BCM4309 Drivers for Dell Laptop

BCM4309 Drivers for Dell Laptop

Postby BrentRogers » May 5th, '20, 03:53

I have a Dell Laptop with what Mageia 7 identifies as Broadcom BCM4309 802.11abg Wireless Network Controller.

If I try to configure that interface I get the error
Unable to find network interface for selected device (using ssb driver)

I found some Windows drivers (with ndiswrapper) I downloaded for use with Mageia 5 [ I think that was the Disk I saved to].
But they don't seem to work for Magei 7.
I keep .
getting referred to http://ndiswrapper.sourceforge.net/medi ... x.php/List

But I can't find anything there -- or at least that appears to be of use.

Questions:
My downloads also appear to be source.
Do I need to [re]Make?

Is there some other place I can find the appropriate drivers?
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Re: BCM4309 Drivers for Dell Laptop

Postby doktor5000 » May 5th, '20, 16:16

Can you please post the output of
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lspcidrake -v
so we can see the PCI vendor and product ID?
Because the name of the chipset alone does not really help, there are often product where the actually used chipset changes between revisions, and sometimes that requires totally different drivers.

Apart from that, please only use ndiswrapper if there are no native drivers for your wireless device.
And if you had windows drivers that worked, those will still work, they're not really dependant on the Mageia version.

BrentRogers wrote:Questions:
My downloads also appear to be source.
Do I need to [re]Make?

"appear to be source" - what do you mean by that, and what download are you referring to in particular? Please try to keep in mind, we don't really know what you're looking at unless you tell us.
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Re: BCM4309 Drivers for Dell Laptop

Postby BrentRogers » May 13th, '20, 23:18

lspcidrake -v output is attached.

I never got the native drivers working.
I had to use the ndiswrapper(s).
For the windows wrappers, I found an old CD i burned with some drivers on there.
Don't really know which one I used.

Now I do have another Mageia 5 machine. I think it uses the same drivers.
Any way to find out which one(s) it uses and transfer them over?

lspcidrake -v Output
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unknown         : Texas Instruments|PCI7410/7510/7610 PCI Firmware Loading Function [SYSTEM_OTHER] (vendor:104c device:8204 subv:1028 subd:0139)
tg3             : Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries|NetXtreme BCM5705M Gigabit Ethernet [NETWORK_ETHERNET] (vendor:14e4 device:165d subv:1028 subd:865d) (rev: 01)
Card:Intel 810 and later: Intel Corporation|82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device [DISPLAY_OTHER] (vendor:8086 device:3582 subv:1028 subd:0139) (rev: 02)
uhci_hcd        : Intel Corporation|82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #2 [SERIAL_USB] (vendor:8086 device:24c4 subv:8086 subd:4541) (rev: 01)
lpc_ich         : Intel Corporation|82801DBM (ICH4-M) LPC Interface Bridge [BRIDGE_ISA] (vendor:8086 device:24cc) (rev: 01)
yenta_socket    : Texas Instruments|PCI7510 PC card Cardbus Controller [BRIDGE_CARDBUS] (vendor:104c device:ac47 subv:e000 subd:0000) (rev: 01)
unknown         : Intel Corporation|82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller [SYSTEM_OTHER] (vendor:8086 device:3584 subv:1028 subd:0139) (rev: 02)
firewire_ohci   : Texas Instruments|PCI7410,7510,7610 OHCI-Lynx Controller [SERIAL_FIREWIRE] (vendor:104c device:802b subv:1028 subd:0139)
ehci_pci        : Intel Corporation|82801DB/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-M) USB2 EHCI Controller [SERIAL_USB] (vendor:8086 device:24cd subv:1028 subd:0139) (rev: 01)
Card:Intel 810 and later: Intel Corporation|82852/855GM Integrated Graphics Device [DISPLAY_VGA] (vendor:8086 device:3582 subv:1028 subd:0139) (rev: 02)
unknown         : Intel Corporation|82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller [SYSTEM_OTHER] (vendor:8086 device:3585 subv:1028 subd:0139) (rev: 02)
snd_intel8x0m   : Intel Corporation|82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller [COMMUNICATION_MODEM] (vendor:8086 device:24c6 subv:14f1 subd:5422) (rev: 01)
uhci_hcd        : Intel Corporation|82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #1 [SERIAL_USB] (vendor:8086 device:24c2 subv:8086 subd:4541) (rev: 01)
uhci_hcd        : Intel Corporation|82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) USB UHCI Controller #3 [SERIAL_USB] (vendor:8086 device:24c7 subv:8086 subd:4541) (rev: 01)
ata_piix        : Intel Corporation|82801DBM (ICH4-M) IDE Controller [STORAGE_IDE] (vendor:8086 device:24ca subv:8086 subd:4541) (rev: 01)
unknown         : Intel Corporation|82852/82855 GM/GME/PM/GMV Processor to I/O Controller [BRIDGE_HOST] (vendor:8086 device:3580 subv:1028 subd:0139) (rev: 02)
yenta_socket    : Texas Instruments|PCI7510/7610 CardBus Bridge [BRIDGE_CARDBUS] (vendor:104c device:ac4a subv:e800 subd:0000) (rev: 01)
unknown         : Intel Corporation|82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [BRIDGE_PCI] (vendor:8086 device:2448) (rev: 81)
ssb             : Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries|BCM4309 802.11abg Wireless Network Controller [NETWORK_OTHER] (vendor:14e4 device:4324 subv:1028 subd:0001) (rev: 02)
snd_intel8x0    : Intel Corporation|82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Audio Controller [MULTIMEDIA_AUDIO] (vendor:8086 device:24c5 subv:1028 subd:0139) (rev: 01)
hub             : Linux 5.6.8-desktop586-1.mga7 ehci_hcd|EHCI Host Controller [Hub|Unused|Full speed (or root) hub] (vendor:1d6b device:0002)
hub             : Dell Computer Corp.|Port Replicator [Hub|Unused|TT per port] (vendor:413c device:0058)
hub             : ATEN International Co., Ltd|Hub [Hub|Unused|Full speed (or root) hub] (vendor:0557 device:7000)
usbhid          : Microsoft|Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000 [Human Interface Device|Boot Interface Subclass|Keyboard] (vendor:045e device:00db)
usbhid          : Microsoft|Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse® 1.0A [Human Interface Device|Boot Interface Subclass|Mouse] (vendor:045e device:008c)
usb_storage     : Dell USB Drive|A01  [Mass Storage|SCSI|Bulk-Only] (vendor:413c device:9001)
hub             : Linux 5.6.8-desktop586-1.mga7 uhci_hcd|UHCI Host Controller [Hub|Unused|Full speed (or root) hub] (vendor:1d6b device:0001)
hub             : Linux 5.6.8-desktop586-1.mga7 uhci_hcd|UHCI Host Controller [Hub|Unused|Full speed (or root) hub] (vendor:1d6b device:0001)
hub             : Linux 5.6.8-desktop586-1.mga7 uhci_hcd|UHCI Host Controller [Hub|Unused|Full speed (or root) hub] (vendor:1d6b device:0001)
hid_generic     : Microsoft Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
hid_generic     : Microsoft Microsoft Wireless Optical Mouse® 1.0A
hid_generic     : Microsoft Natural® Ergonomic Keyboard 4000
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Re: BCM4309 Drivers for Dell Laptop

Postby doktor5000 » May 14th, '20, 17:55

You only posted the information for one box - how are we supposed to know if that is the same device as your other Mageia 5 machine ?

BrentRogers wrote:Any way to find out which one(s) it uses and transfer them over?
ssb : Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries|BCM4309 802.11abg Wireless Network Controller [NETWORK_OTHER] (vendor:14e4 device:4324 subv:1028 subd:0001) (rev: 02)


This one works either with the proprietary wl driver or the free b43 driver, from what I can tell: https://wireless.wiki.kernel.org/en/users/drivers/b43
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