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Broadcom wireless problem in Puppy 5.2.8
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docinthebox

Joined: 09 Jun 2007
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Location: Rockville, MD, USA

PostPosted: Sat 20 Aug 2011, 09:16    Post subject:  Broadcom wireless problem in Puppy 5.2.8
Subject description: "Initial Values Firmware file-format error."
 

Hi, I'm using the new 5.2.8. When I try to start wlan0, it gave me this error:

Aug 21 00:18:28 puppypc user.info kernel: b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 410.2160 (2007-05-26 15:32:10)
Aug 21 00:18:28 puppypc user.err kernel: b43-phy0 ERROR: Initial Values Firmware file-format error.
Aug 21 00:18:28 puppypc user.err kernel: b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://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.

My wireless hardware (as shown in lspci):
0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)

Was working fine in Puppy 5.2.5.

I have the firmware file on my usb stick. Is there anyway to run b43-fwcutter manually in a terminal to load the firmware in? When I su'ed, I don't see b43-fwcutter anywhere.

Thanks!
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PostPosted: Sun 21 Aug 2011, 01:45    Post subject:  

Need more details.
Puppy 5.2.8 is installed how?
You start Puppy how?
Quote:
When I try to start wlan0,

You do what?
You see what?

You could be doing something wrong, but without specific details hard to tell.

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docinthebox

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PostPosted: Sun 21 Aug 2011, 15:12    Post subject:  

I booted into 5.2.8 via live USB.

On "Simple Network Setup", clicked on "wlan0" button.

"Failed to activate interface 'wlan0. Sometimes this is just a temporary problem. Go back to the main window, and you can try again."

Clicked on "LOG", got the following:

Aug 21 00:18:28 puppypc user.info kernel: b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 410.2160 (2007-05-26 15:32:10)
Aug 21 00:18:28 puppypc user.err kernel: b43-phy0 ERROR: Initial Values Firmware file-format error.
Aug 21 00:18:28 puppypc user.err kernel: b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://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.

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docinthebox

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PostPosted: Sun 21 Aug 2011, 15:28    Post subject:  

Never mind. On trying the 3rd time, somehow it started to work again. Don't know exactly why it didn't work at first. But thanks anyways.

ps. I did do a "cd /lib/firmware" and then "cd b43" and looked at the firmware files, and somehow that resolved the problem for subsequent boots. Don't know exactly how, but it works fine now.
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PostPosted: Thu 25 Aug 2011, 19:57    Post subject:  

Same for me. Wouldn't work despite reboots or multiple attempts to scan wireless networks or use different network setup interfaces...

...until I looked at lib/firmware, then suddenly it worked fine.
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