April 17, 2009

WiFi on Debian?

Ubuntu did WIFI out of the box, but I can't get Debian to work. Machine is a Dell xps 1100, which has a Broadcom variation.

When I try to start up wifi radar it throws and error; "Failed to run /usr/sbin/wi-fi-radar as user root" would I need to remove sudo to get wifi? Sounds mad to me.... and coming from ubuntu I should know about sudo.... but like it says I remain a n00b my conversion to Linux is a slow one and I'm long in the tooth!

I have an atheros chipset, installed debian by ehternet conection and...

I have an atheros chipset, installed debian by ehternet conection and automatucally confugured my wireless card, I configured de IP, mask an so on but something is missing, the physical button won't show it turned on, what else do I need to check?

Run lspci and figure out which Broadcom chipset you have. The BCM4328 is not supported by anything other than the ndiswrapper hack the last time I checked.

This site has useful information on the Broadcom chipsets. It is not specific to Debian, but is useful. http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Broadcom_43xx

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Run lspci and figure out which Broadcom chipset you have. The BCM4328 is not...

Run lspci and figure out which Broadcom chipset you have. The BCM4328 is not supported by anything other than the ndiswrapper hack the last time I checked.

This site has useful information on the Broadcom chipsets. It is not specific to Debian, but is useful. http://en.gentoo-wiki.com/wiki/Broadcom_43xx

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According to the package description, fwcutter is a tool which can extract...

According to the package description, fwcutter is a tool which can extract firmware from various source files. It's written for BCM43xx driver files. The name of the package on Debian Sid is b43-fwcutter - Utility for extracting Broadcom 43xx firmware.

Install this package and it will grab the wireless firmware that you need.

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Debian does not include proprietary firmware and drivers, which includes all...

Debian does not include proprietary firmware and drivers, which includes all broadcom chips. In the case of most broadcom chips, the driver is included - it's called b43. What you're lacking is the firmware. You can find information on installing the firmware here: http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

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If you open up a terminal, try running sudo iwconfig. Chances are it will say...

If you open up a terminal, try running sudo iwconfig. Chances are it will say that the command can't be found, in which case you'll need to transfer these files to it (maybe via a USB stick):

http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/w/wireless-tools/wireless-tool...

http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/main/w/wireless-tools/libiw29_29-1....

Put those files in their own folder, and then in a terminal, run 'sudo dpkg -i *.deb'. That should help. If you get another error, or still the same one please reply. Hope I was of help.

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