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    Default Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    Hi.

    My dad has an old Acer Travelmate 5310 with a broken Windows Vista that I'm trying to resurrect by installing openSUSE 13.1 and Xfce. The installation itself went fine but I'm having problems with getting wireless to work. Wired networking works fine but when I disconnect the wired network nothing happens.

    I have tried to configure wireless networking in the Xfce network widget but it doesn't make any difference, wireless networking is not enabled.

    I've added some information below. I fail to see what's wrong. Any ideas?

    Regards, Micke.

    Code:
    adastra:~ # lspci | grep WLAN
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
    
    adastra:~ # lspci -vv -s 03:00.0
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
        Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Device 0422
        Control: I/O+ Mem+ BusMaster+ SpecCycle- MemWINV- VGASnoop- ParErr- Stepping- SERR+ FastB2B- DisINTx-
        Status: Cap+ 66MHz- UDF- FastB2B- ParErr- DEVSEL=fast >TAbort- <TAbort- <MAbort- >SERR- <PERR- INTx-
        Latency: 0, Cache Line Size: 64 bytes
        Interrupt: pin A routed to IRQ 17
        Region 0: Memory at d8000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
            Flags: PMEClk- DSI- D1+ D2+ AuxCurrent=375mA PME(D0-,D1-,D2-,D3hot-,D3cold-)
            Status: D0 NoSoftRst- PME-Enable- DSel=0 DScale=2 PME-
        Capabilities: [58] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
            Address: 00000000  Data: 0000
        Capabilities: [d0] Express (v1) Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
            DevCap:    MaxPayload 128 bytes, PhantFunc 0, Latency L0s <4us, L1 unlimited
                ExtTag+ AttnBtn- AttnInd- PwrInd- RBE- FLReset-
            DevCtl:    Report errors: Correctable- Non-Fatal- Fatal- Unsupported-
                RlxdOrd- ExtTag- PhantFunc- AuxPwr- NoSnoop-
                MaxPayload 128 bytes, MaxReadReq 128 bytes
            DevSta:    CorrErr- UncorrErr+ FatalErr- UnsuppReq+ AuxPwr+ TransPend-
            LnkCap:    Port #0, Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, ASPM L0s, Latency L0 <4us, L1 <64us
                ClockPM- Surprise- LLActRep- BwNot-
            LnkCtl:    ASPM Disabled; RCB 64 bytes Disabled- Retrain- CommClk+
                ExtSynch- ClockPM- AutWidDis- BWInt- AutBWInt-
            LnkSta:    Speed 2.5GT/s, Width x1, TrErr- Train- SlotClk+ DLActive- BWMgmt- ABWMgmt-
        Capabilities: [100 v1] Advanced Error Reporting
            UESta:    DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq+ ACSViol-
            UEMsk:    DLP- SDES- TLP- FCP- CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF- MalfTLP- ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
            UESvrt:    DLP+ SDES- TLP- FCP+ CmpltTO- CmpltAbrt- UnxCmplt- RxOF+ MalfTLP+ ECRC- UnsupReq- ACSViol-
            CESta:    RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr-
            CEMsk:    RxErr- BadTLP- BadDLLP- Rollover- Timeout- NonFatalErr-
            AERCap:    First Error Pointer: 14, GenCap+ CGenEn- ChkCap+ ChkEn-
        Capabilities: [13c v1] Virtual Channel
            Caps:    LPEVC=0 RefClk=100ns PATEntryBits=1
            Arb:    Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128-
            Ctrl:    ArbSelect=Fixed
            Status:    InProgress-
            VC0:    Caps:    PATOffset=00 MaxTimeSlots=1 RejSnoopTrans-
                Arb:    Fixed- WRR32- WRR64- WRR128- TWRR128- WRR256-
                Ctrl:    Enable+ ID=0 ArbSelect=Fixed TC/VC=01
                Status:    NegoPending- InProgress-
        Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
        Kernel modules: ssb
    
    adastra:~ # rfkill list
    0: acer-wireless: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no

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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    Not sure why you are trying to configure anything. It used to work 'out of the box' on my even older Travelmate. I have just switched over to xfce on my current machine and NetworkManager shows all three of my neighbours wi-fi networks and would let me connect if I had the correct password.

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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    Install the "broadcom-wl" package from the Packman repository.
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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    Quote Originally Posted by Romanator View Post
    Install the "broadcom-wl" package from the Packman repository.
    I did this and it did not help. Network Manager still doesn't show me any wireless networks to connect to. Kernel driver and modules changed though as you can see below. I'd be grateful for some more input on this.

    Code:
    anders@adastra:~/Desktop> /sbin/lspci | grep WLAN
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
    anders@adastra:~/Desktop> /sbin/lspci -v -s 03:00.0
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
        Subsystem: AMBIT Microsystem Corp. Device 0422
        Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
        Memory at d8000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
        Capabilities: <access denied>
        Kernel driver in use: wl
        Kernel modules: ssb, wl

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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    There is another package that is also required from Packman. Install the b43 firmware package.
    Please refer to the link below for setup help. It's very informative.

    https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php...s#Introduction

    b43-firmware - Firmware files for Broadcom bcm43xx series based PCI/PCMCIA cards

    This package provides firmware files required by the b43 WiFi Linux driver

    A restart may be required.
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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    You do not need the broadcom-wl package at all. This hardware is supported by the open source driver.

    Make sure that the ssb and b43 drivers are not blacklisted and that the required firmware is installed.

    This thread may be useful:
    https://forums.opensuse.org/showthre...11-not-working

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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    Thanks deano_ferrari

    That's correct. If the broadcom-wl was used there is good chance that "ssb" and/or "b43" have been blacklisted.

    Although the b43-firmware package has been installed. You still must install the firmware while in konsole or xterm.
    After installing from konsole reboot the laptop.

    I've included another web link below for reference to openSUSE 13.1 and the Broadcom 4311 chip.

    http://opensuse-guide.org/wlan.php

    Important: Failure to unload ssb may result in the wireless interface not being created.

    To unload "ssb" if loaded
    Code:
    rmmod ssb
    Load the wl module
    Code:
    modprobe wl
    Use lsmod to see if "wl" has loaded lib80211. If not type:
    Code:
    modprobe lib80211
    Then check again with lsmod. That's it! Check the NetworkManager.
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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    No, you don't load the 'wl' module. It is supported by the open source driver.... and that is what requires the firmware too. (The proprietary driver does NOT require it, as it's built-in.

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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    Understood.
    Scratch my previous answer

    Only install b43-firmware or b43legacy-firmware.

    Note:
    4311 Dualband 0x14e4 0x4312 Dell 1490

    The closed source from Broadcom for his Dell is here: http://www.broadcom.com/support/802.11/linux_sta.php


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    Default Re: Wifi on a Acer Travelmate 5310 not working

    Correction

    My time ran out while editing. Although I mistakenly referred to the Dell 1490.
    The driver also covers the Acer Travelmate 5310. However, I prefer the open-source driver with firmware.

    To find the Device ID's of Broadcom cards on your machine:
    Code:
    # lspci -n | grep 14e4
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