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Old 20th March 2012, 05:56 PM
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Wireless network not recognized

I put F12 on my HP netbook for a Fedora class in school. Since then, I have been having issues left and right. My wireless drivers are pretty much non-existent. The computer came with windows, and the wireless worked fine on that. Anyone have any ideas that would help? Anything would be greatly appreciated. To make life easier, here is what I got when I put in /sbin/lspci:

[Mike@Mikes ~]$ /sbin/lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Pineview DMI Bridge
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Tigerpoint LPC Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GR/GH (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4727 (rev 01)
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)

I think that is what I am supposed to be looking at, but not 100% at what I am looking for. Thanks. If no one wants to answer on here, you can also email me at pbrown4life@gmail.com. Thanks

Patrick
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Old 20th March 2012, 07:23 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Moved to EOL (End Of Life) Versions.

There are many threads in the forum about broadcom drivers.
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Old 20th March 2012, 09:03 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Hello pbrownusmc

The broadcom 4727, which is what your wireless is identified as, is a little bit unusual. It looks like it "may" be a 4313 in disguise.

Could you run:

Code:
lspci -vnn
and paste back the part relating to the wireless.

Depending on what you paste back we might be able to find the things you need to get it working.

Is there a particular reason you are staying with F12? It would probably be easier with a current version of Fedora like F15 or preferably F16.
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Old 21st March 2012, 12:00 AM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Here is what it says for the network and the ethernet controllers:

01:00.0 Network controller [0280] : Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4727] (rev 01)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:145c]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 11
Memory at 55000000 (64-bit, non-perfectable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied>

03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200] : Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller [10ec:8136] (rev 05)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:1584]
Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latnecy 0, IRQ 29
I/O ports at 1000 [size=256]
Memory at 52004000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=4K]
Memory at 52000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=16K]
Capabilities: <access denied
Kernel driver in use: r8169
Kernel modules: r8169


The reason I am using F12 is because that is the disk that they gave us for class... They aren't the most up to date. I was going to try and get an ISO for F16 and put it on an external drive and put it on that way, but the last time I tried, it automatically saved to the desktop and wouldn't let me put it on the hard drive saying that it wasn't readable. It is only a small netbook, I have a desktop that I am on now, so I only need this for class. Thanks in advance for any input.

Patrick
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Old 21st March 2012, 12:20 AM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Hello pbrownusmc

Looking at this identifier:

Quote:
[14e4:4727]
on the Arch Wiki (a good source of information) tells me that this chipset should work with the broadcom-wl driver.

That driver is ready prepared in the rpmfusion repositories for Fedora. I think at least some of the rpmfusion repositories are still around for F12 and if so then these instructions which were written in the time of F12 should work.

Quote:
To install the broadcom-wl rpm's from rpmfusion you need to know which kernel you are running.

Code:
uname -a
from a terminal will tell you that. My machine reports:

2.6.30.9-96.fc11.i686.PAE

Install the rpmfusion repository where drivers and programs that don't make it into the full Fedora distribution are made available.

In a terminal:

Code:
su -
The space and the minus sign are important. Without them you do not get full root control of your machine.

Then use the command:

Code:
rpm -Uvh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/rpmfusion-free-release-stable.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-stable.noarch.rpm
With the repositories safely installed, use the command:

Code:
yum install kmod-wl-PAE
if the first command found a PAE kernel, if you do not have a PAE kernel use the command:

Code:
yum install kmod-wl
It should offer to install three files:

Quote:
kmod-wl-PAE-5.10.91.9.3-3.fc12.6.i686.rpm
kmod-wl-2.6.31.5-127.fc12.i686.PAE-5.10.91.9.3-3.fc12.6.i686.rpm
broadcom-wl-5.10.91.9.3-1.fc12.noarch.rpm
Those three if you specified the PAE kernel, the i586 version otherwise.

If it doesn't offer you the correct files cancel the installation and we'll think again.

That should get broadcom-wl installed.

At that stage, NetworkManager in the notification area of the panel to the left of the clock "may" begin to identify wireless networks when you left click on it.

If not, then in the same terminal window as you used above run:

Code:
service NetworkManager restart
They assume you have a wired connection to the netbook and that the repositories are findable.

If it doesn't work, post back and we'll think again. I've also got some notes about how to do it if you haven't got a wired connection to the netbook. Post back if you need them.

In any event, post back if you have questions.

By the way, the quotes above assume a 32bit install, translate version numbers if you have 64bit.
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Old 21st March 2012, 05:28 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

This is what came up:

warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.lQ6cJ7: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 signature: NOKEY, key ID 865cc9ea
warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.IXXbLb: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 signature: NOKEY, key ID f09d8368
error: Failed dependencies:
system-release >= 14 is needed by rpmfusion-free-release-14-2.noarch
system-release >= 14 is needed by rpmfusion-nonfree-release-14-2.noarch

I'm not sure what that means. Do I need to try and upgrade to F14 or F16 for it to work?
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Old 21st March 2012, 07:26 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Hello pbrownusmc

It means that although the F12 rpmfusion repositories are around, the easy way of installing them is not.

We could get the parts you need manually and install them, but without the rpmfusion repositories in place, as soon as you applied updates to the system it would stop working again.

As I said earlier, F15 or F16 would be easier to manage but that's a choice you have to make.

Give me half an hour while I think about setting up F12 rpmfusion.

Probably, if we do, you'll need to save text files as root. Are you OK doing that?

---------- Post added at 05:26 PM ---------- Previous post was at 04:24 PM ----------

Of course, there's another factor to take into account here.

The version of the broadcom-wl driver that is readily available for F12 is now getting on for two years old. If your netbook/wireless card is younger than that then the driver may not actually support your card.

The driver is one of those things that broadcom update regularly. The newer versions won't automatically become available for F12.
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Old 21st March 2012, 07:58 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

And once again, since so few will bother to use the forum search function...
Code:
rpm -ivh http://download1.rpmfusion.org/free/fedora/releases/12/Everything/i386/os/rpmfusion-free-release-12-1.noarch.rpm http://download1.rpmfusion.org/nonfree/fedora/releases/12/Everything/i386/os/rpmfusion-nonfree-release-12-1.noarch.rpm


---------- Post added at 01:58 PM ---------- Previous post was at 01:46 PM ----------

Then have a look at the instructions in this post to enable the F12 archived repo's.
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Old 21st March 2012, 09:28 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

bbfuller,

Yeah, I would be fine with saving text files as root. And I was going through some packages, I installed some and redid what you were saying eariler, and this is what came out of it:

warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.VqTCfq: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 signature: NOKEY, key ID 16ca1a56
warning: /var/tmp/rpm-tmp.Hkuoba: Header V3 RSA/SHA256 signature: NOKEY, key ID a3a882c1
Preparing... ########################################### [100%]
1:rpmfusion-free-release ########################################### [ 50%]
2:rpmfusion-nonfree-relea########################################### [100%]

Now I don't know if this means that it is working. I am plugged in to my home router now that's the only way I am able to be on with my netbook.

---------- Post added at 03:28 PM ---------- Previous post was at 03:16 PM ----------

Good news, I figured I would try running the yum install just to see if it would work. Along with everything else it showed, it ended with:

Installed:
kmod-wl-PAE.i686 0:5.60.48.36-1.fc12.18

Dependency Installed:
broadcom-wl.noarch 0:5.60.48.36-1.fc12
kernel-PAE.i686 0:2.6.32.26-175.fc12
kmod-wl-2.6.32.26-175.fc12.i686.PAE.i686 0:5.60.48.36-1.fc12.18
xorg-x11-drv-ati-firmware.i686 0:6.13.0-0.21.20100219gite68d3a389.fc12

Dependency Updated:
kernel-firmware.noarch 0:2.6.32.26-175.fc12

Complete!
After that, I restarted the Network Manager. I unplugged my ethernet cable and was still unable to connect to or even search for a wireless connection.
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Old 21st March 2012, 10:03 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Did you reboot into the new kernel after doing all that yum installing, and with the Ethernet cable unplugged?
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Old 22nd March 2012, 12:42 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Hello pbrownusmc

I think we need to check a couple of things here.

I see that you have installed the "PAE" version of the kmod-wl. But that the PAE kernel was installed as a dependency.

Did you check which kernel you were running before you did that install?

If you are not running the PAE kernel, the PAE kmod won't work.

Try:

Code:
uname -r
as a quick check on which kernel you are running. If it is a PAE kernel, try:

Code:
lspci -k
That will tell us about your hardware, but it will also tell us which kernel modules are claiming what hardware.
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Old 22nd March 2012, 10:13 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

After I put that into the terminal, this is what came up:

2.6.32.26-175.fc12.i686.PAE,

then, after I put in lspci -k, i got:

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Pineview DMI Bridge
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: i915
Kernel modules: i915
00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation Pineview Integrated Graphics Controller
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
Kernel modules: snd-hda-intel
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:1c.2 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 3 (rev 02)
Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 4 (rev 02)
Kernel driver in use: pcieport
00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Tigerpoint LPC Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 82801GR/GH (ICH7 Family) SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: ahci
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev 02)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: i801_smbus
Kernel modules: i2c-i801
01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4727 (rev 01)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 145c
Kernel driver in use: wl
Kernel modules: wl
03:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 05)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1584
Kernel driver in use: r8169
Kernel modules: r8169

I don't know if you needed all that or just the last few lines. but there it is,
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Old 22nd March 2012, 10:24 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Hello pbrownusmc

That's the bit we needed:

Quote:
01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 4727 (rev 01)
Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 145c
Kernel driver in use: wl
Kernel modules: wl
It tells us that the wl driver at least recognises the card and is loading. The mystery now is, why are you not seeing wireless networks.

Does:

Code:
iwconfig
from the command line show that it is creating a wireless interface. We are probably looking for a "wlan0" designation.
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Old 23rd March 2012, 02:30 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

There is no wlan0 that comes up. It is:

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

eth1 IEEE 802.11 Nickname:""
Access Point: Not-Associated
Link Quality:5 Signal level:0 Noise level:167
Rx invalid nwid:0 invalid crypt:0 invalid misc:0
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Old 23rd March 2012, 08:25 PM
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Re: Wireless network not recognized

Hello pbrownusmc

Checking the F16 machine that I have, that gives an "eth" designation to the wireless device controlled by the broadcom-wl driver.

So far so good.

Let's now try, from a terminal:

Code:
su
and give your root password when prompted, and then:

Code:
iwlist eth1 scan
and see if the device can see any access points.
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