non-free firmware

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non-free firmware

Postby corneliusudeh » 2017-04-07 12:03

hi guys!
so i got tired of my windows addiction yesterday and decided to go debian! i did, but now i get an error while booting, that i need to got to wireless.kernel.org to download the needed drivers.

my wifi doesn't show in status bar, and i have spent all day trying to fix this, to no avail! :(

please any useful information about how to fix my firmware error situation will be deeply appreciated. i aleardy love debian.

thanks
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Re: non-free firmware

Postby acewiza » 2017-04-07 12:53

Nobody would ever ask questions If everyone possessed encyclopedic knowledge of the man pages.
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Re: non-free firmware

Postby dilberts_left_nut » 2017-04-08 02:51

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Re: non-free firmware

Postby corneliusudeh » 2017-04-08 03:12



hi, thanks for your help! non free is fixed now. another problem is that i can't see wireless networks around, i can't even see the wireless icon.

when i boot, it says i should go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/b43#devicefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version.

i have tried to do "apt-get install firmware-b43-installer" but it doesn't find the driver.

i do not know what to do anymore. i even downloaded the firmware and tried to install with package installer and it said "unspecified transaction error" :)

i guess i'm trying to ask; how do i installl b43 firmware, or how do i get my wifi to work
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Re: non-free firmware

Postby dilberts_left_nut » 2017-04-08 03:28

Start at the link I posted.
Identify your device.
If you do indeed have a bcm43xx device look here:
https://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx
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Re: non-free firmware

Postby corneliusudeh » 2017-04-08 04:20

dilberts_left_nut wrote:Start at the link I posted.
Identify your device.
If you do indeed have a bcm43xx device look here:
https://wiki.debian.org/bcm43xx


no differnce!

my chip id- bcm4312
pci-id- 14e4:4315


i do't know what to do anymore, i dont want to go back to windows
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Re: non-free firmware

Postby dilberts_left_nut » 2017-04-08 05:01

No difference to what?

Post what you are doing and what output you get.
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Re: non-free firmware

Postby Dai_trying » 2017-04-08 06:52

I have an old laptop (Dell Inspiron 1545) that uses Broadcom 4312 (Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)) and I simply have to install firmware-b43-installer and it picks up without issue (after reboot), one thing to look for is if your wifi is disabled in some way, this would prevent you from seeing AP's.
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