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Broadcom Wireless BCM4357 for 802.11n
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sergey

Joined: 23 Aug 2010
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Nov 2010, 00:21    Post_subject:  Broadcom Wireless BCM4357 for 802.11n
Sub_title: Pup 4.31, Lucid 5.1.1, Lighthouse 5.00-F cannot identify
 

Broadcom BCM4357 WiFi is built into my new Acer LS5251 2.2 MHz Laptop. Yes, I shouldnt use the newest PC, but I booted Puppy from USB on the store's demo of this model and the WiFi worked; but just my luck that the same model I bought had this newer WiFi. Everything else works great with Lighthouse Pup 5.00-F which even has an SFS file for the ATI Radeon Video (it makes a huge difference in quality and speed on Youtube videos) so I don't want to give up the Acer Laptop: I get along with a Realtec USB WiFi adapter but of course would like to use the Acer's own WiFi.

WiFi works well with the pre-installed Win 7. Puppy Linux (not surpisingly) doesnt identify the BCM4357. I tried Pup 4.31, 4.32 (yes), Lucid 5.1.1, Quirky 1.2, and Lighthouse 5.00-F ("the gold standard"). FYI there are Linux distros that can identify and use this Broadcom, including (amazingly) xPUD 0.9.2!

Broadcom's Website providesa linux driver for BCM4357, and I tried patiently & valiently to follow Barry's instructions for installing it, but in the process I got way over my head and failed.

1. Is it possible to copy out the driver from a Linux that works? (Naive?)

2. Is the BCM4357 driver available for Puppy Linux somewhere I didnt look?
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jemimah


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PostPosted: Mon 15 Nov 2010, 00:33    Post_subject:  

Fluppy07 has the brand new brcm80211 opensource driver. Care to test it out and let me know if it works?
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piratesmack


Joined: 16 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Nov 2010, 07:40    Post_subject:  

I built a package for the Broadcom STA driver here:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=421596#421596

Should work on Puppy 5.x
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sergey

Joined: 23 Aug 2010
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PostPosted: Mon 15 Nov 2010, 15:47    Post_subject: Broadcom Wireless BCM4357
Sub_title: BCM4357 not recognized by latest Pup Linux
 

jemimah wrote:
Fluppy07 has the brand new brcm80211 opensource driver. Care to test it out and let me know if it works?


I tried Fluppy07. Thanks for the suggestion. It did not recognize the
Broadcom BCM4357. Then I tried Fluppy with Realtec WiFi which
was recognized -- but Pwireless2 could not connect to the Internet.
(I've had the trouble before with Pwireless on several macines
and in several Distros). I even tried removing the encryption on
the WiFi and making the WiFi "open" but it still could not connect.
I tried using DHCP and setting static IP, and still no Internet
connection). Fluppy does look nice. Thanks.
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sergey

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PostPosted: Tue 16 Nov 2010, 11:36    Post_subject: Broadcom Wireless BCM4357 with piratesmack driver
Sub_title: Piratesmack PET package for Broadcom WiFi works well
 

piratesmack wrote:
I built a package for the Broadcom STA driver here:
http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=421596#421596


Your broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-i486.pet works beautifully, recognizing
the Broadcom BCM4357 with it's driver "wl". I did not have to
blacklist other modules. These results with LighthousePuppy
5.00-F on an Acer LS5251 laptop built in 2010 ((2.2 MHz AMD CPU,
2 MB RAM).

Congratulations and thanks very much.
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jemimah


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PostPosted: Tue 16 Nov 2010, 12:12    Post_subject:  

Man, I was hoping we could finally get rid on that blasted wl...
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email4tong

Joined: 15 May 2011
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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2011, 10:08    Post_subject: Tested using 5.2.5 with the device, still not working.  

Piratesmack,
Thanks for creating the pet for broadcom wireless card. I just got a new laptop with broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter. I tried your pet, but it still does not work. Any idea how to fix that? Really need some help.
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Aitch


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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2011, 10:18    Post_subject:  

email4tong

There are many broadcom devices, so we need more info, as sometimes 2 modules load and compete with each other

Can you post the result of typing in a console

Code:
cat /proc/bus/usb/devices


we need the "Vendor" and "ProdID" values for your wifi device.

If it's an internal wifi, try
Code:
lsmod


thanks

Aitch Smile
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Mon 16 May 2011, 23:55    Post_subject:  

email4tong wrote:
I just got a new laptop with broadcom 802.11n Network Adapter.

Broadcom? In a separate thread on this forum you claim to have a Thinkpad X200 with Intel IWL5xxx wifi adapter!?

As Aitch mentioned, it's important to positively identify the exact device ID of the wifi adapter. If nothing else, this should avoid further confusion and discussion about wifi drivers that are not even relevant!

But the command that Aitch asked you for is wrong. We need you to please run this command instead -
Code:
lspci -n

and report the results.
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Aitch


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PostPosted: Tue 17 May 2011, 08:30    Post_subject:  

I stand corrected Embarassed [email4tong, he's the wifi/driver expert here, btw]

Thanks, tempestuous

Aitch Smile
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Thu 19 May 2011, 07:08    Post_subject:  

email4tong, if you genuinely wish for our assistance and a solution to your query, you need to reply with the information we asked from you.
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email4tong

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PostPosted: Sun 22 May 2011, 22:04    Post_subject: Broadcom Wireless
Sub_title: wireless card
 

Guys, thanks for all your replies. I was buried in some other things and did not check the threads. really sorry for not getting back to you.
I posted few questions in different threads, that might be a bit confusing. The reason is that I have many laptops.

Here is what I got,

1. Lenovo T61p which has Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG.
2. Lenovo X200 which has Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 5300
3. Acer Inspiro One which has Broadcom 80211.n card.

I like Puupy Linux a lot, but I had problem to make puppy linux working on any of these three laptops in terms making the wireless work. I am new to Puppy Linux and currently trying to read as much as I can. But making these wireless thing working has not been easy for me. So I tried Ubuntu 11.04, the wireless worked on both Lenovo machines at the first boot, though the Acer does not. I figure because the Broadcom 802211n is too new to be considered. But any way, if some of the helping hands can really help to create pet for any one of the machines, then I will really appreciate it. I will post other information as you all asked tonight for all three machines.

Not sure why Aitch said that email4tong is the wifi expert here, not sure where that comes from. This is really a very technical forum and let's all keep it that way and I really appreciate any helping hands and not guns.


Thanks so much.
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tempestuous

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PostPosted: Sun 22 May 2011, 22:49    Post_subject:  

email4tong wrote:
1. Lenovo T61p which has Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AG
2. Lenovo X200 which has Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 5300

Both of those wifi devices should work just fine in Puppy 5.2.x
If not, you should run the "dmesg" command and look for lines relating to how the "iwlagn" driver loaded.

email4tong wrote:
3. Acer Inspire One which has Broadcom 80211.n card

That wifi device should work in Puppy 5.2.x with the proprietary "wl" driver provided by piratesmack.
If not, we need to see the results of this command, please
Code:
lspci -n
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Makoto


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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2011, 03:12    Post_subject:  

Aitch wrote:
I stand corrected Embarassed [email4tong, he's the wifi/driver expert here, btw]

Thanks, tempestuous

Aitch Smile


What Aitch meant by that, was saying that he believes tempestuous is "the wifi/driver expert here." Smile

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email4tong

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PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2011, 03:41    Post_subject: Lenobo T60p with Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN
Sub_title: Still not working with Puppy Linux 5.2.5
 

Here is the dmesg results on Lenovo T61p:

iwlagn: Intel(R) Wireless WiFi Link AGN driver for Linux, 2.6.33.2-k
iwlagn: Copyright(c) 2003-2009 Intel Corporation
iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: Detected Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN REV=0x4
iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: Tunable channels: 11 802.11bg, 13 802.11a channels
iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: irq 33 for MSI/MSI-X
iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: firmware: requesting iwlwifi-4965-2.ucode
iwlagn 0000:03:00.0: loaded firmware version 228.61.2.24

That looks ok but when you config it, it will give you error says that 'Unable to connect to a wireless network'.

According to intel http://intellinuxwireless.org/ and
http://intellinuxwireless.org/?p=iwlwifi

for linux 2.6.24 and up
"These kernels have the iwlwifi driver included and the released drivers (available from this site under download page) do not work with these kernels. If you want to run the latest (or very close to it) development code with your kernel then you should use the compat-wireless project that retrieves the latest driver development code from the upstream repository. We do push our changes to this repository very frequently. "

from dmesg it looks ok, but according to intel, it actually never worked.

Then it referred the compact-wireless site, which requires some build, this is where I do not think I can follow.

I also downloaded the compact wireless pet and it did not help.

Any help will be really appreciated.
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