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How to install Broadcom STA driver on Puppy 5
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dadeo


Joined: 24 Feb 2011
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Location: Springfield, Missouri

PostPosted: Thu 24 Feb 2011, 12:53    Post subject:    

Hi! Great board! Thanks for having me. Very Happy

I have a Dell Mini 910 with a Broadcom wifi (presuming it's in the 4312 group but stamped on card is - BCM94312MCG - unsure what the 9 signifies, if anything). The only Linux that saw and used it was an Ubuntu live disk - 8.xx, I think and don't know the kernel. So far, no luck with puppy but have only tried Lighthouse so far. But I know the card works, at least.

I have latest: 5.2 ready to go onto a 2G USB drive. I think it supports the driver needed for the mini, the one linked to above: BCM4213 802.11b/g, I think. I tried using the posted .pet with Lighthouse

Well, back to the threads.
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dadeo


Joined: 24 Feb 2011
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Location: Springfield, Missouri

PostPosted: Thu 24 Feb 2011, 18:44    Post subject:  It worked!!
Subject description: I have wifi now!
 

Posting this via wifi on the little Inspiron Mini. Cool

Thanks to the instructions in this and related threads and especially to piratesmack, edisonl and The.Scarecrow for a fine follow-up. Mr. Green
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mill0001

Joined: 01 Feb 2007
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Location: "People's Republik of Kalifornia"

PostPosted: Sat 05 Mar 2011, 04:03    Post subject:  

Hi piratesmack, using lupu-5.2 upgraded to luci252 on amd b-55 quad core @3.2 Ghz with 4 gigs ram. My card is a Netgear wn311b,chip is broadcom bcm43xg [14e4: 4329] (rev 01). The driver works but the network wizard reports the card as eth0 instead of wlan0. The connection comes up okay but drops after a few minutes, and then have to use wizard to set it up again. Any suggestions on how to correct this? ps: Installed Jemimah's Frisbee pet and that seems to hold the connection longer, but it's still dropping after a short while and have to reset it from setup dialogue again.
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rarsa


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PostPosted: Wed 09 Mar 2011, 23:12    Post subject:  

Thank you piratesmack!

This is what makes Linux in general and Puppy in particular great! People that take the time to scratch and itch and in the process, help other people.

I have this laptop where I wasn't using Puppy as much as I wanted. The reason? this wacky wireless chipset.

I tried to compile it long ago, but I didn't have enough time to play, after that, I just gave up to do some other things.

Today I decided to find if someone else had luck with it, and found your post.

I'll be booting up Puppy on this laptop much more frequently.

Thanks again.

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piratesmack


Joined: 16 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Sat 26 Mar 2011, 05:53    Post subject:  

Thanks for the feedback, everybody. I'm glad you have found this helpful.

For anybody interested, here is a small (about 3.4MB) Xdelta patch you can apply to the original lupu-520.iso to add support for Broadcom STA.

After applying the delta patch, your wifi should "just work".
Tested on my Dell mini with a bcm4312 (14e4:4315)

Download (md5sums)

For any devs interested, here is what I changed

This is similar to what jrb and tempestuous did for Puppy 4.3.1:
http://www.murga-linux.com/puppy/viewtopic.php?t=50570

edit: *DOWNLOADS UPDATED*
(I forgot to append the ID string to lupu_520.sfs and run depmod in the initrd)

@mill0001:
Sorry for the late reply.

Can you check for me if ssb is loaded? (that might be making your wifi disconnect)
Code:

lsmod | grep ssb


If ssb is refusing to unload, try the delta patch above. It patches ssb to not conflict with the Broadcom STA driver.
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davids45


Joined: 26 Nov 2006
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Location: Chatswood, NSW

PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar 2011, 07:19    Post subject:  

G'day piratesmack,

Thank you for the delta for Lupu-5.20. I have just made the modified .iso into a Windows executable (via the Puppy Windows Installer) and installed this onto my new Samsung laptop with its Broadcom wireless chip. Now with 5.20, I can find my home wireless network.

The Samsung previously had resisted my efforts to get a Puppy to find the Broadcom wireless module, let alone connect, leaving me only with Windows 7 as a means of wireless connectivity. So a pretty restricted, if not useless new computer.

Now encouraged by your delta, I'll try harder to get the other Windows-installed Pups on this Samsung to use the STA driver you've made available in several .pet versions.

Again, many thanks.

David S.
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piratesmack


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PostPosted: Sun 27 Mar 2011, 17:51    Post subject:  

davids45, thanks for testing.

If requested, I can create delta files for other Puppies.
I'll probably create some for the upcoming Quirky 1.5 and Puppy 5.2.1 releases, since I'll be using those.
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zamah

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PostPosted: Fri 08 Apr 2011, 03:48    Post subject: broadcom_sta driver in lupu 5.25 on HP mini 2140
Subject description: wifi works but internet does not
 

Hi Piratesmack!

Thanks for all your posts concerning Broadcom wireless driver. I really loved all your endeavours to have it functioned.

I am completely new user of Puppy Linux although I have been using
UBUNTU for more that a year. I tried many distros and eventually found
Puppy which impressed me a lot.

I downloaded 5.25 and after installing it to my HP 2140 mini faced a
problem with setting Wi-Fi up.

Searching the net I came across your detailed How-To and appreciated it
so much. I managed to install 'broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-i486.pet' by
following this instruction:

Instructions:
1) Install package
2) Blacklist b43/ssb
3) Restart computer

After that I got eth1 visible.

The eth1 is now active and finds all Wi-Fi nets around me. I use Ad-Hoc
at home between host computer (UBUNTU lucid) and my laptop with the
same OS which has been working perfectly for many months. The net uses
WEP encryption and automatic DHCP so I just pick right net from the air
by my netbook and enter WEP key to let it work immediately.

However, after loading Puppy on my HP2140 from the flash drive and
setting wireless up web browser doe not connect to any hosts. Network
indicator also does not show any activity.

Also what made me surprised the following commands return warnings

modprobe -r wl
modprobe wl

I see something like:

"WARNING: Deprecating config .... /etc/modepr..." (I do not remember the message exactly)

By the way I created and burned ISO 'lupu-525_bcmwlmod.iso'. I also
tried to install lupu-511, but every time Wi-Fi did not work although
it was visible in the list of available nets at my place.

I would appreciate your assistance so much in finding solution.
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piratesmack


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PostPosted: Sat 09 Apr 2011, 07:26    Post subject: Re: broadcom_sta driver in lupu 5.25 on HP mini 2140
Subject description: wifi works but internet does not
 

Hi zamah,

The first thing I'd try is Frisbee network manager
A pet for lupu can be downloaded from here.

If that doesn't work, what is the output of the following command?
Code:

lspci -vnn | grep 14e4


That should tell me what broadcom device you have.
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zamah

Joined: 07 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Apr 2011, 04:25    Post subject:  

Hi Piratesmak!

Many thanks for your response.

1) The code
Code:
 lspci -vnn | grep 14e4

returns the following:

08:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4322 802.11a/b/g/n Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:432b] (rev 01)

2) I installed Frisbee network manager as you suggested. Great! It worked very well until first reboot. Then I could not extablish connection again although I saw my Wi-Fi Ad-Hoc net in the list.

I ran
Code:
rmmod ssb

It worked OK so that I understood that ssb module had been loaded although I blacklisted it. I guessed there was a conflict between ssb and wl. It was hard for me to find a way to black list it manually in some system files so I decided to use your lupu-525_bcmwlmod.iso to start from the very beginning.

I made the following:

a) Burned new booteble USB with patched ISO;
b) Made fresh system install;
c) Installed broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-i486.pet;
d) Installed Frisbee-beta-2-lucid52.pet;
f) Ran Frisbee, chose my Ad-Hoc, made new net profile, entered my password, saved new net profile.

That's all! Wi-Fi started working immediately. I worked few hours with no disconnection. Then I rebooted the laptop few times, but everytime Frisbee established workable connection right away after booting into the system. I confirm that this way the wireless works very well on my HP 2140 mini.

Once again, thank you Piratesmack for your accuracy and knowledge.
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piratesmack


Joined: 16 Sep 2009
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PostPosted: Mon 11 Apr 2011, 13:21    Post subject:  

Great! Glad it works now.

One thing, though. You don't need to install the broadcom_sta .pet with my patched iso.
It already has the driver built-in.
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zamah

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Apr 2011, 14:23    Post subject:  

Exactly!

I mentioned c) Installed broadcom_sta-5.6.48.36-i486.pet; in the list by mistake. I did not do that in fact...
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SimpleWater

Joined: 19 Apr 2011
Posts: 95

PostPosted: Wed 27 Apr 2011, 00:27    Post subject:  

You fixed my wifi troubles, but i could not have done this without the.scarecrow's step by step instructions. Many thanks to both
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john3voltas

Joined: 23 May 2011
Posts: 102

PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2011, 09:16    Post subject:  

Greetings.
I have an Asus 1015PEM netbook computer that needs this driver.
I have it installed under Puppy 5.2.5 and it's working great (installed via PET) even without blacklisting b43.
My question is: can I use this PET package in Puppeee 4.3?
I'd say I can't, right? Probably because kernel version is not the same.
Just making sure, because I ain't an experienced Linux user Wink.
Cheers
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rjbrewer


Joined: 22 Jan 2008
Posts: 4422
Location: merriam, kansas

PostPosted: Mon 23 May 2011, 10:44    Post subject:  

john3voltas wrote:
Greetings.
I have an Asus 1015PEM netbook computer that needs this driver.
I have it installed under Puppy 5.2.5 and it's working great (installed via PET) even without blacklisting b43.
My question is: can I use this PET package in Puppeee 4.3?
I'd say I can't, right? Probably because kernel version is not the same.
Just making sure, because I ain't an experienced Linux user Wink.
Cheers


Try Puppeee and see if it works; it is designed for eee netbooks
after all.

Different kernels may, or may not be a guide to wireless connectivity.

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