Linux and WiFi, Installation Problems

Discussion in 'Linux Networking' started by pmwarden, Dec 19, 2013.

  1. pmwarden

    pmwarden New Member

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    Hi Guys
    Again I like to try Linux. Again I installed it on a Laptop. And again I have a WiFi Problem.
    This time I used a ISO File burned on CD from Open Suse, Linux Mint and Ubuntu.
    Open Suse is not running from CD. My WiFi Card get recognized (right reconnised) at the installation but I get the error my card is deactivated and the installation stops.
    Linux Mint is running from CD for a Test. But running from CD or installed it shows the same problem. My WiFi Card get (right) recognized and the installation stops because my card is deactivated.
    NOW (!!!) Ubuntu !!!
    Ubuntu runs from CD for a Test. Ubuntu recognized my internal BroadComm WiFi Card right, tells my the card is deactivated BUT is still installing finished AND installed the WiFi Card Driver.
    After the WiFi Card Driver is installed (first then) I have the chance to push the Button with the Antenna Symbol on my Laptop and DIRECT the WiFi works and I can start the Internet and everything works.
    BUT, and that is what I can't understand, then I Installed this Ubuntu, the same, from the same CD where I have done the Test, and I have the same problem as with Mint or Suse. The WiFi Card get recognized correct, but I get the error my card is deactivated ........
    What's the problem?
    My WiFi Card is working with Ubuntu from CD but not with a installed Ubuntu?
    I can't activated the WiFi Card before the Driver is installed but It looks like (I'm not shure) I have to activated the card before installation?
    And what is the reason the stupid card works when I use Ubuntu from CD?
    Ok, Who can tell me something that sounds good?
    Greetings from Australia
    Peter

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  2. arochester

    arochester Active Member

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    Can you temporarily connect your laptop with cable? If you can, open a Terminal and input the command: lspci

    Can you copy and paste the result here. I am particularly interested in what appears on the line "Network Controller".

    We need to know exactly what Broadcom card. There is more than one...
  3. pmwarden

    pmwarden New Member

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    Thanks for the fast answer.
    Shure I could connect the Laptop with a cable ...... if I had one .... (Sorry).

    Ok, but now more details what happen and about this "LSPCI".

    1.) What happen exactly ?

    I could find in the laptop bios the adjustment WiFi Card is on.
    I boot from ....

    .... from CD :
    System Settings
    Software Sources
    Additional Drivers
    "Broadcom Corporation: BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller"
    "This Device is not working"
    I swoop to "Using Broadcom 802.11 Linux STA Wireless driver source from bcmwl-kernel-source (proprietary)"
    Push the "Apply changes" Button and the moving bar shows a Installation of the Driver to the end.
    I push the Wireless Button on my Laptop got shown almost direct all WiFi Networks around me and the Laptop is online (after I gave in my password for my Network).

    .... from the installed Version on HDD from the same CD :
    Everything is the same to the point "Apply changes".
    In this case the bar shows after 50% moving a stop and it changed back to "Do not use the Device".
    Nothing happen when I push the WiFi Button on the Laptop and I can't see any WiFi Networks.

    2.) LSPCI

    I hope I understood right what you want.
    Otherwise you can find now on this place a lot of crap.

    Boot from CD, working WiFi, Online :

    ubuntu@ubuntu:~$ lspci
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Memory Controller Hub (rev 07)
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Mobile 4 Series Chipset Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 07)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801IBM/IEM (ICH9M/ICH9M-E) 4 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 13)
    0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)


    Boot from HDD, no working WiFi, not Online :

    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 03)
    00:1a.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #5 (rev 03)
    00:1a.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #6 (rev 03)
    00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) HD Audio Controller (rev 03)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 03)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 2 (rev 03)
    00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 03)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) PCI Express Port 5 (rev 03)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1d.1 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 03)
    00:1d.2 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 03)
    00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller #1 (rev 03)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev 93)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation ICH9M LPC Interface Controller (rev 03)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801IBM/IEM (ICH9M/ICH9M-E) 4 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 03)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801I (ICH9 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 03)
    09:00.0 Ethernet controller: Marvell Technology Group Ltd. 88E8040 PCI-E Fast Ethernet Controller (rev 13)
    0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller (rev 01)
  4. arochester

    arochester Active Member

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    (I find that a cable often comes in useful.)

    Here is a way to install the wifi from a LiveCD WITHOUT connecting to the Internet. It is a bit old, but should work with a more recent issue:
    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1742147

    Does this help?
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2013
  5. lobo

    lobo Active Member

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    You will need to get the system installed from a wired connection first of all. Then when you should be able to fetch the firmware and get the device working. This is a well known problem with Broadcom wireless devices, as the (proprietary) drivers/firmware cannot be redistributed due to licensing restrictions.
  6. pmwarden

    pmwarden New Member

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    Problem solved.
    I haven't realized HOW importend a cable connection is at the installation.
    I got a cable from a friend and connected my computer to the DSL Box and direct all problems are gone.
    I could instal the internal WiFi Card direct and got direct my WiFi Internet Connection.
    Thanks for the Help.
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