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Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3 [SOLVED]
« on: August 03, 2013, 03:15:02 pm »
I have just installed Peppermint 3 on a friend's Dell Inspiron 1501.  All went well except that the Connection icon in the system tray (bottom right of screen) says:
Wireless Networks:
Device not ready (firmware missing)

I have added the network via the Network Manager but the message continues to deny that the firmware exists.  For the record; the wireless system on this machine worked fine in the previous, Vista installation. 

Any ideas?
« Last Edit: August 04, 2013, 10:00:50 am by Keith »

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #1 on: August 03, 2013, 03:27:39 pm »
Hi Keith

Have you checked in "Additional Drivers" to see if there is a proprietory driver available for that chipset, You may have a Broadcom chipset and I'm sure there was some issue with Broadcom drivers not included in the installation of Peppermint 3 for some commercial licensing reasons

EDIT

 if you want to check what wireless chipset you have type in the terminal

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lshw -c network
« Last Edit: August 03, 2013, 03:41:30 pm by Emegra »

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #2 on: August 03, 2013, 03:42:41 pm »
Hi Graeme.
You are absolutely right - the Broadcom driver was missing. 
Unfortunately, when I attempted to download it, the system crashed - twice!
This looks like a more difficult problem.  Do you have any experience of this?

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #3 on: August 03, 2013, 03:48:01 pm »
Just seen your Edit. The output from the lshw command is:
*-network
       description: Network controller
       product: BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
       vendor: Broadcom Corporation
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:05:00.0
       version: 01
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: bus_master cap_list
       configuration: driver=b43-pci-bridge latency=0
       resources: irq:18 memory:c0200000-c0203fff


The Connection icon no longer lists a wired-connection option at all - not even greyed out, as before.
« Last Edit: August 03, 2013, 03:49:47 pm by Keith »

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #4 on: August 03, 2013, 03:54:03 pm »
Sorry Keith

My knowledge and experience is very limited but I think you need to connect your laptop to the router via ethernet then when you have an internet connection type this command into the terminal
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sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter firmware-b43-installer
 

as per this post
 http://peppermintos.net/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4799

but it may be better to wait till our lord and master (Mark) or someone more savvy comes along to advise you as I wouldn't want to be responsible for screwing things up for you


Good luck


Graeme
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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #5 on: August 03, 2013, 04:07:44 pm »
OK, on the Peppermint3 PC, create a folder on the desktop called b43offline

On another PC

Download the b43-fwcutter_xxx-x_xxxx.deb file for your architecture from one of the mirrors at this link:
http://packages.ubuntu.com/precise/utils/b43-fwcutter
and place it in the b43offline directory you created on your desktop)

Once you have the b43-fwcutter_xxx-x_xxxx.deb file in the b43offline directory on your desktop .. open a terminal (Ctrl+Alt+T) and run:
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cd ~/Desktop/b43offline
then
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sudo dpkg -i b43-fwcutter*

On another PC with internet access .. download these 2 (firmware) files:-
http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2
and
http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o

and copy them both to the b43offline directory you created on the Peppermint desktop.

Open a terminal, and run these commands in sequence:
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cd ~/Desktop/b43offline
then
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tar -xjvf broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3_mipsel.tar.bz2
then
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sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-5.10.56.27.3/driver/wl_apsta/wl_prebuilt.o
then
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sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o
then
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sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/b43
then
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sudo chmod 755 /lib/firmware/b43legacy
then
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sudo modprobe -r b43
(don't worry if that command fails .. just carry on below
then
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sudo modprobe b43

Wireless adapters that use the b43 drivers should now spring to life

If that doesn't work .. try changing to the b43legacy driver with:
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sudo modprobe -r b43
then
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sudo modprobe b43legacy
Let me know which (if any) of those 2 drivers worked .. b43 or b43legacy

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #6 on: August 03, 2013, 04:20:55 pm »
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inxi -F output:

the first line should tell you if it's 32 or 64 bit


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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #7 on: August 03, 2013, 04:23:10 pm »
Thanks, Graeme. 

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #8 on: August 03, 2013, 04:30:52 pm »
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inxi -S
will tell you if it's 64bit or 32bit  without all the other output.
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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #9 on: August 03, 2013, 04:32:33 pm »
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will tell you if it's 64bit or 32bit  without all the other output.

I knew that  :P

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #10 on: August 03, 2013, 04:34:32 pm »
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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #11 on: August 03, 2013, 04:52:11 pm »
Sorry: I deleted my silly queries before checking that you had both replied - I wasn't being rude!

And yes - everything sprang into life immediately!
Thank you both very much for your prompt and effective advice.  I don't know what I would do without your help.

Keith

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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #12 on: August 03, 2013, 04:53:53 pm »
Yeah I have to agree Mark was quite helpfull as well :)


glad you got it working



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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #13 on: August 03, 2013, 04:55:58 pm »
Check  it survives a reboot.
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Re: Adding a wireless connection in Peppermint 3
« Reply #14 on: August 03, 2013, 05:09:52 pm »
Ah!  Funny you should mention that.  It didn't. 
I tried:
sudo modprobe -r b43
sudo modprobe b43legacy

but that doesn't connect the wireless.

May I beg your advice once more?
« Last Edit: August 03, 2013, 05:49:23 pm by Keith »

 


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