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Broadcom BCM4352 troubles under Xenial PAE
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Flash858


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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 01:25    Post subject:  Broadcom BCM4352 troubles under Xenial PAE
Subject description: Silly wireless...!
 

Hi Folks - I just picked up a Dell E7250 off eBay for a STEAL ($200 with warranty until August, and ownership legitimately transferred to me by Dell - off lease machine that was OBVIOUSLY kept in a dock for a year as it is seriously brand new looking...).

I slapped an SSD into it, and it flies. Got Ubuntu running, but when I installed Xenial (latest 64 7.5 PAE), it REALLY flies, but the wi-fi is unrecognized. I saw a few threads, but could not find the exact driver, and Ndiswrapper is not working for me either.

Anyone know of a working driver out there for this card/build?

The exact card, as reported by lspci is:

Broadcom Limited BCM4352 802.11ac Wireless Network Adapter (rev 03)


Thanks in advance!

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 11:25    Post subject: Been here before  

Broadcom wifi adapters present a recurring problem under any version of Linux.

slyphy reported the same problem under the 'stock' Tahrpup and advised xorg problems following (I think) Mike Walsh's suggestion. But bigpup suggested using using Tahrpup 6.0.5 pae or nopae, providing links to broadcom driver pets for both versions. http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=114816

slyphy did not specify which HP computer was involved. Perhaps try Mike Walsh's suggestion. You may have better results. http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=1011703#1011703

By the way, there are very few applications that will run under Xenialpup that won't function under Tahrpup --sometimes it takes a little bit of hunting for libs. So, you'll loose very little if you have to follow bigpup's suggestion.

Someone who understands the advice given in the last post on this page may be able to translate it into commands Xenialpup understands: https://askubuntu.com/questions/590442/how-can-i-install-broadcom-wireless-adapter-bcm4352-802-11ac-pcid-14e443b1-r

For what its worth, 'Puppification' of the advice on the following page may hold a solution under radky's much appreciated dpup-stretch or peebee's solid upupbb; Bionic Beaver employing much of the base provided by debian stretch. https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/linux-wireless-networking-41/debian-broadcom-bcm4356-802-11ac-wireless-not-working-4175644801/

But if you were lucky, either upupbb or dpup-stretch may already provide the necessary Broadcom drivers and firmware OOTB.

Please report back both successes and failures. As I said, Broadcom wifi is a recurring problem. Knowing what works, and what doesn't, will help future Puppy users with problems similar to your own.
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 13:57    Post subject:  

Thanks Mike - I saw that thread, and that was what did not work for me unfortunately.

It works fine in Ubuntu out of the box.

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 15:46    Post subject:  

Hi again Flash858,

I frequently forget to mention the 'debian dogs'. These are not Puppies but rather 'pure' debian or ubuntu Live-CD systems configured to provide 'the look and feel' of Puppies, including their frugal installation, small size and resource demands, and use of SaveFolders.

The instructions provided in the links from my previous post regarding Ubuntu 18.04 would be applicable tor 'BionicDog', http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=989363#989363 and those from the link regarding debian 9, to a 'debiandog-stretch' created using fredx181's kit and instructions, http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?p=962752#962752 or rcrsn51's Debian-Stretch-Live Starter Kit, http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=112784.

Of course, if you only an operating system unable to access the internet you'd probably have a a 'catch 22' situation: the need to download the necessary files from the internet in order to download files from the internet. But, as you have a functioning Ubuntu Mate 18.04 and Xenial 7.5 64-bit [on a different computer?], you should be able to leap over the horns of that dilemma.
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 18:54    Post subject:  

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 19:07    Post subject:  

ozsouth wrote:
@ Flash858 - your tag says you're running xenial65 7.5 so
you could try this .pet (64bit only) - install via Filer:
https://archive.org/download/Puppy_Linux_Skami_Driver_Repo/broadcom_sta-6.30.223.271_k4.9.58_amd64.pet


There is a forum bug that blanks out a message if you have a space, return or other symbol in a url. Fixed it for you.
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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 21:35    Post subject:  

Any chance this laptop has a off/on switch for WIFI?
Puppy does not control this. It will not turn WIFI on if it is turned off.
Quote:
Find the wireless switch, located on the right side of the laptop and positioned next to the audio connectors, universal serial bus port or infrared sensor. Slide the switch into "On" position to enable wireless communication on the Dell Latitude.


In a console
Code:
rfkill list all

Should tell you if wlan is hard blocked.
You want it to say no.

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 22:32    Post subject:  

No wireless switch on this model, just the keyboard combo, which has no effect in Puppy. Interestingly, the wi-fi light is on, and I am posting this running off of a live boot of Bionic dog, and still no wi-fi.

Running rfkill list all gives me all no's, and another odd/interesting fact is that all puppies (I have tried 5 or 6 so far) do see the 4G LTE chip.

I just cannot buy a Wi-Fi driver...sigh...

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 22:50    Post subject:  

Thanks ozsouth and Dancytron!

I am now happily posting this in XenialPup on wi-fi!

Where did you get that driver? Did you compile it?

Thanks again!!!

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PostPosted: Mon 04 Feb 2019, 23:08    Post subject:  

You're welcome, Flash. wl drivers are kernel-specific & I've compiled several, but not this one - I suggested it for simplicity - mine are a manual install.
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