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#1 rkwr

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 09:22 AM

Bodhi Linux Construction Set and Bodhi Linux Puzzle:
The Puzzle: Bodhi Linux 4.3.1 Legacy - 32-bit distribution has got problems with Wi-Fi connection (no network connection in an old lenovo 3000 N100  laptop).

Since the (happy) discovery of Bodhi Linux some weeks ago I have tested this oparating system on the following laptops:
lenovo 3000 N100 with Intel Celeron M processor (32-bit architecture)
lenovo T400 (Think Pad) with Intel Core 2 Duo processor (32-bit architecture)
lenovo T410 (Think Pad) with Intel Core i5 processor (64-bit architecture)

During my tests it turned out that there is NO Wi-Fi connetion in the (old) lenovo 3000 N100 laptop with the Intel Celeron M processor (32-bit architecture).

However there is NO problem with Wi-Fi connection when I boot the same laptop with MANJARO LINUX XFCE 17.0.2
or with SPARKY LINUX (4.6.1 STB LXDE - Stable Edition) - Information on the Operating System: Kernel  Linux 4.9.0-4-686(i686)
Compiled  # 1 SMP Debian 4.9.51-1(2017-09-28)
Default C Compiler GNU C Compiler version 6.3.0  20170516 (Debian 6.3.0. - 18).

There also is no problem at all with Wi-Fi connection when I boot the lenovo T400 laptop (with Intel Core 2 Duo and 32-bit architecture) as well as the lenovo T410 laptop with Intel Core i5 (64-bit architecture) with Bodhi Linux 4.3.1 Legacy - 32-bit distribution.

How could one solve this puzzling problem (and  improve the next Bodhi Linux 32-bit distribution)?





A big thank you to everyone who contributes to Bodhi Linux


#2 Charles@Bodhi

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Posted 20 October 2017 - 04:39 PM

Welcome to the forums.

 

Could you provide the outcome of the following command in terminology.

lspci -nnk | grep 280 -A2

This will tell us the make and model of your wifi device so we can help you troubleshooting this.

 

The Ubuntu base we use has drivers for almost all devices except for some that need proprietary stuff. But after the install you can solve that without braking the law.  :)

 

Enjoy,

Charles



#3 rkwr

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Posted 22 October 2017 - 12:15 PM

rk@lenovo-3000-N100:~$ lspci -nnk | grep 280 -A2
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev e2)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:27b9] (rev 02)
        Subsystem: Lenovo 82801GBM (ICH7-M) LPC Interface Bridge [17aa:2071]
        Kernel driver in use: lpc_ich
        Kernel modules: intel_rng, lpc_ich, leds_ss4200
00:1f.2 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7-M Family) SATA Controller [IDE mode] [8086:27c4] (rev 02)
        Subsystem: Lenovo 82801GBM/GHM (ICH7-M Family) SATA Controller [IDE mode] [17aa:2072]
        Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
        Kernel modules: ata_piix, ata_generic
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03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4312] (rev 01)
        Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11a/b/g [14e4:0466]
        Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
rk@lenovo-3000-N100:~$
 
 
 
 


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Posted 26 October 2017 - 09:50 PM

Sorry, this was a hectic week for me.

 

I assume you can make a cable connection someway so you can run the following command:

sudo apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

This should work to get the wireless running.

 

Enjoy,

Charles



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 12:27 AM

Am I to gather/guess/understand that the firmware-b43-installer is a meta package that downloads other files when called? Otherwise, one should be able to grab the .deb(?) file and put it on a flash drive to transfer that way, yes?



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Posted 27 October 2017 - 11:55 AM

Am I to gather/guess/understand that the firmware-b43-installer is a meta package that downloads other files when called? Otherwise, one should be able to grab the .deb(?) file and put it on a flash drive to transfer that way, yes?

 

Hey birdmun, show you a way to learn more about deb-packages:

apt-cache show firmware-b43-installer

This gives about all details and what it does.

 

In this case you see that it depends on the package "b43-fwcutter" (if needed downloads that from the repos) and it downloads broadcom firmware for some chipsets.

 

Enjoy,

Charles






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