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  1. #1
    yoocontolk NNTP User

    Default Wireless on ppc

    Hey everyone,

    I've used a few distros of linux before (ubuntu, crux, even openSuse) but this is my first time trying it on my PPC G4 Mac. So I have openSuse installed on there successfully, but I cannot for the life of me get my wireless card to work. I have b43-fwcutter installed and i downloaded a broadcom driver 'broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0'. When using b43-fwcutter it extracts the files fine, but I don't think it is installing it in /lib/firmware. Here's some info on the card:

    Belkin F5D7001 High-Speed mode wireless G network card
    Driver: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel driver: ssb
    Revision: 3
    kernel: 2.6.27.7-9-default

    I get the feeling that the problem is the driver, since they are not designed for ppc. But despite my searches I could not find a ppc driver. Am I screwed with this card? Thanks in advance.

  2. #2

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    Read this

    HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless)/Broadcom BCM43xx - openSUSE

    especially the part about firmware installation (you most probably have the wrong one).

  3. #3
    yoocontolk NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    Hmm. Well, I downloaded the b43.rpm that was linked there and installed, then re-booted. Still nothing.

    In YaST -> Network devices nothing shows up for wireless, but I set one up in network settings.

  4. #4

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    Not enough information.

    Read the stickies in this subforum on how to provide more of it.

  5. #5
    yoocontolk NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    I looked at the stickies in this subforum to try and trouble shoot, I'll try to post as much information as I can. I am writing this from my laptop, so unfortunatly I can't copy and paste from bash.

    lspci -v
    0001:10:12.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 03)
    Subsystem: Belkin Belkin F5D7001 High-Speed Mode Wireless G Network Card
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 16, IRQ 52
    Memory at 80082000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=512K]
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb

  6. #6

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    Well, you obviously did not read them completely.

    Getting Your Wireless to Work - openSUSE Forums

    Last post mentioning the diagnostic script.

  7. #7
    yoocontolk NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    Wow, I can't believe I missed that. Sorry about that.

    Code:
    collectNWData.sh V0.6.1.15 (Rev: 1.165, Build: 2009/09/02 18:39:22)
    --- Which type of your network connection should be tested?
    --- (2) Wireless connection (WLAN)
    --- What's the type of networktopology?
    --- (1) WLAN access point <---> LinuxClient
    --- On which host is the script executed?
    --- (1) LinuxClient
    !!! CND0120E: Network card wlan1 has no IP address
    !!! CND0300E: No dhcp server found on interface wlan1
    !!! CND0230W: IPV6 enabled
    !!! CND0310W: Classic network configuration with ifup was detected. Configuration with knetworkmanager is much easier
    --- Go to http://www.linux-tips-and-tricks.de/CND#English to get more detailed instructions about the error/warning messages and how to fix the problems
    --- If you still don't have success then post the contents of file collectNWData.txt in the net (see http://www.linux-tips-and-tricks.de/CND_UPL#English for links) and then the nopaste link on your favorite Linux forum.
    ==================================================================================================================
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** uname -a
    Linux linux-4ppm 2.6.27.7-9-default #1 2008-12-04 18:10:04 +0100 ppc ppc ppc GNU/Linux
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** cat /etc/*-release
    LSB_VERSION="core-2.0-noarch:core-3.2-noarch:core-2.0-ppc:core-3.2-ppc"
    openSUSE 11.1 (ppc)
    VERSION = 11.1
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** cat /etc/resolv | grep -vi "search"
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** cat /etc/hosts
    127.0.0.1       localhost
    127.0.0.2       linux-4ppm.site linux-4ppm
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** cat /etc/HOSTNAME
    linux-4ppm.site
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** route
    Kernel IP routing table
    Destination     Gateway         Genmask         Flags Metric Ref    Use Iface
    127.0.0.0       0.0.0.0         255.0.0.0       U     0      0        0 lo
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** ifconfig
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr ##:##:##:##:##:#1  
              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:41 Base address:0x3400 
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:52 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:52 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:3296 (3.2 Kb)  TX bytes:3296 (3.2 Kb)
    wlan1     Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr ##:##:##:##:##:#2  
              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)
    wmaster0  Link encap:UNSPEC  HWaddr 00-11-50-50-B2-2E-48-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00-00  
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING 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)
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** ping tests
    connect: Network is unreachable
    Ping of 195.135.220.3 failed
    ping: unknown host www.suse.de
    Ping of www.suse.de failed
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** dhcpcd-test
    wlan1: No DHCP server detected
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** lspci
    0001:10:12.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
    0002:20:0f.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Apple Computer Inc. UniNorth GMAC (Sun GEM) [106b:0021] (rev 01)
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** lsusb
    Bus 002 Device 005: ID 05ac:0220 Apple, Inc. Aluminum Keyboard
    Bus 002 Device 004: ID 05ac:1006 Apple, Inc. Hub in Aluminum Keyboard
    Bus 002 Device 003: ID 046d:c50e Logitech, Inc. MX-1000 Cordless Mouse Receiver
    Bus 002 Device 002: ID 058f:9254 Alcor Micro Corp. Hub
    Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0ea0:6828 Ours Technology, Inc. OTI-6828 Flash Disk
    Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0409:005a NEC Corp. HighSpeed Hub
    Bus 001 Device 002: ID 0409:005a NEC Corp. HighSpeed Hub
    Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** hwinfo --netcard; # (filtered)
    07: PCI 11012.0: 0282 WLAN controller
      Model: "Belkin F5D7001 High-Speed Mode Wireless G Network Card"
      Vendor: pci 0x14e4 "Broadcom"
      Device: pci 0x4320 "BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller"
      SubVendor: pci 0x1799 "Belkin"
      SubDevice: pci 0x7001 "Belkin F5D7001 High-Speed Mode Wireless G Network Card"
      Driver: "b43-pci-bridge"
      Driver Modules: "ssb"
      Device File: wlan1
      Link detected: yes
        Driver Status: ssb is active
        Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe ssb"
    13: PCI 2200f.0: 0200 Ethernet controller
      Model: "Apple GMAC Ethernet Controller"
      Vendor: pci 0x106b "Apple Computer Inc."
      Device: pci 0x0021 "GMAC Ethernet Controller"
      Driver: "gem"
      Driver Modules: "sungem"
      Device File: eth0
      Link detected: no
        Driver Status: sungem is active
        Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe sungem"
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** lsmod
    | af_packet               | agpgart                 | arc4                    | b43                      |
    | binfmt_misc             | cdrom                   | cfg80211                | crc_t10dif               |
    | crypto_blkcipher        | dm_mod                  | ecb                     | fuse                     |
    | ide_cd_mod              | ieee1394                | iptable_filter          | ip_tables                |
    | ipv6                    | joydev                  | loop                    | mac80211                 |
    | ohci1394                | pcmcia                  | pcmcia_core             | rfkill                   |
    | rfkill_input            | scsi_mod                | sd_mod                  | sg                       |
    | snd                     | snd_aoa_i2sbus          | snd_aoa_soundbus        | snd_mixer_oss            |
    | snd_page_alloc          | snd_pcm                 | snd_pcm_oss             | snd_powermac             |
    | snd_seq                 | snd_seq_device          | snd_timer               | soundcore                |
    | ssb                     | sungem                  | sungem_phy              | uinput                   |
    | uninorth_agp            | usb_storage             | x_tables                |
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** cat /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-[earwd]* | egrep -v ".*=''"
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** cat /etc/sysconfig/network/ifcfg-wlan1
    BOOTPROTO='dhcp'
    MTU='1500'
    NAME='BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller'
    STARTMODE='auto'
    USERCONTROL='yes'
    WIRELESS_AP='##:##:##:##:##:#3'
    WIRELESS_AUTH_MODE='psk'
    WIRELESS_BITRATE='auto'
    WIRELESS_DEFAULT_KEY='@@@@@@'
    WIRELESS_ESSID='߬߬߬߬߬߬߬1'
    WIRELESS_KEY_LENGTH='@@@@@@'
    WIRELESS_MODE='Managed'
    WIRELESS_POWER='yes'
    WIRELESS_WPA_PSK='@@@@@@'
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** iwconfig
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    wmaster0  no wireless extensions.
    wlan1     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:"߬߬߬߬߬߬߬1"  
              Mode:Managed  Frequency:2.437 GHz  Access Point: Not-Associated   
              Tx-Power=27 dBm   
              Retry min limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr=2352 B   
              Encryption key:off
              Power Management: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
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** Actual date for bias of following greps
    04:37:39 2008-12-11
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** grep -i radio /var/log/boot.msg | tail -n 5
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** dmesg | grep -i radio | tail -n 5
    Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** tail -n 300 /var/log/messages* | /usr/bin/grep -i firmware | tail -n 5
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** ls /lib/firmware
    | 2.6.27.7-9-default      | b43                     |
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** ndiswrapper -l
    No ndiswrapper module loaded
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** Active processes
    wpa_supplicant:YES knetworkmanager:NO nm-applet:NO
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** grep NETWORKMANAGER /etc/sysconfig/network/config
    NETWORKMANAGER="no"
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** grep -i persistent /etc/sysconfig/network/config
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** grep 'eth|ath|wlan|ra' /etc/udev/rules.d/*net_persistent* /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net
    /usr/bin/egrep: /etc/udev/rules.d/*net_persistent*: No such file or directory
    /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules:SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="##:##:##:##:##:#2", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="wlan*", NAME="wlan1"
    /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules:SUBSYSTEM=="net", ACTION=="add", DRIVERS=="?*", ATTR{address}=="##:##:##:##:##:#1", ATTR{type}=="1", KERNEL=="eth*", NAME="eth0"
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** grep -r 'eth[0-10]|ath[0-10]|wlan[0-10]|ra[0-10]' /etc/modprobe.*
    /etc/modprobe.conf:install eth0             /bin/true
    /etc/modprobe.conf:install eth1             /bin/true
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** iwlist scanning
                        ESSID:"߬߬߬߬߬߬߬1"
                        Channel:6
                        Quality=58/100  Signal level:-69 dBm  Noise level=-63 dBm
                        Encryption key:on
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                        ESSID:"߬߬߬߬߬߬߬2"
                        Channel:9
                        Quality=48/100  Signal level:-77 dBm  Noise level=-63 dBm
                        Encryption key:off
    ==================================================================================================================
    *** NWEliza states
    IF:eth0  IM:1
    IF:wlan1  IM:2
    DI:2 dI:1 NIC:1 cNiC:2:1 NI:2 cNI:2 NIW:wlan1-0 DHCP:2 CM:0 IP6:1 KM:0 WLW: 0 AP:1

  8. #8

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    *Erm*

    Your card is working.

    Check your setup and also read the suggestions for troubleshooting made by the script.

    Code:
    !!! CND0120E: Network card wlan1 has no IP address
    !!! CND0300E: No dhcp server found on interface wlan1
    !!! CND0230W: IPV6 enabled
    !!! CND0310W: Classic network configuration with ifup was detected. Configuration with knetworkmanager is much easier
    --- Go to http://www.linux-tips-and-tricks.de/CND#English to get more detailed instructions about the error/warning messages and how to fix the problems

  9. #9
    yoocontolk NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    I started up knetworkmanager, because of the suggestion in the bug fixes. It scans and finds my network but does not connect. I think for some reason the DHCP isn't leasing out an ip.

  10. #10

    Default Re: Wireless on ppc

    - Check your router settings (DHCP, MAC-address filter etc.).

    - Consider using static IP addresses instead

    - Don't use mixed WPA/WPA2 settings in your router (confuses NWM sometimes)

    - Don't "hide" the ESSID (does not improve security at all and often causes trouble)

    - Consider (more "cosmetical") to rename your device to wlan0 again (see content of /etc/udev/rules.d/70-persistent-net.rules)

    And reusing the script after every change is also a good idea.

    Deactivated ipv6 already? (If not, then reread the script's output and suggestions).

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