Can't connect to wifi (Broadcom Limited BCM4312) that worked with Antix 16

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  • #10888
    Anonymous

      Hi,
      I bought a used HP Mini 2133 because it was cheap and I needed a Mini laptop.
      I already downloaded some light distributions for an other old computer.
      So, I tested a few distributions with the MIni HP and the only one with the wifi working was the Antix. It was the version 16, so, I downloaded the last version and …the wifi didn’t work anymore with the 17.1 version.
      I tried a lot of things but nothing worked, so, I ask for your help.
      So, here are some information:

      $ inxi -F
      System:    Host: [a host name] Kernel: 4.9.87-antix.1-486-smp i686 bits: 32 Desktop: IceWM 1.4.2
                 Distro: antiX-17.1_386-full Heather Heyer 17 March 2018
      Machine:   Device: laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP 2133 v: F.05 serial: N/A
                 Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 3030 v: KBC Version 07.17 serial: N/A
                 BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: 68VGU Ver. F.05 date: 08/20/2008
      Battery    BAT1: charge: 2.2 Wh 97.9% condition: 2.2/2.5 Wh (88%)
      CPU:       Single core VIA C7-M (-UP-) cache: 128 KB speed: 1600 MHz (max)
      Graphics:  Card: VIA CN896/VN896/P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC]
                 Display Server: X.Org 1.19.2 drivers: openchrome (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
                 Resolution: 1024x768@75.03hz
                 OpenGL: renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.9, 128 bits) version: 3.3 Mesa 13.0.6
      Audio:     Card VIA VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller driver: snd_hda_intel Sound: ALSA v: k4.9.87-antix.1-486-smp
      Network:   Card-1: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY
                 IF: N/A state: N/A mac: N/A
                 Card-2: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet driver: tg3
                 IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:22:64:7d:54:f1
      Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (1.6% used)
                 ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320320AS size: 320.1GB
      Partition: ID-1: / size: 291G used: 2.8G (2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
                 ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
      Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 65.0C mobo: N/A
                 Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
      Info:      Processes: 142 Uptime: 1:01 Memory: 448.9/1762.2MB Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2

      Note that the screen definition is the one of an external screen that I use for configuring the laptop.

      $ ifconfig
      eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
              inet 192.168.0.3  netmask 255.255.255.0  broadcast 192.168.0.255
              inet6 [some IPV6]  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
              inet6 [some IPV6]  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x0<global>
              ether 00:22:64:7d:54:f1  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
              RX packets 4967  bytes 4509664 (4.3 MiB)
              RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
              TX packets 2229  bytes 338780 (330.8 KiB)
              TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
              device interrupt 16  
      lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
              inet 127.0.0.1  netmask 255.0.0.0
              inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
              loop  txqueuelen 1  (Boucle locale)
              RX packets 230  bytes 16660 (16.2 KiB)
              RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
              TX packets 230  bytes 16660 (16.2 KiB)
              TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

      No wlan0…

      lspci -nn | grep 14e4
      02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev ff)
      07:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet [14e4:169c] (rev 03)

      That is very close to Buttcoffee from the old forum (is he here)?

      lspci -vnn -d 14e4:
      02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev ff) (prog-if ff)
      	!!! Unknown header type 7f
      	Kernel modules: ssb, wl
      07:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet [14e4:169c] (rev 03)
      	Subsystem: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet [14e4:969c]
      	Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
      	Memory at feaf0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) 
      	Expansion ROM at <ignored> [disabled]
      	Capabilities: <access denied>
      	Kernel driver in use: tg3
      	Kernel modules: tg3

      I don’t know why but yesterday, I could work with wlan0 in ceni, but after reinstalling the system (thinking I might have done wrong things), today,there nothing, nor in ceni, nor with ifconfig as you saw before.
      I didn’t do much today, I just tried to blacklist wl and un-blacklist b43 in the network resolution problem (Broadcom manager) but it didn’t changed anything, so, I blacklisted and un-blacklisted the contrari to go back to the initial sate, but there is a little difference: b43 is now in the “Blacklisted drivers” and not anymore in the “Blacklisted broadcom drivers”.
      Can you tell me what I should do?
      I’ve tried lost of things from http://antixlinux.com/forum-archive/cannot-connect-to-wifi-networks-with-ceni-or-wicd-t3397.html

      #10889
      Anonymous

        Trying to edit my message lead me to a 403 error page…
        So: “I’ve tried lost of things from (…)” had to be before: “I don’t know why but yesterday, (…)”
        And I want to ad that I only went to http://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Broadcom_wireless about an half hour ago but I already knew what’s interesting there from my previous searches (but I should have begin with that, that would have been easier to understand how it work).

        #10890
        Forum Admin
        dolphin_oracle

          I would try this.

          1. under /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-dkms.conf, remove the blacklist from all the opensource drivers, and only blacklist “wl” In other words, the only driver blacklisted should be “wl”.

          2. if /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf is present, make sure that no opensource broadcom drivers are present. If so, remove them from the blacklist.

          reboot and see if it works.

          #10892
          Anonymous

            Yet I still have got this 403 page so, I try by commenting in a few part…
            Thank you Dolphin oracle.
            I made it with the Broadcom manager and the result is there are no more blacklisted drivers in /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-dkms.conf and that wl is blacklisted in /etc/modprobe.d/blacklist.conf (I think this doesn’t change anything).

            #10893
            Anonymous

              After rebooting, here is the result:

              inxi -F
              System:    Host: [host name] Kernel: 4.9.87-antix.1-486-smp i686 bits: 32
                         Desktop: IceWM 1.4.2 Distro: antiX-17.1_386-full Heather Heyer 17 March 2018
              Machine:   Device: laptop System: Hewlett-Packard product: HP 2133 v: F.05 serial: N/A
                         Mobo: Hewlett-Packard model: 3030 v: KBC Version 07.17 serial: N/A
                         BIOS: Hewlett-Packard v: 68VGU Ver. F.05 date: 08/20/2008
              Battery    BAT1: charge: 2.2 Wh 97.9% condition: 2.2/2.5 Wh (88%)
              CPU:       Single core VIA C7-M (-UP-) cache: 128 KB speed: 1600 MHz (max)
              Graphics:  Card: VIA CN896/VN896/P4M900 [Chrome 9 HC]
                         Display Server: X.Org 1.19.2
                         drivers: openchrome (unloaded: modesetting,fbdev,vesa)
                         Resolution: 1024x600@60.00hz, 1024x768@75.03hz
                         OpenGL: renderer: Gallium 0.4 on llvmpipe (LLVM 3.9, 128 bits)
                         version: 3.3 Mesa 13.0.6
              Audio:     Card VIA VT8237A/VT8251 HDA Controller driver: snd_hda_intel
                         Sound: Advanced Linux Sound Architecture v: k4.9.87-antix.1-486-smp
              Network:   Card-1: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY driver: b43-pci-bridge
                         IF: wlan0 state: down mac: 00:21:00:99:04:ba
                         Card-2: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet driver: tg3
                         IF: eth0 state: up speed: 1000 Mbps duplex: full mac: 00:22:64:7d:54:f1
              Drives:    HDD Total Size: 320.1GB (1.6% used)
                         ID-1: /dev/sda model: ST9320320AS size: 320.1GB
              Partition: ID-1: / size: 291G used: 2.9G (2%) fs: ext4 dev: /dev/sda1
                         ID-2: swap-1 size: 2.15GB used: 0.00GB (0%) fs: swap dev: /dev/sda2
              Sensors:   System Temperatures: cpu: 67.0C mobo: N/A
                         Fan Speeds (in rpm): cpu: N/A
              Info:      Processes: 137 Uptime: 18 min Memory: 325.7/1762.2MB
                         Client: Shell (bash) inxi: 2.3.54 
              #10894
              Anonymous
                lspci -vnn -d 14e4:
                02:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev ff) (prog-if ff)
                	!!! Unknown header type 7f
                	Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
                	Kernel modules: ssb, wl
                07:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet [14e4:169c] (rev 03)
                	Subsystem: Broadcom Limited NetXtreme BCM5788 Gigabit Ethernet [14e4:969c]
                	Flags: bus master, 66MHz, medium devsel, latency 64, IRQ 16
                	Memory at feaf0000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) 
                	Expansion ROM at <ignored> [disabled]
                	Capabilities: <access denied>
                	Kernel driver in use: tg3
                	Kernel modules: tg3

                wlan0 is now present in ceni but it founds nothing when I scan. Do I have to roam (yesterday, I tried it but it didn’t work)? wicd doesn’t find any network too and wpa_supplicant configuration, scaning doesn’t do anything too.
                So, that’s better it seams but still not working.

                #10895
                Anonymous

                  What changed with ifconfig (it looks like the 403 page comes from it so, I just put what changed:

                  TX packets 884  bytes 122480 (119.6 KiB)
                  RX packets 14  bytes 736 (736.0 B)
                  #10999
                  Member
                  Bernd

                    state: down

                    Your WLAN has still the status “down”. This means a switch like
                    – Fn+F5 (for example)
                    – or you had switch off your Wlan by a hard wired switch (my T430 has one on the right side).

                    #11000
                    Member
                    ohh

                      I have the same card, but as you can see yours has an additional driver

                      Card-1: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY driver: b43-pci-bridge

                      Card-2: Broadcom Limited BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n driver: b43-pci-bridge

                      Maybe you could remove that driver LP-PHY driver and then see if ceni will work.
                      by using
                      modprobe -r LP-PHY

                      cheers,
                      ohh

                      Every matter requires prior knowledge.

                      - Du Mu
                      The Art of War

                      #11007
                      Anonymous
                        #11535
                        Anonymous

                          I, sorry for replying only now but I had other priorities, then I got a sickness, now that my health is better, I answer you.

                          state: down

                          Your WLAN has still the status “down”. This means a switch like
                          – Fn+F5 (for example)
                          – or you had switch off your Wlan by a hard wired switch (my T430 has one on the right side).

                          I’ve got a switch on the front right but it doesn’t work.

                          I have the same card, but as you can see yours has an additional driver

                          Card-1: Broadcom Limited BCM4312 802.11b/g <strong class="d4pbbc-bold">LP-PHY driver: b43-pci-bridge

                          Card-2: Broadcom Limited BCM4321 802.11a/b/g/n driver: b43-pci-bridge

                          Maybe you could remove that driver <strong class=”d4pbbc-bold”>LP-PHY driver and then see if ceni will work.
                          by using
                          modprobe -r LP-PHY

                          $ modprobe -r LP-PHY
                          modprobe: FATAL: Module LP-PHY not found.

                          openchrome driver 0.5.0 interferes with b43 wifi
                          it can help my workaround on hp2133

                          $ dmesg|grep b43
                          [   13.160873] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4312 WLAN found (core revision 15)
                          [   13.178133] b43-phy0: Found PHY: Analog 6, Type 5 (LP), Revision 1
                          [   13.178148] b43-phy0: Found Radio: Manuf 0x17F, ID 0x2062, Revision 2, Version 0
                          [ 1670.039092] b43-phy0 ERROR: Microcode not responding
                          [ 1670.039107] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.
                          [ 1671.176146] b43-phy0 ERROR: Microcode not responding
                          [ 1671.176161] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.

                          It looks like this is the same problem but I couldn’t fix dependencies problems to install xserver-xorg-video-openchrome (1:0.6.0-3):

                          $ sudo dpkg -i xserver-xorg-video-openchrome_0.6.0-3+b1_i386.deb
                          (Lecture de la base de données... 129770 fichiers et répertoires déjà installés.)
                          Préparation du dépaquetage de xserver-xorg-video-openchrome_0.6.0-3+b1_i386.deb ...
                          Dépaquetage de xserver-xorg-video-openchrome (1:0.6.0-3+b1) sur (1:0.5.0-3) ...
                          dpkg: des problèmes de dépendances empêchent la configuration de xserver-xorg-video-openchrome :
                           xserver-xorg-video-openchrome dépend de xorg-video-abi-24 ; cependant :
                            Le paquet xorg-video-abi-24 n'est pas installé.
                          dpkg: erreur de traitement du paquet xserver-xorg-video-openchrome (--install) :
                           problèmes de dépendances - laissé non configuré
                          Traitement des actions différées (« triggers ») pour libc-bin (2.24-11+deb9u3) ...
                          Traitement des actions différées (« triggers ») pour man-db (2.7.6.1-2) ...
                          Des erreurs ont été rencontrées pendant l'exécution :
                           xserver-xorg-video-openchrome

                          On debian website, I read about xserver-xorg-video-openchrome (1:0.6.0-3 and others):

                          dep: xorg-video-abi-24
                          virtual package provided by xserver-xorg-core, xserver-xorg-core-udeb
                          dep: xserver-xorg-core (>= 2:1.18.99.901)
                          Xorg X server – core server

                          xserber-xorg-core 2:1.19(…) is installed but there are no xorg-vido-abi-24 virtual package.
                          Maybe I missed or misunderstood something.

                          #11544
                          Member
                          ohh

                            Leon,
                            Looks like my bad, as I misread the LP-PhY as a driver, so disregard my prior post.
                            You have the correct driver b43-pci-bridge, and it is loaded.
                            Here is another way to try and get the wireless up.

                            Go to Control Center-> Network–> Connect Wirelessly (wicd)
                            after the Wicd Network Manager opens, click on the small down arrow at the top right
                            of the window, then click on preferences
                            You should be able to see the preferences window
                            add in the wireless interface: wlan0 if it is not there.
                            Click on the Advanced Settings Tab check to see if the driver is wext and the backend is set to external
                            click ok and then back on the Wicd Network Manager hit the refresh button and choose the wirless network you need.

                            cheers,
                            ohh

                            Every matter requires prior knowledge.

                            - Du Mu
                            The Art of War

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