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:0 (0.0 B) TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
    Interrupt:18

    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:104 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:104 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:7728 (7.7 KB) TX bytes:7728 (7.7 KB)


    ============ iwconfig ============
    wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:off/any
    Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm
    Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
    Power Management:off




    Any help would be more then appreciated!

    :EDIT: So Uppon farther trial and error, I noticed an icon of a small chip with a padlock in the bottom right corner... Curriously, I clicked it, and an option for activating both the b43 driver and the sta driver. My only problem is not having a wired connection to retrieve either.

    so that leads me to the next question.. would I be able to boot the sta from an sd card?
    Last edited by cjbrachio; 01-25-2011 at 09:52 PM.

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    If you haven't found out yet, the broadcom sta driver is available on the the installation CD. (Well it is for Ubuntu and therefore presumably is for Mint.)

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    Yes, I did figure that out =D Thank you for your help!

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