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joejohnston3:
Hello All,

I have read several posts in this forum regarding Broadcom issues but nothing seems to work. I have added the broadcom drivers though Install/Remove programs and now even the wireless light does not show. Prior to that install I would get a wireless light but it would not show my home wireless and only listed a couple in our area. I presumed it was a Broadcom issue and have been trying to update the drivers in hopes it would fix my issue. Below is my output for my cards as I am presently using an AirLink to post this and get WiFi temporarily.

lspci | grep -i wireless
06:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

Am I supposed to take further action after installing the broadcom drivers via Synaptic, i.e. terminal commands and such or should it detect my hardware after install?

I am bewildered and really want a solution if possible. Thank you for the help.

gold_finger:
Post back output of this terminal command please:


--- Code: ---lspci -vnn -d 14e4:
--- End code ---


Also, let us know which driver you installed with Synaptic (the "Install/Remove Programs" menu item).

joejohnston3:
Thank you for the input and here is the requested info:

06:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)
   Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:1355]
   Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 21
   Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
   Kernel driver in use: wl
   Kernel modules: wl, ssb

Synaptic installed software:

bcmwl-kernel-source
broadcom-sta-common
broadcom-sta-source
b43-fwcutter
firmware-b43-installer

That should be it! Thank you.

gold_finger:
Okay, according to this site you need the b43 driver and not the others.

*  So, connect with an ethernet cable first.
*  Open Synaptic and mark ALL of the Broadcom drivers you have now for complete removal.
*  Just to be sure you start fresh, reboot the computer.
*  Open Synaptic and mark the package "b43-fwcutter" for installation.
*  If it tells you it needs to install anything else along with it, go ahead and accept that.
*  After install is complete, close Synaptic and click the networking icon on panel to see if wireless choices are working.
*  You may have to reboot computer first before wireless is activated properly.  Not sure, but if doesn't immediately work, then reboot.

Hopefully that solves the problem.

joejohnston3:
Thanks for the info. I followed your directions but the wireless does not light up and show any wireless in the network icon. Is there more required than just the b43-fwcutter? Here is the description from Synaptic:

fwcutter is a tool which can extract firmware from various source files.
It's written for BCM43xx driver files.
It grabs firmware for BCM43xx from website and install it.

I am wondering if I need the drivers and then use this utility to add them.

One quick note, the laptop is a Compaq Presario V5000.

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