How do I get my wireless LAN working with Debian Lenny on my Dell E6500?
[the following from my experience with a Broadcom BCM4312, Debian Lenny (amd64 build), Dell E6500]
- connect to the Internet (e.g., via a hardline)
- add this line to /etc/apt/sources.list:
deb http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian lenny main contrib non-free
- apt-get update
- apt-get b43-fwcutter
it will start a UI asking to update firmware. agree.
if not already installed:
- apt-get wireless-tools
- lsmod | grep b43
If nothing listed: modprobe b43
if you don't see a wireless interface, make sure you don't have it turned off via a hardware switch. Reboot.
if you still don't see a wireless interface, try the Debian Squeeze driver. You will have to build it on Lenny:
- aptitude install build-essential debhelper module-assistant quilt wireless-tools
- wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/non-free/b/broadcom-sta/broadcom-sta-source_126.96.36.199-2_all.deb
- wget http://ftp.us.debian.org/debian/pool/non-free/b/broadcom-sta/broadcom-sta-common_188.8.131.52-2_all.deb
- dpkg -i broadcom-sta-*deb
- m-a a-i broadcom-sta
- echo blacklist brcm80211 >> /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf
- update-initramfs -u -k $(uname -r)
- modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcm80211
- modprobe wl
(note: I had to do this with mine, which as pci device id 14e4:4315 [you can find yours using lspci -nn])
(note2: these module build instructions are a summary of those at: http://wiki.debian.org/wl)
if you still don't see a wireless interface, I'm stuck.
- configure connection via preferences network tool.
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