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#1 2014-08-18 11:23:41

broadkahm
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[SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

After a recent upgrade on Thursday, I no longer have any networking devices recognised. I'm running a macbook air 2011 and have had no networking problems since my change to the 'broadcom-wl' drivers from the AUR three weeks ago. After rebooting from the upgrades, wifi-menu gave me an error saying "Invalid interface specification". and when i do specify wlp2s0, "no such interface"

iwconfig gives me

lo    no wireless extensions

and that's it. I'm pretty sure there used to be wlp2s0 there.

Thanks in advance for your help and let me know if you need more info/outputs. (this may take a while because I need to boot in that partition and copy paste the outputs on a usb, etc.

Last edited by broadkahm (2014-09-09 12:51:51)

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#2 2014-08-18 15:52:26

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

Compare the outputs of uname -a and of pacman -Qi linux
Compare the version numbers they report.  Is the running kernel (uname -a) the exact same revision as the one that is installed (pacman -Qi linux) ?


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#3 2014-08-18 16:09:04

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

uname -a

Linux 3.16.0-2-ARCH #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Aug 4 19:04:45 CEST 2014 x86_64 GNU/Linux

pacman -Qi linux

linux 3.16-2

that's the same right? also, for the output of pacman -Qi linux, there is "required by: broadcom-wl" which may be relevant to what I'm dealing with.

p.s. sweet avatar ewaller

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#4 2014-08-18 16:21:03

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

Yes, you are good as to the kernel.  A common problem is for the wrong kernel to be loaded at boot for a variety of reasons that are not applicable here.

What are the output of ip link and of iw list   ?

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#5 2014-08-18 16:27:36

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

ip link

 1: lo: <LOOPBACK,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 65536 qdisc noqueue state UNKNOWN mode DEFAULT group default
    link/loopback 00:00:00:00:00:00 brd 00:00:00:00:00:00

iw list

nothing

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#6 2014-08-18 16:42:07

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

Can you post the output of dmesg  ?
It is huge, so it is better to post it to a site like bpaste or pastebin.  Without network, this could be problematic.  Can you write to a USB drive?

Also, if you have a smart phone, you might try associating it with your wifi, connecting to your computer via USB, enable USB tether, and, if all goes well, a "Wired" interface should appear on your machine.  If it does, just run dhcpcd and you should have connection through your wifi (not your data plan)


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#7 2014-08-18 16:59:56

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

my xterm doesn't have enough lines to display all of dmesg's output. is there a way to export the text to a .txt file? dmesg --help didn't show any such option

i would have to copy to usb most likely. your recommended method of using a smartphone sounds great, but my internet situation at the moment is a bit tricky since i just moved. (one device for wifi at a time, login necessary, using my thinkpad R61 right now)

thanks for your assistance.

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#8 2014-08-18 17:08:56

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

dmesg > theNameOfTheFileToWhichYouWantToWrite


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#9 2014-08-18 17:23:49

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

pastebin.com/QTucwwME

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#10 2014-08-18 18:45:56

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

There is absolutely nothing in there about networks.  That is bizarre.

As a sanity check, what is the output of lspci


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#11 2014-08-18 19:50:54

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

That is bizarre.

wow. glad i'm not just bad at solving problems.

here is lspci... looks like the network controller is indeed there.

00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family DRAM Controller (rev 09)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E3-1200/2nd Generation Core Processor Family PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation 2nd Generation Core Processor Family Integrated Graphics Controller (rev 09)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Universal Host Controller #5 (rev 05)
00:1a.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)
00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev b5)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Universal Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
00:1d.7 USB controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation QS67 Express Chipset Family LPC Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family 6 port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 6 Series/C200 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller (rev 05)
02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43224 802.11a/b/g/n (rev 01)
03:00.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 151a (rev 01)
04:00.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 151a (rev 01)
04:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 151a (rev 01)
04:04.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Device 151a (rev 01)
05:00.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Device 151a (rev 01)

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#12 2014-08-25 15:24:49

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

I've managed to downgrade the kernel, and everything works fine again.

But even after upgrading to the newer kernel (linux 3.16.0 to linux 3.16.1), it still causes this problem.

Any other macbook users with broadcom-wl experiencing this as well?

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#13 2014-09-03 17:11:14

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

Im not using a Macbook (but an Acer Aspire V3-571G) and I have the same issue on this Laptop.
The card I am using is:
BCM9  43228  HM4L.

Actually you are in the luckier position as you dont *need* to use the reverse-engineered drivers (b43 or broadcom-wl) as I am. You can use the (fully opensource) broadcom drivers:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/br … 2Fbrcmfmac

Atleast your card is listed here:
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Dri … rted_Chips

Hope this helps


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#14 2014-09-03 17:17:12

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

Additionally you might try lspci -k for showing which driver handles the interface (maybe it's not the one you want)


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#15 2014-09-04 20:00:11

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

broadkahm wrote:

I've managed to downgrade the kernel, and everything works fine again.

But even after upgrading to the newer kernel (linux 3.16.0 to linux 3.16.1), it still causes this problem.

Any other macbook users with broadcom-wl experiencing this as well?

Every kernel update breaks broadcom-wl on my Macbook Air early 2014.

What I'm doing:

1. Unistall broadcom-wl
2. Rebuild broadcom-wl
3. Start wifi-menu to get connection

Last edited by Fixed (2014-09-04 20:00:41)


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#16 2014-09-09 10:05:01

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

Fixed wrote:
broadkahm wrote:

I've managed to downgrade the kernel, and everything works fine again.

But even after upgrading to the newer kernel (linux 3.16.0 to linux 3.16.1), it still causes this problem.

Any other macbook users with broadcom-wl experiencing this as well?

Every kernel update breaks broadcom-wl on my Macbook Air early 2014.

What I'm doing:

1. Unistall broadcom-wl
2. Rebuild broadcom-wl
3. Start wifi-menu to get connection

Can somebody point me in the right direction on what it means to "rebuild" broadcom-wl?

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#17 2014-09-09 10:53:16

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

That was my suspicion from the start: you need to manage AUR packages yourself.  To rebuild it, just do exactly what you did to initially install it.  Download the aur tarball, extract it, cd into the directory, then `makepkg -i`.  Depending on whether you use an aur helper the exact steps might vary.


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#18 2014-09-09 12:50:56

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Re: [SOLVED] No networking interfaces after upgrade

LeonardK wrote:

Im not using a Macbook (but an Acer Aspire V3-571G) and I have the same issue on this Laptop.
The card I am using is:
BCM9  43228  HM4L.

Actually you are in the luckier position as you dont *need* to use the reverse-engineered drivers (b43 or broadcom-wl) as I am. You can use the (fully opensource) broadcom drivers:

https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/br … 2Fbrcmfmac

Atleast your card is listed here:
http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Dri … rted_Chips

Hope this helps

Thank you.

My Macbook Air 2011 model basically broke the networking with the unnecessary broadcom-wl driver. Simply uninstalling broadcom-wl it and rebooting after a kernel upgrade has everything working perfectly again.

@Fixed's method will help me in the future if I again begin to get dropped connections using the default driver.

And thanks for the help with rebuilding packages @Trilby

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