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peebee


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Location: Worcestershire, UK

PostPosted: Sun 11 Jan 2015, 18:30    Post subject: Re: I have a Broadcomm 4311 rev 01 wifi card and SlackoPup 5.7.0  

bobc wrote:
My wifi works when running live, but after I install to hard disk its hopeless. I went rooting around looking for a cause and found a files called messages, and it has what looks like a couple errors:

wl: module liscense 'MIXED/Proprietary' taints kernel

wl driver 6.30.223.141 (r415941) failed with code 21

kernel BUG at include/net cfg80211.h:2930!

Searching the wl driver failed error has led me to this thread. It looks like if I guess the correct file and download it, copy it to that machine and install it, I might be able to get it working?

I can eliminate the 2 _64 files, I think, but how do I know which of the others to get?

Assuming I can figure out how to install it, do I need to do any modprobe or create any blacklist files or get rid of the wl.conf in /etc/modprobe.d which references both the failing wl and the b43 that was loaded when running live that i have been trying to load?

I asked about this in the beginner thread, but will delete that post since nobody has answered anyway, if I get a reply here. This seems like an old thread, but seems appropriate,, so that's why this post here...

Thanks for any help..


Hi

Can't think why the driver would work live and not in a full install - unless your live install was without a save file, when the wl driver was probably not being used - it usually needs a reboot and a savefile to start properly.

The 4311 is quite an old Broadcom device so I'm guessing this is an old laptop? Is it built-in or on a pcmcia card?

Everything for wl is already included in Slacko 5.7.0 so there is no need to load anything extra.

What I actually suggest you do is blacklist the wl driver and reboot to see if the b43 driver claims your wifi. b43 should support the 4311 but it would be useful to use the link in post #1 to determine your full pci-id to confirm which 4311 variant you have.

Hope this helps
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PostPosted: Sun 11 Jan 2015, 18:47    Post subject:  

Yes, its an old laptop with built-in wifi. It does have a pc-mcia slot, but its empty.

lspci -nn
Network controller [0280]: Broadcomm Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] (rev 01)

There is already a wl.conf file in /etc/modprobe.d and my guess is it is blacklisting the b43 and loading wl. I will comment that out and replace with blacklist wl

Thanks for the reply...

I had already installed your pet at that point, but anyway, blacklisting wl has fixed it and it works as well as it did live, now.

Thanks much... I'll delete the post in the other thread if I can...
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maverick

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Nov 2015, 11:11    Post subject:  

peebee
if its not too much to ask can you please update the driver for slacko newer kernel.
Thank you.
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Nov 2015, 11:21    Post subject:  

maverick wrote:
peebee
if its not too much to ask can you please update the driver for slacko newer kernel.
Thank you.

Hello

Which slacko? Which kernel?

I may have already built the driver - it may already be in LxPup.....

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Nov 2015, 11:51    Post subject:  

peebee wrote:
maverick wrote:
peebee
if its not too much to ask can you please update the driver for slacko newer kernel.
Thank you.

Hello

Which slacko? Which kernel?

I may have already built the driver - it may already be in LxPup.....

Cheers
peebee


WOW, that was fast. Mr. Green Thank you peebee
I was referring to this one
http://distro.ibiblio.org/puppylinux/puppy-slacko-6.3.0/32/release-Slacko-6.3.0.htm

but would appreciated very much if you please create a fix for kernel 6.14.55 too.

Thank you again for taking the time to reply.
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unicorn316386

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PostPosted: Sun 22 Nov 2015, 13:00    Post subject:  

Hi peebee,

As mentioned here, maverick's driver seems to be broadcom 42143.
Will any of your drivers work for this? Does a linux driver for it even exist, all I can see is BCM43# here?

I checked slacko5.7 and tahr6.0.4.1 and don't believe they have any broadcom 42* drivers included either?

Perhaps a last resort option might be to run Ndiswrapper (Menu -> Setup -> Internet Connection Wizard -> Wired or Wireless LAN -> Network Wizard -> Load Module -> Ndiswapper) and try and load the Windows driver for it? (if it can be found)

Good luck. Smile
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PostPosted: Sun 22 Nov 2015, 14:34    Post subject:  

@maverick: This will work better if you provide more information.

1. Name your computer and model.

2. Run the command: lspci -nn

3. Post the information for "Network controller" .
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PostPosted: Mon 23 Nov 2015, 10:34    Post subject:  

Thanks guys for all your replies to help me.so sorry I didn't provide enough info before( I Should Have Known Better - Embarassed )
Ok here is what is really confusing me when I was trying to search of a fix.
the device is detected in both lspci and lsub but in pupscan is more accurate in usb devices ( this was also reported by an earlier post:
dsj wrote:
....the chipset is reported as BCM 4365 & it does not work with the wl driver. I have tried all the three options in the connection wizard with no detection of the hardware. I have even loaded the wl module manually with no positive results. Please help.

DSJ

here is what I have:
computer=Lenovo S21e-20
running Slim Slacko 6 (am sticking to using that even if no wifi...Thank you so much unicorn316386

DESCRIPTION: Device unknown
VENDOR: 14e4 DEVICE: 4365 KERNEL MODULE: bcma



Manufacturer=Broadcom Corp
Product=BCM43142A0
SerialNumber=ACD1B8EE22A0
VendorID=105b ProductID=e065 KERNEL-DRIVER(builtin)=(none)
is it a mini pci or usb device!!

btw rfkill list nothing shows and ssd not loaded nor is bcma.
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PostPosted: Mon 23 Nov 2015, 13:46    Post subject:  

Interesting. That Lenovo is relatively new, I wonder if using a 4.x kernel would help? On my old Dell Latitude D410, anything newer than 3.14 doesn't seem to detect my wireless (similar to what dsj experienced for all 3 options), but maybe your laptop will have the opposite effect. Clicking on the zdrv.sfs for kernel 3.14.55 a few Broadcom drivers seem to be in there though.
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PostPosted: Tue 24 Nov 2015, 08:30    Post subject:  

@maverick: According to here, your [14e4:4365] device is a Broadcom PCI WiFi adapter with a BCM43142 chip ID. It shows wl as a possible driver. But Broadcom's website does not list that chipset.

I suspect that the [105b:e065] item is your Bluetooth adapter, installed as a separate internal USB device.

Run "lsmod". Are any wifi drivers like, b43, ssb, bcma being loaded?

I would recommend that you try one of the recent LxPups with the generic wl driver and see if it matches your device.
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PostPosted: Wed 25 Nov 2015, 13:47    Post subject:  

rcrsn51 wrote:
I would recommend that you try one of the recent LxPups with the generic wl driver and see if it matches your device.

I'm also curious to know if peebee's LxPupSc-15.11.05-pae (with kernel 4.3.0 and added firmware) detects it.
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PostPosted: Wed 25 Nov 2015, 15:56    Post subject:  

unicorn316386 wrote:
rcrsn51 wrote:
I would recommend that you try one of the recent LxPups with the generic wl driver and see if it matches your device.

I'm also curious to know if peebee's LxPupSc-15.11.05-pae (with kernel 4.3.0 and added firmware) detects it.

I haven't compiled the wl driver for k4.3.0 yet so it isn't included in LxPupSc.....

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PostPosted: Fri 27 Nov 2015, 04:27    Post subject:  

Thank you guys and a special thanks to unicorn.
I've been a loyal puppy lnx user since ver 1.04 just because of Mr.B.K,what a gentleman,sorry to say that am using porteus lnx when I need wifi .
Thank you peebee for all your efforts ,
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PostPosted: Fri 27 Nov 2015, 18:39    Post subject: Slacko 630 wl  

I made a wl driver for Slacko 630 -32bit- k3.14.55. Note the native bcma / b43 / brcmsmac / ssb didn't work and had to be skiplisted in /etc/rc.d/modulesconfig.
Used the hybrid-v35-nodebug-pcoem-6_30_223_271 source. Works, apart from showing as eth1, and always loading, even on systems without a Broadcom chip. Fixed that by skiplisting wl & loading it after boot. Over to Peebee for improvement.
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PostPosted: Mon 30 Nov 2015, 10:31    Post subject:  

Thank you ozsouth for taking the time to help.
can you please upload it and provide a link.
Thank you.
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