HP 2133 / SLED 10 / Broadcom Wireless Problem - Full Info

Hello,

I have recently purchased a HP Netbook 2133 with SLED 10 installed. Overall I love Linux but just cant get the Wireless working!!

Hsave had a look around and this site seems to be the best to post on to get the problem resolved!

My Netbook picks up the signal etc… I go to connect and enter my WEP key and it goes off, does something (the little logo changes from not connected to half connected) then it comes back and asks me for the WEP Key again.

Anywsay, from the sticky I got the following information, please see below:

Stage 1

02:00.0 Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4310 USB Controller (rev 01)
07:03.0 Ethernet Controller: Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet (rev 03)

Stage 2

02:00.0 Class 0280: 14e4:4315 (rev 01)
07:03.0 Class 0200: 14e4:169c (rev 03)

Stage 3 (looks like I have the right firmware, but a driver issue?)

eth(): Broadcom BCM4315 802.11 Wireless Controller 4.170.76.0
usb 3-1: Product: HP Integrated Module
usb 3-1: Manufacturer: Broadcom Corp
usb 3-1: configuration #1 chosen from 1 choice
eth1 renamed to eth()
ethxx() (WE) : Driver using old /proc/net/wireless support, please fix driver!

Stage 4

eth 1 IEE802.11-DS Access Point: Not Associated
Link Quality: 5 Signal Level: 0 Noise Level: 0
Rx invalid nwid:0 invalid crypt:0 invalid misc:0

eth() No wireless extensions

Stage 5

eth1 Scan Completed :
Cell 01 – Address: 00:11:F5:ED:66:70
ESSID: “BTVOYAGER2110-70”
Mode: Managed
Frequency: 2.422Ghz (Channel 3)
Quality: 5/5 Signal Level: -35dBm Noise Level:- 15dBm
Encryption Key: on
Bit Rates: snip.

Now do I have to use the ndiswrapper?

Is a WEP Key the same as a WEP Passphrase?

All help appreciated!

Thanks, waynestoyotamr2.

what does

dmesg | grep  b43

produce ?

Andy

Hi Andy,

It brings up the following:

bash: b43: command not found

Does this help?

Hi
The pipe command is in the wrong place :wink:


dmesg | grep b43


Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.1 x86 Kernel 2.6.27.7-9-default
up 6:22, 2 users, load average: 0.33, 0.19, 0.11
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 180.22

dmesg | grep b43

This just puts me on a new command line, without anything happening! Help!!!

Hi
That would probably indicate that no b43 firmware is installed, which
is probably what you need to do (I’m not the wireless expert here
lol). Have a read of the stickies and search the forum on b43 and
firmware. There are plenty of posts on what to do :slight_smile:


Cheers Malcolm °¿° (Linux Counter #276890)
openSUSE 11.1 x86 Kernel 2.6.27.7-9-default
up 10:24, 1 user, load average: 0.30, 0.26, 0.28
GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 180.22

Thanks for the help so far people!

Sadly, had no joy.

Tried the following to get the firmware installed, doesnt look like it is happening at at all:

sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

Brings up:

aynestoyotamr2@xxxxxxxx:~> sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
sudo: /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware: command not found

Any clues???

waynestoyotamr2 wrote:
> Thanks for the help so far people!
>
> Sadly, had no joy.
>
> Tried the following to get the firmware installed, doesnt look like it
> is happening at at all:
>
> sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
>
> Brings up:
>
> aynestoyotamr2@xxxxxxxx:~> sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
> sudo: /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware: command not found

Yes, that command is for openSUSE, not SLED.

In any case, as I have stated many times in this forum, a 4315 is
NOT supported by b43. You need to use ndiswrapper with the Windows
driver, or the Broadcom hybrid driver.

Larry

hi waynestoyotamr2

if larry points you towards ndiswrapper see if this thread is any use:

Ndiswrapper howto - openSUSE

as I think he would say, there is some homework here for you

pdc 2 wrote:
> hi waynestoyotamr2
>
> if larry points you towards ndiswrapper see if this thread is any use:
>
> ‘Ndiswrapper howto - openSUSE’
> (http://en.opensuse.org/Ndiswrapper_howto)
>
> as I think he would say, there is some homework here for you

Exactly.

Been messing with this for a week solid now - just cant get the ndiswrapper to work at all.

Windows here I come, sorry!

waynestoyotamcr, amigo solucionaste tu problema?

Hi, could you fix the problem. How?
I have your same problem, and I want to solve. (hp2133, SLED sp2).

Same here.

So far, I have a kludge in as both HP and Novell have been no help at all. Running SLED10, now 1 week old. Broke after the updates.

su
cd /lib/modules/2.6.16.54-0.2.5-default/kernel/drivers/net
insmod wl.ko

gets the wireless on again, until the next boot. Found this in one of the forums.

If you are running a different kernel/version, you need to find where the wl.ko file is :-

su
find / -name wl.ko

then change the lines above.

I have this in a shell script on the desktop, but it’s still a kludge and not very suited to normal users.

Obviously it is HP who should help (it is their machine!) not Novell, but that is not what HP told me.

Hope this helps someone else.

rogerggbr00 wrote:
> Same here.
>
> So far, I have a kludge in as both HP and Novell have been no help at
> all. Running SLED10, now 1 week old. Broke after the updates.
>
>
> su
> cd /lib/modules/2.6.16.54-0.2.5-default/kernel/drivers/net
> insmod wl.ko
>
> gets the wireless on again, until the next boot. Found this in one of
> the forums.
>
> If you are running a different kernel/version, you need to find where
> the wl.ko file is :-
>
> su
> find / -name wl.ko
>
> then change the lines above.
>
> I have this in a shell script on the desktop, but it’s still a kludge
> and not very suited to normal users.
>
> Obviously it is HP who should help (it is their machine!) not Novell,
> but that is not what HP told me.
>
> Hope this helps someone else.

Does the command ‘uname -r’ return “2.6.16.54-0.2.5-default”? If it is, does the
command ‘sudo /sbin/depmod -a’ help?

As long as the module is in the correct tree and the module dependencies are
set, it should load automatically without any kludge.

Larry

Larry,

uname -r returns a different folder - seems the updates have added new kernel versions.

I have copied the file wl.ko into the new folder, in the same place i.e. under ./kernel/drivers/net/

/sbin/depmod -a did not return any info, either before or after the file was moved. Hopefully that is good.

I will now shutdown and see what happens.

Many thanks for your help.

Roger G.

Larry,

Many, many thanks - it works. Such a simple thing to do, but without your help I would never have found it.

Do you know anything about 3g wireless dongles by any chance?

Just not recognised by this machine at all, but works fine on another running ubuntu.

Thanks again,

Roger G.

rogerggbr00 wrote:
> Larry,
>
> uname -r returns a different folder - seems the updates have added new
> kernel versions.
>
> I have copied the file wl.ko into the new folder, in the same place
> i.e. under ./kernel/drivers/net/
>
> /sbin/depmod -a did not return any info, either before or after the
> file was moved. Hopefully that is good.

That is good.

rogerggbr00 wrote:
> Larry,
>
> Many, many thanks - it works. Such a simple thing to do, but without
> your help I would never have found it.
>
> Do you know anything about 3g wireless dongles by any chance?
>
> Just not recognised by this machine at all, but works fine on another
> running ubuntu.

I don’t know anything about modems. It is possible that Ubuntu has either a
newer version of the kernel, or a newer version of NetworkManager that is making
the difference.

Solved.
Problem is SLED 10 having an older kernel, but there is a workaround to be found here:-
HUAWEI E220 HSDPA USB 3G MODEM in Linux
and also using kinternet instead of the network manager.
The monitor utility found on the same website can’t be easily installed, as SLED 10 does not come with a compiler as standard.