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Wifi firmware problem
« on: July 01, 2013, 09:17:29 am »
Hi

I have peppermint 3 on my dual boot (XP) Compaq V5000 (V5214ea to be precise) .

The WiFi applet indicates it is not working due to firmware problems. It's never worked.  I rarely use this laptop but I am trying to get some more use out of it.  It is old but hardly used. Before I have just used my Mobile phone acting as a router linked up by cable to it.

Directions to upgrade the firmware would appreciated.    :)

If this should be in another category please feel free to move it. :)

I was also wondering...........should we not have a Mint/Peppermint category?  As a lot of questions are about that distro'.



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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2013, 10:36:08 am »
Can you post the output from:
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lsusb
and
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lspci | grep -i net
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2013, 02:48:09 pm »
Sorry for the delay.

First one

Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 002 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 004 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 001 Device 003: ID 04e8:6864 Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd

Second one

06:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
08:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network Connection (rev 01)

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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2013, 03:34:13 pm »
Can you also post the output from:
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sudo lshw -C network
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lspci -vnn | grep -i net
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2013, 05:49:44 pm »
First

*-network               
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:06:00.0
       version: 01
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
       resources: irq:18 memory:40000000-40003fff
  *-network
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: PRO/100 VE Network Connection
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 8
       bus info: pci@0000:08:08.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 01
       serial: 00:16:d4:36:67:4e
       size: 10Mbit/s
       capacity: 100Mbit/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=e100 driverversion=3.5.24-k2-NAPI duplex=half firmware=N/A latency=66 link=no maxlatency=56 mingnt=8 multicast=yes port=MII speed=10Mbit/s
       resources: irq:20 memory:d0100000-d0100fff ioport:2000(size=64)
  *-network:0
       description: Ethernet interface
       physical id: 1
       logical name: usb0
       serial: 02:00:61:37:62:30
       capabilities: ethernet physical
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=rndis_host driverversion=22-Aug-2005 firmware=RNDIS device ip=192.168.42.107 link=yes multicast=yes
  *-network:1 DISABLED
       description: Wireless interface
       physical id: 2
       logical name: wlan0
       serial: 00:14:a5:b7:88:0f
       capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43 driverversion=3.2.0-23-generic firmware=N/A link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
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second

06:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
08:08.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network Connection [8086:1092] (rev 01)


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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2013, 08:21:30 pm »
Can you connect to a router with an ethernet cable so you have an active internet connection ?
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2013, 06:32:45 am »
Hi mark

yes, as I said in the opening paragraph I use a my mobile (by cable).  I do not have a normal wired broadband connection.
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #7 on: July 03, 2013, 10:49:13 am »
OK first let's try the reinstalling the firmware, and if that doesn't work try the wl drivers .. and if that doesn't work you'll have to describe the connection and issue a little better :)

Whilst connected to the interweb, run:
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sudo apt-get install --reinstall build-essential linux-headers-generic dkms bcmwl-kernel-source linux-firmware firmware-b43-installer

Now check if your wireless works the way you expect it to

If not, try unloading the b43 driver, and loading the wl driver (your card is supposed to be supported by both drivers)
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sudo modprobe -r b43
then
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sudo modprobe wl
Be aware - swapping the drivers will NOT survive a reboot and will need to be re-applied, but if it works we can make it permanent.
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #8 on: July 03, 2013, 01:26:02 pm »
OK. Tried all of the above without any difference.  I booted into XP and noticed that the button that turns WiFi on and off was blue (on).

Re-booting into Peppermint showed that the Button was not blue (on) but unlit.  Pressing the WiFi on off button mad no difference. So, it may be that Peppermint cannot recognize the on/off button and that the drivers are OK really.

What do you think?

Edit:

This may a resurrection too far anyway.  I am finding it impossible to install software via software manager.  The mouse jumps around the screen randomly.  When I'm typing text it goes all over the place missing spaces and inserting text randomly.  I have had to edit this post 5 times but..................it doesn't do this in XP?!
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #9 on: July 03, 2013, 04:14:46 pm »
Odd, you're the second person that seems to be having the skipping around cursor in Peppermint 3 (on this forum), yet nobody has reported it on the Peppermint forum ??

Can you post the output from:
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rfkill list

and the make/model of your laptop



to kill the touchpad whilst typing .. run:
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syndaemon -i 1 &

This should kill the touchpad whilst you type with a 1 second delay between the last keystroke and the touchpad becoming active again.

Does that help ?

it won't survive a reboot .. but if it helps, we can automate it to run at bootup.


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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #10 on: July 04, 2013, 06:50:32 am »
here we go

0: hp-wifi: Wireless LAN
   Soft blocked: no
   Hard blocked: yes
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #11 on: July 04, 2013, 02:04:04 pm »
Is there a hardware switch, or a key combo, or a BIOS entry for turning wireless ON/OFF ?

What happens if you run:
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #12 on: July 04, 2013, 06:24:08 pm »
There is a button that when pressed should light up blue.
I have tried live Peppermint 4 cd and Ubuntu 13.04....nothing.

Output

Can't open RFKILL control device: Permission denied
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #13 on: July 05, 2013, 12:03:35 am »
The "firmware" message you refer to in your original posting .. where is that coming from, and what's the exact wording ?

Did wireless used to work ?

have you tried booting an earlier kernel ?

Have you tried reinstalling linux-firmware:
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sudo apt-get install --reinstall linux-firmware
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Re: Wifi firmware problem
« Reply #14 on: July 05, 2013, 07:02:13 am »
The 'Firmware' notice  was displayed by hovering the mouse pointer over the connections applet.

The WiFi has never worked and TBH is now becoming a secondary issue behind the keyboard and mouse problems.

It seems that the WiFi button is behind the fact that I cannot make the hardware active by pressing the WiFi button.  A reboot into XP shows the button to be active at startup and can be pressed off.

Output

E: dpkg was interrupted, you must manually run 'sudo dpkg --configure -a' to correct the problem.

Which I did and nothing has changed.

On another note I am wondering if there is damage to the keyboard mouse pad.  Plugging in a USB mouse and keyboared has just as good as confirmed it.
Don't bust yourself over the WiFi Mark as  at least tether it.

On the plus side...seeing how much trouble I have had recently trying to keep knackered old laptops survive my Wife has decided I can spend some of MY own money and get a new one!  Jeez!  Thanks love, as I looked at her iPad brick with D&G cover that can do virtually FA.

I will use this laptop as a workstation with USB mouse and keyboard.

Thanks
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