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#1 2015-06-04 13:38:42

archgeesk
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[SOLVED] installing b43 driver

#Edit: got this fixed; please see post 9 for an easy solution if you have the same problem & don't want to read the whole (probably confusing) thread.

Hi everyone,
Tried to install my wifi multiple times... and it's being super annoying.
I'm using a Packard Bell Dot S (Model Kav60) and it has a
01:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
so basically a BCM 4312 driver.
The computer "told" me to use https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43, but that link linked to an older site, so I used http://linuxwireless.sipsolutions.net/e … ivers/b43/
I've tried installing b43-cutter, but I am stuck on the place where it says:

If verification of the GPG signature fails due to an unknown key, you need to import the following key:

Key ID = 4203454C
Key fingerprint = 757F AB7C ED18 14AE 15B4  836E 5FB0 2747 4203 454C

I don't know how to import it, and it doesn't explain how.

Would one of you explain how to do that?
That would be great!
(P.S. it's quite possible there will be more questions after, as I don't know if installing b43-fwcutter will work & also I'll have to activate the network...)

Last edited by archgeesk (2015-06-05 07:20:08)

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#2 2015-06-04 13:53:21

Trilby
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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

What do you mean your computer "told" you to use b43?

Have you followed the excellent broadcom page on our wiki?

Are you installing b43-fwcutter from the AUR?  If so, where in the process does the step you describe come in?


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#3 2015-06-04 14:12:25

archgeesk
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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

Hmm good point about the AUR. The method I was trying to use didn't use the AUR package & I think it might be outdated...

The computer "told" me to use those websites
When I do this ... as well as on boot up...

dmesg | grep firmware 

[    9.138816] b43 ssb0:0: Direct firmware load for b43/ucode15.fw failed with error -2
[    9.138900] b43 ssb0:0: Direct firmware load for b43/ucode15.fw failed with error -2
[    9.138959] b43 ssb0:0: Direct firmware load for b43-open/ucode15.fw failed with error -2
[    9.139003] b43 ssb0:0: Direct firmware load for b43-open/ucode15.fw failed with error -2
[    9.139349] b43-phy0 ERROR: You must go to http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Dri … cefirmware and download the correct firmware for this driver version. Please carefully read all instructions on this website.

Thank you for suggestions.
I have checked this out: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Broadcom_wireless (as well as other pages)
What confused me is that some people disagree about some of the info on there, as the page seems to show... as well as the fact that these manuals just don't deal with all the detailed steps in detail (I am a newbie...)

But basically, when installing b43 according to the instructions from http://linuxwireless.sipsolutions.net/e … ivers/b43/ a there is gpg verification problem.
I encounter the problem after step 2:
   1 wget http://bues.ch/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-018.tar.bz2 http://bues.ch/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutte … ar.bz2.asc
   2 gpg --verify b43-fwcutter-018.tar.bz2.asc

"gpg: assuming signed data in 'b43-fwcutter-018.tar.bz2'
gpg: Signature made Mon 29 Jul 2013 21:22:47 CEST using RSA key ID 4203454C
gpg: Can't check signature: No public key"

I've tried using packer as well (which uses the AUR), but am currently following the method on http://linuxwireless.sipsolutions.net/e … ivers/b43/ as I mentioned.

To be honest all the different information out there is confusing!

I'll try to use the AUR without packer, and see what happens.

Thank you

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#4 2015-06-04 14:23:18

archgeesk
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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

Okay so I'm trying it from the AUR now and I get this when I'm trying to tar the tarball (so 'unzip' it I suppose)
tar -xvf b43-firmware.tar.gz
tar: This does not look like a tar archive

gzip: stdin: unexpected end of file
tar: Child returned status 1
tar: Error is not recoverable: exiting now

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#5 2015-06-04 14:50:35

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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

Works here:

$ file b43-firmware.tar.gz 
b43-firmware.tar.gz: gzip compressed data, last modified: Sat May 23 00:02:52 2015, from Unix
$ tar -xvf b43-firmware.tar.gz
b43-firmware/
b43-firmware/PKGBUILD
b43-firmware/.SRCINFO

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#6 2015-06-04 15:00:35

archgeesk
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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

Nice smile thanks for sharing!

karol wrote:

Works here:

$ file b43-firmware.tar.gz 
b43-firmware.tar.gz: gzip compressed data, last modified: Sat May 23 00:02:52 2015, from Unix
$ tar -xvf b43-firmware.tar.gz
b43-firmware/
b43-firmware/PKGBUILD
b43-firmware/.SRCINFO

It's starting to work for me I think smile  I typed $file b43-firmware.tar.gz and apparently the file was empty. (After reboot) I downloaded it again... And this time it is recognizing the file.
My computer was also generating errors when I tried to install stuff, saying my temp/al (something don't remember what exactly...) was full, so I rebooted it and now /tmp isn't... So maybe having /tmp full meant it didn't download properly? anyway...

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#7 2015-06-04 15:05:52

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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

archgeesk wrote:

The computer "told" me to use those websites

I was looking for clarification, not repitition.  What does this mean?  How does your computer tell you this?  Are there error messages?  If so, post them.  Does your computer actually speak to you?  If so, find a therapist.  This might sound facetious, but as this doesn't make sense I'm wondering how/why it is happening - it might be a symptom of a more basic problem or misunderstanding.


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#8 2015-06-04 15:07:27

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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

Have you had a look here for documentation about  unpacking the tarball - http://unixhelp.ed.ac.uk/CGI/man-cgi?tar  - plus please check if you have base-devel installed and have tar installed as well......


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#9 2015-06-04 15:30:52

archgeesk
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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

yeah I have those stuff installed; I managed to install b43-firmware, so that's great & it's working! thanks everyone for the tips!
so basically, for others
the process I got it to work with is as follows

 $ wget https://aur.archlinux.org/packages/b4/b43-firmware/b43-firmware.tar.gz 

 $ file b43-firmware.tar.gz 

- shows the file specs; so checks if the computer recognizes the file; if it doesn't you may have to redownload, or reboot and redownload - I did the latter

 $ tar -xvf b43-firmware.tar.gz 

 $ cd b43-firmware 

 $ makepkg -s 

 $ sudo pacman -U /path/to/pkg.tar.xz 

#(put right path to package in /path/to/pkg.tar.xz)
Then reboot

 $ sudo wifi-menu 

& select right network!
Also to easily access networks from a GUI I installed networkmanager... https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/NetworkManager as well as the network-manager-applet. I needed to also install xfce4-indicator-plugin from the AUR to get it to work. (I'm using xfce.)

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#10 2015-06-04 18:08:29

ugjka
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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

Well, then mark this thead as [Solved]

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#11 2015-06-05 07:05:20

archgeesk
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Re: [SOLVED] installing b43 driver

Okay I did.

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