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I am a linux newbie interested in getting to know my computer a little bit better. The last time I even tried linux was Ubuntu 8.04LTS (Hardy Heron). I am not scared of the terminal but I am not necessarily great at reading it / knowing commands.

I've been having some major issues getting wireless to work on my hardware (Asus g75vw), despite trying many of the workarounds on the site. I've already tried the following methods, all of which lead to replicatable responses.

  • Using Additional Drivers (jockey) to ATTEMPT to install "Broadcom STA Driver" which results in a hang on "Installing drivers", which also prevents me from closing jockey at all. This does not happen when installing nvidia drivers, so it must be the Broadcom STA drivers causing this.
  • Removing bcmwl-kernel-source and then installing B43-fwcutter and firmware-b43-installer and then Commenting "blacklist bcm43xx"

  • Installing bcmwl-kernel-source in synaptic/terminal which results in a terminal hang on modprobe

  • Attempting a sudo apt-get install --reinstall bcmwl-kernel-source which results in a terminal hang at DKMS: Completed (which requires me to sudo dpkg -r bcmwl-kernel-source at next terminal launch to get back synaptic and apt-get access)

  • Attempting to sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms results in a Program Problem Detected error

  • Atempting to install using bcmwl-kernel-source_6.20.155.1+bdcom-0ubuntu0.0.1_amd64.deb with or without the Ubuntu Software Center results in a Program Problem Detected error similar to the first, and triggers an "Ubuntu has experienced an internal Error" crash.

Any time I attempt to modprobe a wl driver terminal hangs. Other modprobes seem to go through (resulting in a plain yurt@latria: ~S line).

I have sudo rebooted after each of these attempts, to no success.

Here are some of my logs in an attempt to get to the root of this issue.

  • iwconfig

    yurt@latria:~$ iwconfig
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
  • rfkill list all

    0: asus-wlan: Wireless LAN
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    1: asus-bluetooth: Bluetooth
        Soft blocked: no
        Hard blocked: no
    
  • lspci

    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge DRAM Controller (rev 09)
    00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Ivy Bridge PCI Express Root Port (rev 09)
    00:14.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB xHCI Host Controller (rev 04)
    00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point MEI Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 04)
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation Panther Point High Definition Audio Controller (rev 04)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev c4)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 2 (rev c4)
    00:1c.3 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 4 (rev c4)
    00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev c4)
    00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 04)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation Panther Point LPC Controller (rev 04)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation Panther Point 6 port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] (rev 04)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation Panther Point SMBus Controller (rev 04)
    01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: NVIDIA Corporation Device 11a1 (rev a1)
    01:00.1 Audio device: NVIDIA Corporation Device 0e0a (rev a1)
    03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 43b1 (rev 03)
    04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Atheros Communications Inc. AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet (rev c0)
    
  • lspci -vvnn | grep 14e4

    yurt@latria:~$ lspci -vvnn | grep 14e4
    03:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:43b1] (rev 03)
    
  • Program Problem make error upon trying sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms

    DKMS make.log for broadcom-sta-5.100.82.112 for kernel 3.5.0-34-generic (x86_64)
    Wed Jun 26 07:41:36 EDT 2013
    make: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.5.0-34-generic'
    Wireless Extension is the only possible API for this kernel version
    Using Wireless Extension API
    Kernel architecture is X86_64
    LD      /var/lib/dkms/broadcom-sta/5.100.82.112/build/built-in.o
    CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/broadcom-sta/5.100.82.112/build/src/shared/linux_osl.o
    CC [M]  /var/lib/dkms/broadcom-sta/5.100.82.112/build/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o
    /var/lib/dkms/broadcom-sta/5.100.82.112/build/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.c:43:24: fatal error: asm/system.h: No such file or directory
    compilation terminated.
    make[1]: *** [/var/lib/dkms/broadcom-sta/5.100.82.112/build/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o] Error 1
    make: *** [_module_/var/lib/dkms/broadcom-sta/5.100.82.112/build] Error 2
    make: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.5.0-34-generic'
    
  • uname -a

    Linux latria 3.5.0-34-generic #55~precise1-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jun 7 16:25:50 UTC 2013 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
    
  • sudo lshw -c network

    *-network        
            description: Network controller
            product: Broadcom Corporation
           vendor: Broadcom Corporation
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
           version: 03
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
           configuration: driver=wl latency=0
           resources: irq:17 memory:f5400000-f5407fff memory:f5200000-f53fffff
      *-network
           description: Ethernet interface
           product: AR8151 v2.0 Gigabit Ethernet
           vendor: Atheros Communications Inc.
           physical id: 0
           bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
           logical name: eth0
           version: c0
           serial: 08:60:6e:10:af:7e
           size: 100Mbit/s
           capacity: 1Gbit/s
           width: 64 bits
           clock: 33MHz
           capabilities: pm msi pciexpress vpd bus_master cap_list ethernet physical tp 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd 1000bt-fd autonegotiation
           configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=atl1c driverversion=1.0.1.0-NAPI duplex=full ip=192.168.1.5 latency=0 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
           resources: irq:45 memory:f5600000-f563ffff ioport:d000(size=128)        
    

I have plenty of screenshots and links to methods I have tried to use to get this to work but I do not have enough reputation to post them I guess so I can send those upon request I suppose.

I am connected to ethernet currently, but would enjoy having wireless enabled. I have removed bcmwl-kernel-source and am ready to start again clean, so any instructions or help would be appreciated.

Thank you.

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have you looked at How to Install a Broadcom Wireless Driver or enabling wireless hardware in ubuntu. Besides it seems the driver is already enabled and in work. Are you still not able to connect or connection is dropping very fast. First disable from hardware switch, type sudo dmesg -c then again reenable hardware switch and post the content of dmesg –  Web-E Jun 26 '13 at 10:45
    
When using the sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-dkms package A window pops up saying "System Program Problem detected" and gives me an option to submit a report. Looking at the crash log says it fails in a make operation. I have also similarly tried to do the first link's process with no luck at all. –  yurt Jun 26 '13 at 11:42
    
Also, I'm not sure exactly how to disable my driver from a hardware switch -- I don't think I have one. Unless you mean a direct keyboard key or something? –  yurt Jun 26 '13 at 11:57
    
Yea keyboard key or external key any one. I think that is not the problem, problem is with make utility used for compilation. –  Web-E Jun 26 '13 at 11:59
    
I posted my dmesg log but I'm not sure how to fix this if the make utility is constantly breaking. It installs other software fine. –  yurt Jun 26 '13 at 12:01
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