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  1. Thank you all for your replies, Greg, I tried the tutorial, didn't work. I actually started with this. I decided to switch to gentoo, just to make things harder, lol. I succeeded, I've been on it for a week, and am still trying to make gnome work, lol. But I learned a lot. I love linux!
  2. yeah, seems like it's gonna be a lot of fun dealing with this. I keep discovering new things I have to do before installing the drivers. I have to install the acer_acpi module, which for the moment is more generating errors than doing anything else. after that, another acer specific thing. then reinstall drivers, trying different methods. To have more fun, it seems that my wifi card bcm4318 is a very popular nervebreaking little toy. I found very good howto's and forums: http://anshee.blogspot.com/2007/01/how-to-...18-work-on.html https://help.ubuntu.com/community/WifiDocs/.../bcm43xx/Dapper the latter has links to all you might need and that might work, only it's for ubuntu, but still it helps me understand. Yves, I hope you can find some clues there. Bonjour la France, it's been a long time.
  3. Thanks Yves, merci I did that... still not working.
  4. now to finish I tried applying this from Debian wiki: the problem is "Network Monitor" sends me: SIOCGIFFLAGS error: No such device and I don't think I have anything called Wlan0, also I don't know what it means so... I have eth2 in Network manager.
  5. I already have build-essential and the right linux-headers. following the Debian wiki I remove any version of ndiswrapper i might have and download the last stable release. I unpack the downloaded file in a tmp directory created in home. btw, i decided to use ndiswrapper because the version of my kernel is 2.6.18-6-amd64 next I blacklist generic bcm43xx (just in case?) and compile ndiswrapper. maybe problem here: micho:~/tmp/ndiswrapper-1.53# make distclean make -C driver clean make[1]: Entering directory `/root/tmp/ndiswrapper-1.53/driver' rm -f *.o *.ko .*.cmd *.mod.c *.symvers modules.order *~ .\#* rm -f *_exports.h win2lin_stubs.h rm -rf .tmp_versions make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/tmp/ndiswrapper-1.53/driver' make -C utils clean make[1]: Entering directory `/root/tmp/ndiswrapper-1.53/utils' rm -f *~ *.o loadndisdriver make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/tmp/ndiswrapper-1.53/utils' rm -f *~ rm -fr ndiswrapper-1.53 ndiswrapper-1.53.tar.gz patch-stamp make -C driver distclean make[1]: Entering directory `/root/tmp/ndiswrapper-1.53/driver' make[1]: *** No rule to make target `distclean'. Stop. make[1]: Leaving directory `/root/tmp/ndiswrapper-1.53/driver' make: *** [distclean] Error 2 I don't know what it means this error 2. I keep going: I get R151517.EXE unzip it and install the driver from bcmwl5.inf (instead of the usual .sys) now quick check with ndiswrapper -l, and here's what I get, not sure what to think about the second part: bcmwl5 : driver installed device (14E4:4318) present (alternate driver: bcm43xx) anyone knows what that means? now finalize then check with iwconfig: eth2 IEEE 802.11b/g ESSID:"" Nickname:"Broadcom 4318" Mode:Managed Access Point: Invalid RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0 Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0 Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
  6. okay, I'm installing the firmware now. first checking with lspci: 06:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)
  7. and eth2 is recognized as wireless connection, non active, in the network setup. It doesn't appear anywhere in kern.log (eth1 is my wired connection, set as default/primary during Debian install) Let me know if any of this is relevant. Does what appears in kern.log mean that the driver is already installed?
  8. ok that's it I'm back to my learning trial errors. So as I mentioned earlier, I just reinstalled Debian etch. everything working except wifi, of course. I haven't installed any drivers yet, but I wanted to show you what appears on screen during boot (I extracted this from /var/log/Kern.log) these are all the places where bcm43xx is mentionned, I don't know what that tells: Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx driver Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: irda_init() Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 23 Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: PCI: Enabling device 0000:00:14.6 (0010 -> 0012) Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:00:14.6[B] -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 209 Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: ACPI: PCI Interrupt 0000:06:02.0[A] -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 169 Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Chip ID 0x4318, rev 0x2 Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Number of cores: 4 Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Core 0: ID 0x800, rev 0xd, vendor 0x4243, enabled Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Core 1: ID 0x812, rev 0x9, vendor 0x4243, disabled Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Core 2: ID 0x804, rev 0xc, vendor 0x4243, enabled Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Core 3: ID 0x80d, rev 0x7, vendor 0x4243, enabled Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: PHY connected Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Detected PHY: Version: 3, Type 2, Revision 7 Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Detected Radio: ID: 8205017f (Manuf: 17f Ver: 2050 Rev: 8) Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Radio turned off Sep 9 22:29:28 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Radio turned off and later: bcm43xx: PHY connected Sep 9 22:29:36 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed. Sep 9 22:29:36 micho kernel: bcm43xx: core_up for active 802.11 core failed (-2) Sep 9 22:29:38 micho kernel: Bluetooth: Core ver 2.10 Sep 9 22:29:38 micho kernel: NET: Registered protocol family 31 Sep 9 22:29:38 micho kernel: Bluetooth: HCI device and connection manager initialized Sep 9 22:29:38 micho kernel: Bluetooth: HCI socket layer initialized Sep 9 22:29:38 micho kernel: Bluetooth: L2CAP ver 2.8 Sep 9 22:29:38 micho kernel: Bluetooth: L2CAP socket layer initialized Sep 9 22:29:39 micho kernel: Bluetooth: RFCOMM socket layer initialized Sep 9 22:29:39 micho kernel: Bluetooth: RFCOMM TTY layer initialized Sep 9 22:29:39 micho kernel: Bluetooth: RFCOMM ver 1.8 Sep 9 22:29:39 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed. Sep 9 22:29:39 micho kernel: bcm43xx: core_up for active 802.11 core failed (-2) Sep 9 22:29:39 micho kernel: bcm43xx: set security called, .level = 0, .enabled = 0, .encrypt = 0 and later: eth1: no IPv6 routers present Sep 9 22:30:02 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed. Sep 9 22:30:02 micho kernel: bcm43xx: core_up for active 802.11 core failed (-2) Sep 9 22:30:25 micho kernel: tg3: eth1: Link is down. Sep 9 22:30:26 micho kernel: bcm43xx: Error: Microcode "bcm43xx_microcode5.fw" not available or load failed. Sep 9 22:30:26 micho kernel: bcm43xx: core_up for active 802.11 core failed (-2)
  9. I am using etch. I tried both drivers. If I understood well, the drivers were working, but my wifi card wouldn't connect, although at some point it was able to detect the available networks. there is a little led button to activate the card on my laptop and it doesn't stay on when i use linux. sometimes it blinked a couple times during boot. I wonder if that button thing is a problem, but as it appears to be software controlled i figure there should be a way to make it work. as i am going to reinstall the drivers, which one do you recommend? last time it was smother to install using ndiswrapper, but might be because of my lack of experience.
  10. Thanks Paul for the suggestion. I actually decided to reinstall Debian just to learn and understand better what I had done before. I went again through the process of making my graphic card and my touchpad working. They are working now. I still haven't tried installing the wifi card. I'll get back to it tomorrow or later tonight and give an update here. thanks, Micho ps Paul, your signature is cool
  11. I used networking manager for once, I suppose it does the same thing as command lines, and deactivated eth1 (wired connection) then reboot computer. i then reactivated it and now it works. don't what that changed but i'll just leave it. I still need to solve my wireless problem.
  12. now my wired connection doesn't work anymore. I haven't touched any of its options. I never had to configure it after install. and now it stops working when I try to get the wireless to work. i changed the interfaces file, but only eth2 option (wireless). never touched eth1.
  13. Hi, I'm posting this here because I saw a similar thread but too old and that wasn't addressing exactly the same problem. Anyway, I'm a linux newbie and I've been struggling for a couple days to get Debian to function and properly on a laptop. I got everything I needed to work except for the wireless connection. The driver seems to work, actually everything seems to work except it doesn't connect to the internet, although it "sees" routers (mine and my neighbours). (sorry for the non technically accurate description). Here's what I get: with Ifconfig: eth2 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 00:0E:9B:D3:DD:0A UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1 RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0 TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0 collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 RX bytes:0 (0.0 b) TX bytes:0 (0.0 b) Interrupt:169 Memory:c0304000-c0306000 with iwlist eth2 scan Well now I get eth2 No scan results but it used to scan and detect 2 networks with all the info. Anyway. with route Kernel IP routing table Destination Gateway Genmask Flags Metric Ref Use Iface 192.168.1.0 * 255.255.255.0 U 0 0 0 eth2 192.168.1.0 * 255.255.255.0 U 0 0 0 eth1 default 192.168.1.1 0.0.0.0 UG 0 0 0 eth1 default 192.168.1.1 0.0.0.0 UG 0 0 0 eth2 the new thing also is I have to do put down eth2 and redo ifup eth1 to get my wired connection to work every time I do networking restart. note: computer acer ferrari, wifi card : Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 really now I don't where the problem comes from. wonder if I should uninstall and reinstall so I can understand better what I am doing. Any advice would be great. Micho
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