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Old 09-05-2011, 06:39 PM
Nicolas Thierry-Mieg
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

Michael D. Berger wrote:
> I have a Broadcom 802.11b/g hardware on my dual-boot laptop.
> Note first that in the WinXP partition, the wifi makes DHCP
> connections to my router with no problem. Since this
> was not working in my new CentOS 6 partition, and
> remembering that there was a driver problem with the
> old Fedora partition it replaced, I followed instructions
> founs at:
>
> http://repecka.net/en/2011/04/19/install-broadcom-bcm4311-802-11bg-wlan-
> drivers-on-centos/
>
> and
>
> http://www.broadcom.com/docs/linux_sta/README.txt
>
> modifying for that fact that I use wlan0 rather than eth1.
> The wifi is now dead-in-the-water. The wlan light now
> remains red, and neither ifconfig nor iwconfig show any
> sign of wlan0 (contra to the situation before I installed
> the new driver). It still works in the WinXP partition.
>
> Suggestions for my next step in fixing this would be most
> welcome.

maybe here:
http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Laptops/Wireless/Broadcom?action=show

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Old 09-05-2011, 06:59 PM
"b.j. mcclure"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

On Mon, 2011-09-05 at 18:26 +0000, Michael D. Berger wrote:
> On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:11:21 -0400, b.j. mcclure wrote:
>
> [...]
> >
> > I would start with native packages in CentOS 6 and if operation is
> > unsatisfactory then seek another solution.
>
> Yes, the native packages didn't work and I am mow seeking
> "another solution". They did show the presence of wlan0, but
> they would not connect.
>
> Mike.

Could you please post the output of the following:

rpm -qa | grep fwcutter

lspci

lsmod

Thanks.

B.J.

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Old 09-05-2011, 07:28 PM
"Michael D. Berger"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:59:28 -0400, b.j. mcclure wrote:

> On Mon, 2011-09-05 at 18:26 +0000, Michael D. Berger wrote:
>> On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:11:21 -0400, b.j. mcclure wrote:
>>
>> [...]
>> >
>> > I would start with native packages in CentOS 6 and if operation is
>> > unsatisfactory then seek another solution.
>>
>> Yes, the native packages didn't work and I am mow seeking "another
>> solution". They did show the presence of wlan0, but they would not
>> connect.
>>
>> Mike.
>
> Could you please post the output of the following:
>
> rpm -qa | grep fwcutter
>
> lspci
>
> lsmod
>
> Thanks.
>
> B.J.
>


Thanks for your interest. I hope it is not more
than you expected.

rpm -qa | grep fwcutter:
b43-fwcutter-012-2.2.el6.i686

lspci:
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML
and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS,
943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME,
943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition
Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1
(rev 02)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2
(rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI
Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface
Bridge (rev 02)
00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA
IDE Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev
02)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
(rev 01)
05:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
05:05.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host
Adapter (rev 19)
05:05.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev
01)
05:05.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host
Adapter (rev 0a)
05:05.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev
05)
05:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network
Connection (rev 02)

lsmod:
Module Size Used by
sit 8292 0
tunnel4 2089 1 sit
sunrpc 197617 1
cpufreq_ondemand 8454 2
acpi_cpufreq 7416 1
nf_conntrack_ipv4 7700 29
nf_defrag_ipv4 1013 1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
ipt_REJECT 1905 1
ipt_LOG 4835 9
xt_iprange 1842 2
iptable_filter 2147 1
ip_tables 9541 1 iptable_filter
ip6t_REJECT 3961 2
nf_conntrack_ipv6 16198 2
xt_state 1006 31
nf_conntrack 66010 3
nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ipv6,xt_state
ip6table_filter 2219 1
ip6_tables 10809 1 ip6table_filter
ipv6 264890 37 sit,ip6t_REJECT,nf_conntrack_ipv6
dm_mirror 11620 0
dm_region_hash 10127 1 dm_mirror
dm_log 8520 2 dm_mirror,dm_region_hash
wmi 5189 0
e100 27825 0
mii 4289 1 e100
sg 24778 0
i2c_i801 9222 0
iTCO_wdt 9324 0
iTCO_vendor_support 2382 1 iTCO_wdt
wl 2635904 0
lib80211 4858 1 wl
snd_hda_codec_conexant 28491 1
snd_hda_intel 21333 3
snd_hda_codec 70277 2 snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel
snd_hwdep 5320 1 snd_hda_codec
snd_seq 46091 0
snd_seq_device 5354 1 snd_seq
snd_pcm 67225 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
snd_timer 18308 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
snd 52754 14
snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec ,snd_hwdep,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_time r
soundcore 6460 1 snd
snd_page_alloc 7080 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
ext4 322671 3
mbcache 5918 1 ext4
jbd2 73876 1 ext4
aes_i586 7208 2
aes_generic 26803 1 aes_i586
xts 1907 1
gf128mul 7923 1 xts
dm_crypt 10848 1
firewire_ohci 21090 0
firewire_core 42630 1 firewire_ohci
crc_itu_t 1343 1 firewire_core
sdhci_pci 5714 0
sdhci 17819 1 sdhci_pci
mmc_core 61320 1 sdhci
sr_mod 14187 0
cdrom 34036 1 sr_mod
sd_mod 33344 3
crc_t10dif 1191 1 sd_mod
ata_generic 2555 0
pata_acpi 2487 0
ata_piix 19016 2
i915 290879 2
drm_kms_helper 29029 1 i915
drm 163291 3 i915,drm_kms_helper
i2c_algo_bit 4600 1 i915
i2c_core 25799 5
i2c_i801,i915,drm_kms_helper,drm,i2c_algo_bit
video 16662 1 i915
output 1779 1 video
dm_mod 63827 14 dm_mirror,dm_log,dm_crypt




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Old 09-05-2011, 07:31 PM
"Michael D. Berger"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 20:39:48 +0200, Nicolas Thierry-Mieg wrote:

[...]

>
> maybe here:
> http://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/Laptops/Wireless/Broadcom?action=show
>
> good luck

Thanks, but no luck so far.
Mike.

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Old 09-05-2011, 07:55 PM
"Michael D. Berger"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

[...]

I note that if I do:
/etc/init.d/network restart
wlan0 is does not appear in the output.

Mike.


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Old 09-05-2011, 08:03 PM
"Michael D. Berger"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 19:55:40 +0000, Michael D. Berger wrote:

> [...]
>
> I note that if I do:
> /etc/init.d/network restart
> wlan0 is does not appear in the output.
>
> Mike.

But if I modify ifcfg-wlan0 so that wlan0 should start
on boot,
/etc/init.d/network restart
results in
"...wlan0:...No suitable device found..."

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Old 09-05-2011, 08:22 PM
"Michael D. Berger"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

[...]

I note that instructions indicated that I should
modify

/etc/modprobe.conf

to contain:

alias eth1 wl

Since I don't have that file, I grepped around and
decided that the file to use is probably:

/etc/modprobe.d/dist.conf

So in that file I put:

alias wlan0

With regard to the library, I tried several things,
the latest being:

alias iee80211_crypt_tkip lib80211

Might there be a problem herein?

Thanks,
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Old 09-05-2011, 08:50 PM
"Michael D. Berger"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 20:22:23 +0000, Michael D. Berger wrote:

> [...]
>
> I note that instructions indicated that I should modify
>
> /etc/modprobe.conf
>
> to contain:
>
> alias eth1 wl
>
> Since I don't have that file, I grepped around and decided that the file
> to use is probably:
>
> /etc/modprobe.d/dist.conf
>
> So in that file I put:
>
> alias wlan0
>
> With regard to the library, I tried several things, the latest being:
>
> alias iee80211_crypt_tkip lib80211
>
> Might there be a problem herein?
>
> Thanks,
> Mike.

Correction (typeo):
alias wlan0 wl

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Old 09-05-2011, 08:54 PM
"b.j. mcclure"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

On Mon, 2011-09-05 at 19:28 +0000, Michael D. Berger wrote:
> On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:59:28 -0400, b.j. mcclure wrote:
>
> > On Mon, 2011-09-05 at 18:26 +0000, Michael D. Berger wrote:
> >> On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 14:11:21 -0400, b.j. mcclure wrote:
> >>
> >> [...]
> >> >
> >> > I would start with native packages in CentOS 6 and if operation is
> >> > unsatisfactory then seek another solution.
> >>
> >> Yes, the native packages didn't work and I am mow seeking "another
> >> solution". They did show the presence of wlan0, but they would not
> >> connect.
> >>
> >> Mike.
> >
> > Could you please post the output of the following:
> >
> > rpm -qa | grep fwcutter
> >
> > lspci
> >
> > lsmod
> >
> > Thanks.
> >
> > B.J.
> >
>
>
> Thanks for your interest. I hope it is not more
> than you expected.
>
> rpm -qa | grep fwcutter:
> b43-fwcutter-012-2.2.el6.i686
>
> lspci:
> 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/PM/GMS, 943/940GML
> and 945GT Express Memory Controller Hub (rev 03)
> 00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS,
> 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
> 00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 945GM/GMS/GME,
> 943/940GML Express Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 03)
> 00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition
> Audio Controller (rev 02)
> 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1
> (rev 02)
> 00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2
> (rev 02)
> 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
> Controller #1 (rev 02)
> 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
> Controller #2 (rev 02)
> 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
> Controller #3 (rev 02)
> 00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI
> Controller #4 (rev 02)
> 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI
> Controller (rev 02)
> 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
> 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface
> Bridge (rev 02)
> 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7 Family) SATA
> IDE Controller (rev 02)
> 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev
> 02)
> 02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN
> (rev 01)
> 05:05.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Ricoh Co Ltd R5C832 IEEE 1394 Controller
> 05:05.1 SD Host controller: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host
> Adapter (rev 19)
> 05:05.2 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller (rev
> 01)
> 05:05.3 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C592 Memory Stick Bus Host
> Adapter (rev 0a)
> 05:05.4 System peripheral: Ricoh Co Ltd xD-Picture Card Controller (rev
> 05)
> 05:08.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation PRO/100 VE Network
> Connection (rev 02)
>
> lsmod:
> Module Size Used by
> sit 8292 0
> tunnel4 2089 1 sit
> sunrpc 197617 1
> cpufreq_ondemand 8454 2
> acpi_cpufreq 7416 1
> nf_conntrack_ipv4 7700 29
> nf_defrag_ipv4 1013 1 nf_conntrack_ipv4
> ipt_REJECT 1905 1
> ipt_LOG 4835 9
> xt_iprange 1842 2
> iptable_filter 2147 1
> ip_tables 9541 1 iptable_filter
> ip6t_REJECT 3961 2
> nf_conntrack_ipv6 16198 2
> xt_state 1006 31
> nf_conntrack 66010 3
> nf_conntrack_ipv4,nf_conntrack_ipv6,xt_state
> ip6table_filter 2219 1
> ip6_tables 10809 1 ip6table_filter
> ipv6 264890 37 sit,ip6t_REJECT,nf_conntrack_ipv6
> dm_mirror 11620 0
> dm_region_hash 10127 1 dm_mirror
> dm_log 8520 2 dm_mirror,dm_region_hash
> wmi 5189 0
> e100 27825 0
> mii 4289 1 e100
> sg 24778 0
> i2c_i801 9222 0
> iTCO_wdt 9324 0
> iTCO_vendor_support 2382 1 iTCO_wdt
> wl 2635904 0
> lib80211 4858 1 wl
> snd_hda_codec_conexant 28491 1
> snd_hda_intel 21333 3
> snd_hda_codec 70277 2 snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel
> snd_hwdep 5320 1 snd_hda_codec
> snd_seq 46091 0
> snd_seq_device 5354 1 snd_seq
> snd_pcm 67225 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec
> snd_timer 18308 2 snd_seq,snd_pcm
> snd 52754 14
> snd_hda_codec_conexant,snd_hda_intel,snd_hda_codec ,snd_hwdep,snd_seq,snd_seq_device,snd_pcm,snd_time r
> soundcore 6460 1 snd
> snd_page_alloc 7080 2 snd_hda_intel,snd_pcm
> ext4 322671 3
> mbcache 5918 1 ext4
> jbd2 73876 1 ext4
> aes_i586 7208 2
> aes_generic 26803 1 aes_i586
> xts 1907 1
> gf128mul 7923 1 xts
> dm_crypt 10848 1
> firewire_ohci 21090 0
> firewire_core 42630 1 firewire_ohci
> crc_itu_t 1343 1 firewire_core
> sdhci_pci 5714 0
> sdhci 17819 1 sdhci_pci
> mmc_core 61320 1 sdhci
> sr_mod 14187 0
> cdrom 34036 1 sr_mod
> sd_mod 33344 3
> crc_t10dif 1191 1 sd_mod
> ata_generic 2555 0
> pata_acpi 2487 0
> ata_piix 19016 2
> i915 290879 2
> drm_kms_helper 29029 1 i915
> drm 163291 3 i915,drm_kms_helper
> i2c_algo_bit 4600 1 i915
> i2c_core 25799 5
> i2c_i801,i915,drm_kms_helper,drm,i2c_algo_bit
> video 16662 1 i915
> output 1779 1 video
> dm_mod 63827 14 dm_mirror,dm_log,dm_crypt
>

Your firmware appears to be installed and the wl driver you compiled
appears to be loaded. If the driver and firmware are compatible then I
would check that Network Manager is running and Networking and Wireless
Networking are enabled in the NM applet. Network Manager should create
an auto-<ssid_of_accesspoint> configuration file
in /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts.

If that all looks o.k. I'll have to pass the baton to someone that may
have experience with your driver.

The stock driver (b43) does work on my machine although on some routers
dhcp does not work and I have had to configure a static IP to get a
connection. ymmv.

B.J.

CentOS Linux release 6.0 (Final)

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Old 09-05-2011, 09:50 PM
"Michael D. Berger"
 
Default Broadcom Wifi Problem

On Mon, 05 Sep 2011 16:54:59 -0400, b.j. mcclure wrote:
[...]
> Your firmware appears to be installed and the wl driver you compiled
> appears to be loaded. If the driver and firmware are compatible then I
> would check that Network Manager is running and Networking and Wireless
> Networking are enabled in the NM applet. Network Manager should create
> an auto-<ssid_of_accesspoint> configuration file in
> /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts.
>
> If that all looks o.k. I'll have to pass the baton to someone that may
> have experience with your driver.
>
> The stock driver (b43) does work on my machine although on some routers
> dhcp does not work and I have had to configure a static IP to get a
> connection. ymmv.
>
> B.J.
>
> CentOS Linux release 6.0 (Final)

My NetworkManager doesn't work (that's another problem, but low
priority), and it is my intention to use wpa_supplicant and dhclient
from the command line. But obviously, if I can't see anything
with ifconfig, I can't do that. ifconfig did work before I
made the changes. With regard do compatibility between the firmware
and the driver, I could not say. Maybe that is the problem.

Thanks for your help.
Mike.

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