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Author Topic: little help with a Wired Connection.  (Read 1581 times)
stretchedthin
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« on: November 18, 2011, 09:54:27 pm »


Hi all, The video's I put up on Youtube have managed to attact someone to give Vectorlinux a try.  He has asked for a little help getting his wireless card to work

What I have had him try already is to go into wicd preferences and set his Wired interface to eth0

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Re: Vector Linux
OK I have installed Vector Linux and have my nvidia card working thanks to you!My only problem is the wireless is not showing up???

Results of lspci

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00:00.0 Host bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Host Bridge (rev b1)
00:00.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.0 ISA bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 LPC Bridge (rev b2)
00:03.1 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.2 SMBus: nVidia Corporation MCP79 SMBus (rev b1)
00:03.3 RAM memory: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Memory Controller (rev b1)
00:03.5 Co-processor: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Co-processor (rev b1)
00:04.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b1)
00:04.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev b1)
00:06.0 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 OHCI USB 1.1 Controller (rev b1)
00:06.1 USB Controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 EHCI USB 2.0 Controller (rev b1)
00:08.0 Audio device: nVidia Corporation MCP79 High Definition Audio (rev b1)
00:09.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Bridge (rev b1)
00:0a.0 Ethernet controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 Ethernet (rev b1)
00:0b.0 SATA controller: nVidia Corporation MCP79 AHCI Controller (rev b1)
00:0c.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:0d.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:10.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:15.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:16.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:17.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
00:18.0 PCI bridge: nVidia Corporation MCP79 PCI Express Bridge (rev b1)
01:07.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller (rev 05)
01:07.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter (rev 22)
01:07.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host Adapter (rev 12)
01:07.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev 12)
04:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation C79 [GeForce 9400M G] (rev b1)
07:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
M17X simon # ^C
M17X simon #

Results of iwconfig
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iwconfig
M17X simon # iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 IEEE 802.11abgn ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Bit Rate:144 Mb/s Tx-Power:24 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Power Management:off
Link Quality=5/5 Signal level=0 dBm Noise level=-22 dBm
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

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« Reply #1 on: November 19, 2011, 06:30:49 am »

I'm the last person that should be listened to about anything networking, but still . . .
shouldn't wireless interface be set to eth1 here, odd as that seems?
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Robert
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« Reply #2 on: November 19, 2011, 09:16:20 am »

@roarde

I've just sent him another email. I'm wondering if he has set up his install of VL in a virtual machine.  I think that would give him an eth reading even if he is wireless.
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« Reply #3 on: November 19, 2011, 01:51:28 pm »

Ok he has installed onto his hard-drive no virtual machine install.  He has a ethernet connection which is being detected and he can surf the net. But apparently this is a hybrid card and the drivers are proprietary in nature.

Broadcom offers them for download...
http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php

I also found this at Slackbuilds.org
http://slackbuilds.org/repository/13.1/network/broadcom-sta/

My question now is can I build this and upload it to the repository. Or is the fact that it is a proprietary driver prevent this.  Ubuntu, opensource and fedora provide this as a download through their "Restricted Driver" services.



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« Reply #4 on: November 19, 2011, 02:32:23 pm »

Stretchedthin.  Wish I knew.  Its beyond my area.  I keep thinking DD-WRT or something like that.  I will keep my eye out for something that might help answer your question, but doubt I will run across anything.

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« Reply #5 on: November 19, 2011, 06:41:30 pm »

I don't know what VL policy is about putting such drivers in repo, but Broadcom is allowing and encouraging building for and use in distribution repos. The terms aren't great, but do allow this. The LICENSE.txt file that spells out the terms are only in the 64-bit tarball in lib/. By the terms, a 32-bit package would have to include the license file, too.

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OK, took a look through the repos and found http://vectorlinux.osuosl.org/veclinux-7.0/kernels/drivers/broadcom-wl-5.100.82.38_2.6.38.7-i586-1vl70.txz. SlackBuild is included. The build is for 2.6.38, but the directory setup was created with the addition of modules built for other kernels in mind.
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« Reply #6 on: November 20, 2011, 07:18:12 pm »

First the VL version does make a difference.

We also need to the output of lsmod to see
what modules are loaded.

This may be as easy as install firmware.

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« Reply #7 on: November 20, 2011, 09:46:37 pm »

iwconfig shows his device is working, he shouldn't need additional drivers

he needs to set eth1 as his wireless card in wicd

iwlist should show access points he can connect to
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« Reply #8 on: November 21, 2011, 08:39:28 am »

iwconfig shows his device is working, he shouldn't need additional drivers

he needs to set eth1 as his wireless card in wicd

iwlist should show access points he can connect to

It's a hybrid device, so handles both wired and wireless connection.  When he ran iwconfig he had the ethernet cable pluged in so it showed up.  I had the same thought and had him put eth1 in Wicd's wireless preference, but didn't work that way.

His card was a bcm4322, which if you check blacklist.conf is blacklisted, but at any rate this is how we ended up solving the problem.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b5g12w1E3qM
@bigpaws vl7.0rc3.4 and you were on the right track.
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« Reply #9 on: November 22, 2011, 12:58:22 pm »

A general comment on the Broadcom stuff:  with the new kernels (think VL 7.0 here) the driver is now included but the firmware remains proprietary.  This is true of the Broadcom 4312 chip in my HP netbook and is true of the 4322 hybrids as well.  fwcutter will need to be packaged for VL7 if it isn't already.  If Broadcom permits packaging of the firmware we should do that.  Failing that, we could do what some other distros do and have a package that is essentially a script which downloads the firmware from the Broadcom site and installs it.

For VL6, of course, you still need the older, proprietary driver.
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