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Broadcom-STA "wl" wifi drivers
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Ed Howdershelt

Joined: 16 Apr 2011
Posts: 73
Location: Spring Hill, FL

PostPosted: Fri 03 Nov 2017, 01:00    Post subject: Dell XT3 and Broadcom BCM43228-my solution
Subject description: Battle with wireless hardware
 

Dell XT3 and Broadcom BCM43228-my solution
Battle with wireless hardware
Short story: I won, and I offer a possible quick and easy solution to all others fighting with proprietary cards like the BCM43228.

I'm a long-time user of Linux, not a total noob, and I'm not afraid of CLI stuff. I switched completely away from Windows to Mint in 2005 and Puppy's been my boot default since 2009 or so. I'm currently running Puppy Tahr on 4 lappies and a desktop in dual boots with Mint 18.2.

BUT... after a few hours of combing the net (and this forum in particular) for some reasonably simple way to make the XT3's wifi work, I got sick of trying to adjust and/or create drivers and just removed the BCM43228 card.

Having had no problems at all with wifi in a Dell 2110, a Toshiba Portege 750M, and a bunch of other older Dell lappies that have passed through my hands over the last few years, I went here:

https://www.parts-people.com/blog/2015/05/20/dell-latitude-xt3-wireless-wwan-card-removal-and-installation/
and matched up card numbers from lappies that hadn't had problems with Puppy or Mint.
One of their techs spent some time on the phone with me verifying my findings and I ended up buying one of these for ten bucks:

https://www.parts-people.com/index.php?action=item&id=9299 - a Dell Wireless 1501 Draft N Wireless WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n Half-Height Mini-PCI Express Card - #K5Y6D

When I booted up after swapping out the cards, both Linuxes found and loved the new card. Problem solved.

The next time I sell one of these lappies, it'll very likely go to a Windows user, so I can put the Broadcom card in it and be rid of it.

This note isn't meant to be a promo for my website or parts-people's, but it IS a recommendation to check out their database. Thorough infos and pictures and FREE to browse.

Hope this helps someone else get past a proprietary card,
Ed
Ed Howdershelt - Abintra Press
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http://abintrapress.com (blog)
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lisek


Joined: 14 Feb 2008
Posts: 80
Location: PL

PostPosted: Wed 08 Nov 2017, 16:18    Post subject:  

Hi!
Could someone guru wifi put drivers for broadcom 43142 into slako64 or tahr64 so I could try wifi connection in live session without installing puppy to hd.
Is it stupid question / petition?
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ozsouth

Joined: 01 Jan 2010
Posts: 256
Location: S.E Australia

PostPosted: Thu 09 Nov 2017, 00:42    Post subject:  

See previous page(14).

If you have Slacko64 6.9.9.9 kernel 4.9.30, you can load the wl driver from the link below, by downloading the .pet file & clicking on it in Rox-Filer.

http://murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=76495&start=198
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lisek


Joined: 14 Feb 2008
Posts: 80
Location: PL

PostPosted: Thu 09 Nov 2017, 13:46    Post subject:  

Where can I download Slacko64 6.9.9.9 with kernel 4.9.30?
Here is:
http://puppylinux.com/
Slackware64 14.1 64-bit Slacko64 Puppy 6.3.2

edit:
ok, got it already:)
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