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    @ tmq

    I just noticed your post.
    Sorry, I had turned off my notifications on this thread.

    If you are being 'asked for a pw' , then perhaps you already have installed the driver,
    but are just not using the right security id for your router.

    Tell us more about just what's going on.
    Also see what lspci | grep BCM says, and lsmod | grep wl.

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    Having reviewed this thread, I offer this summary, FWIW.

    I have a Dell 1545 that's about two years old. It has a Broadcom wifi
    which uses the wl driver. Knoppixes from 6.2 through 6.7.1, luckily
    for me, work without any attention on my part to identify and to
    install this driver. Very few other Linuxes do so without a LOT of
    extra effort.

    However, I observe that getting the right match for a Broadcom wifi
    can be a tricky matter. I recommend the following reference in sorting
    this out, at least insofar as deciding which Dells work with wl:
    http://www.broadcom.com/docs/linux_sta/README.txt

    In my case, lspci -n | grep 14e4 gives 0c:00.0 0280: 14e4:4315 (rev 01)
    and I did not need to dis-install any other drivers nor change any
    blacklists.

    This thread shows how Alphonsu worked through this problem for a
    situation that required actually removing some conflicting drivers
    as suggested in the Broadcom reference. His post #19 seems to spell-out
    the secret to solving his problem.

    If all else fails, perhaps a personal message to Klaus2008 may get
    you some competent and patient help.

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    I greatly appreciate the help; in the end I concluded Knoppix would fit well as my desktop's 2nd linux OS. Even so, I'm sure I'll have more questions in the future

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    @ tmq

    Nice to hear your appreciation,
    but can't imagine Knoppix as #2.
    ;D

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    Why not #2?

    Knoppix cannot handle users, does not use passwords and isn't designed for security updates.

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    Greetings, Werner.

    I can't imagine Knoppix as my #2 Linux.
    It best meets my needs & lack of expertise.

    I think your comment may be the best short answer
    to the question of how Knoppix & Debian are different.

    I can imagine more expert Linux users, certainly commercial
    and professional users, may have other first choices.

    Also, I count on you, KK and a few others on this
    forum to keep me out of trouble.

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    Hi everyone,

    Tried to make Broadcom BCM43224 work on Knoppix 7.0.2 on a USB stick, but could install broadcom-sta-common using

    Code:
    sudo apt-get update
    sudo apt-get install broadcom-sta-common
    sudo m-a prepare
    sudo m-a a-i broadcom-sta
    This is my buildlog:


    Code:
    for templ in ; do \
        cp $templ `echo $templ | sed -e 's/_KVERS_/3.3.7/g'` ; \
      done
    for templ in `ls debian/*.modules.in` ; do \
        test -e ${templ%.modules.in}.backup || cp ${templ%.modules.in} ${templ%.modules.in}.backup 2>/dev/null || true; \
        sed -e 's/##KVERS##/3.3.7/g ;s/#KVERS#/3.3.7/g ; s/_KVERS_/3.3.7/g ; s/##KDREV##/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g ; s/#KDREV#/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g ; s/_KDREV_/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g  ' < $templ > ${templ%.modules.in}; \
      done
    dh_clean
    /usr/bin/make clean KBUILD=/usr/src/linux KVERS=3.3.7
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/3.3.7/build M=/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta clean
    make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    Wireless Extension is the only possible API for this kernel version
    Using Wireless Extension API
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    /usr/bin/make  -f debian/rules kdist_clean kdist_config binary-modules
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    for templ in ; do \
        cp $templ `echo $templ | sed -e 's/_KVERS_/3.3.7/g'` ; \
      done
    for templ in `ls debian/*.modules.in` ; do \
        test -e ${templ%.modules.in}.backup || cp ${templ%.modules.in} ${templ%.modules.in}.backup 2>/dev/null || true; \
        sed -e 's/##KVERS##/3.3.7/g ;s/#KVERS#/3.3.7/g ; s/_KVERS_/3.3.7/g ; s/##KDREV##/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g ; s/#KDREV#/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g ; s/_KDREV_/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g  ' < $templ > ${templ%.modules.in}; \
      done
    dh_clean
    /usr/bin/make clean KBUILD=/usr/src/linux KVERS=3.3.7
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
    make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/3.3.7/build M=/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta clean
    make[3]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    Wireless Extension is the only possible API for this kernel version
    Using Wireless Extension API
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
    make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    make[1]: Für das Ziel »kdist_config« ist nichts zu tun.
    dh_testdir
    dh_testroot
    dh_prep
    # Build and install the module
    make -C /usr/src/linux M=/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta
    make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    Wireless Extension is the only possible API for this kernel version
    Using Wireless Extension API
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
      LD      /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/built-in.o
      CC [M]  /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/src/shared/linux_osl.o
      CC [M]  /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/src/wl/sys/wl_linux.o
      CC [M]  /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/src/wl/sys/wl_iw.o
      CC [M]  /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/src/wl/sys/wl_cfg80211.o
      LD [M]  /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/wl.o
      Building modules, stage 2.
    Wireless Extension is the only possible API for this kernel version
    Using Wireless Extension API
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
      MODPOST 1 modules
      CC      /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/wl.mod.o
      LD [M]  /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/wl.ko
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    install -D -m 0644 wl.ko debian/broadcom-sta-modules-3.3.7/lib/modules/3.3.7/kernel/drivers/net/wireless/wl.ko
    dh_installdocs
    dh_installchangelogs
    dh_installmodules
    dh_compress
    dh_fixperms
    dh_installdeb
    dh_gencontrol -- -v5.100.82.112-7+3.3.7-10.00.Custom
    dh_md5sums
    dh_builddeb --destdir=/usr/src
    dpkg-deb: Paket »broadcom-sta-modules-3.3.7« wird in »/usr/src/broadcom-sta-modules-3.3.7_5.100.82.112-7+3.3.7-10.00.Custom_all.deb« gebaut.
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    /usr/bin/make  -f debian/rules kdist_clean
    make[1]: Entering directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    for templ in ; do \
        cp $templ `echo $templ | sed -e 's/_KVERS_/3.3.7/g'` ; \
      done
    for templ in `ls debian/*.modules.in` ; do \
        test -e ${templ%.modules.in}.backup || cp ${templ%.modules.in} ${templ%.modules.in}.backup 2>/dev/null || true; \
        sed -e 's/##KVERS##/3.3.7/g ;s/#KVERS#/3.3.7/g ; s/_KVERS_/3.3.7/g ; s/##KDREV##/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g ; s/#KDREV#/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g ; s/_KDREV_/3.3.7-10.00.Custom/g  ' < $templ > ${templ%.modules.in}; \
      done
    dh_clean
    /usr/bin/make clean KBUILD=/usr/src/linux KVERS=3.3.7
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
    make[2]: Entering directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    KBUILD_NOPEDANTIC=1 make -C /lib/modules/3.3.7/build M=/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta clean
    make[3]: Entering directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    Wireless Extension is the only possible API for this kernel version
    Using Wireless Extension API
    Kernel architecture is X86_32
      CLEAN   /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/.tmp_versions
      CLEAN   /usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta/Module.symvers
    make[3]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/linux-headers-3.3.7'
    make[2]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    make[1]: Leaving directory `/usr/src/modules/broadcom-sta'
    Build time: 33 seconds
    Also tried to install via broadcom-sta-dkms following http://http://wiki.debian.org/wl#Wheezy - but the initial ramdisk could not be updated.

    The same procedure worked fine on a Debian install.

    Any hints? Cheers

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    Greetings, ChriguK

    Your report is important for us to fully understand. Please stay with us.

    First, confirm that Knoppix 7 did not automatically install a working driver
    for your Broadcom wifi.

    Second, why are you trying to use the STA driver? Have you used this driver
    in the past and found that it worked ok for you?
    Last edited by utu; 07-01-2012 at 04:53 PM.

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    Greetings again, ChriguK.

    I think I can help you. Please refer to this confusing reference:
    http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43/

    What it says is the Broadcom 43224 works with BOTH b43 and wl drivers.
    You probably know the wl driver works for you and it's a lot easier to
    get it working with wl. That was the case with Knoppix 6.7.
    Knoppix 6.7 favored wl for this reason.

    Knoppix 7 tries to accommodate all or most Broadcom units and
    does so by eliminating the wl-driver category. We felt safe in doing
    this based on the reference above. If you stare at the table long
    enough I think it says there are NO cases which require wl that are
    not, in principle, ok with b43, given the availability of the required
    firmware.

    The hitch I think you have run into is that if you insist on installing
    wl yourself, said installation will blacklist the b43 driver that is
    probably just fine for your hardware. Things just go downhill from
    there.

    I suggest you start over and see if Knoppix 7 can't install b43 and
    get you going on your way. Forget what you know about wl.

    Get back to us on this either way.
    Last edited by utu; 07-01-2012 at 07:04 PM.

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