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15 Post subject: (not really solved) b43 bug  PostPosted: 28.08.2011, 01:50



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I do not mean to cross-post, but came to the conclusion that this is more of a bug than a software issue.
While installing Imera 64 KDE full, I came across this warning and the installer offered to execute the code, which I accepted.
Later on, added non-free source to my debian.list and installed free and non-free firmware as per the manual.
Fw-detect prompted me to run some code which I did to no avail.
Yesterday, in the course of an apt-get update and dist-upgrade I noted that the b43 package was upgraded.
I thought that my problems solved, but same error while executing in same init 3 shell.
Rebooted, same old.

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# Follow these instructions to obtain the correct firmware
# and activate the b43 driver:

apt-get update
apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
modprobe -r b43
modprobe b43

You must first configure apt to install this non-free software,
refer to the offline manual that came with this distribution.
==============================

All this has been run several times to no avail.
I installed package network-manager and my wireless is no longer disabled.
This is output from lshw:

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*-network
description: Wireless interface
physical id: 3
logical name: wlan0
serial: 00:14:a5:6f:d6:f6
capabilities: ethernet physical wireless
configuration: broadcast=yes driver=b43 driverversion=3.0-3.slh.2-aptosid-amd64 firmware=410.31754 link=no multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11bg
=================================

Waiting for some guidance.


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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 29.08.2011, 06:59
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As your wireless seems to work, is there still something you want to report as a bug?
We do not recommend to use network-mananger, though, instead use our own tool ceni.
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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 29.08.2011, 17:21



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I never used either Ceni or network-manager.
I just installed network-manager because it was a recommended package while installing another one, I believe Evolution.
Suddenly, wireless lit up and started to work.
I seldom use wireless in that computer, so have not configured it.
Package firmware-b43-lpphy-installer reports that it cannot find suitable cards, recommends using b43 proper or legacy.
Of course, since wireless works this is urgency=low.
However notification in fw-detect is still there.
It is just a bit annoying, up to you to report a bug to maintainer.

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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 30.08.2011, 06:27
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If b43-lpph-installer does not find a fitting card, de-install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer, and re-install firmware-b43-installer. After that run firmware-b43-installer to provide the correct firmware. The message will vanish then.
This is intended behaviour of our firmware-detection, it will cry until all needed firmware is correctly loaded.
No Bug, moved to "Hardware".
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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 31.08.2011, 02:55



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Thanks for clarification.
3 remarks:
1.
What command do you recommend to "de-install" b43-lpphy-installer? remove? purge? remove --purge?
2.
There is something that needs to be tweaked, because fw-detect is issuing instructions that do not work
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I never installed firmware-b43-installer, so cannot re-install it, can only install after removing the other one.
I am getting great support from aptosid, my new distro of choice, will recommend in my LUG.

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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 31.08.2011, 05:25
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      Code:
apt-get purge firmware-b43-lpphy-installer
apt-get install firmware-b43-installer

Reboot.
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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 31.08.2011, 12:49



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firmware-b43-lpphy-installer provides the recommended for all (non-802.11n) Broadcom wlan devices these days (it's ABI compatible, but a newer version of those provided by firmware-b43-installer), however the packaged firmware-b43-lpphy-installer might try to be a bit too smart for its own good (this may be worth a bugreport at priority 'minor')...
 
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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 31.08.2011, 15:51



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Followed instructions and, after both modprobe, fw-detect is quiet now.
Thank you very much.
I think a bug report should be filed as slh suggests.

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Post subject: RE: b43 bug  PostPosted: 01.09.2011, 19:30



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I must correct myself on one count.
b43 driver is installed, according to lshw, and wireless LED is up.
However, fw-detect still insists on calling for
      Code:
apt-get install firmware-b43-lpphy-installer

which has been purged.
Cannot get rid of the warning.

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