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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 6:12 pm    Post subject: [solved] Installing Gentoo over Wifi with BCM4311 Reply with quote

It's the first time I'm installing gentoo. I thought it is possible to do that over WiFi using the minimal CD.
But after I loaded the b43 modul i still couldn't find the network interface for my Wlan.
Code:
# iwconfig wlan0
wlan0 No such device

Code:
# lspci
05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g Wlan [14e4:4311] (rev 01)

Wired adapter is found
Code:
# ifconfig eth0
Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr --:--:--:--:--:--:--
UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
RX bytes:0 (0.0 B)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 B)
Interrupt:21


How do I get the WiFi run?


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

HousyHarry,

Welcome to Gentoo.

The Gentoo minimal CD has very little support for WiFi and Broadcom are amoung the more difficult to make work.

You can install Gentoo from any Linux that you happen to have already as nothing from the boot system goes into your install.
The boot system provides only the tools you need to carry out the install. The one constraint is that you need a 64 bit kernel do do a 64 bit install.

If you don't have any Linux CDs/DVDs lying around that will drive your WiFi, then System Rescuse CD is highly recommended.
Its Gentoo based, provides a lightweight GUI, so you can read the handbook and post here while you install and you can follow the handbook with no extra steps.
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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It is highly recommended to use the systemRescue CD - it has kernels for both 32 and 64 bit, and NetworkManager for easy setup. It's XFCE, but I won't hold that against them. The file structure and tools in the live environment are already set up to facilitate using the Gentoo Handbook for installing Gentoo.

That being said, is it possible that the wireless card is being pulled in under a different name? ifconfig and iwconfig, without "eth0" or "wlan0" will list all the networking and wireless devices (respectively) by their interface names. Wireless devices will stil show up in ifconfig. Check those first.

I gotta say though, after wrestling with the Minimal CD with wpa_supplicant and the ath9k driver, the System Rescue CD was a breath of fresh air.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apart from having the b43 module loaded, you need to have the package b43-firmware installed.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 28, 2012 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for your answers. I'll try the SR CD.
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