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Thread: Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 bgn still not working with Kali 2.

  1. #1
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    Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 bgn still not working with Kali 2.

    Hi guys,

    just as I expected, my Broadcom BCM43142 802.11 bgn Wi-Fi Adapter is still not working with Kali 2.
    I did a clean install, but after boot there was no option for wireless connections. On Windows everything works fine.
    lspci successfully detects my network card, so that's not it.
    I will include some pictures I made the other day:

    20150812_214006.jpg
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    20150812_213324.jpg

    I hope this is enough information. I really want to experience this new Kali at its maximum.

    I have also included my DxDiag.txt in the attachment.

    I was really looking forward to use Kali 2 and was hoping the BCM issues would finally be fixed.


    Thanks in advance.
    Attached Files Attached Files

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    Did it work with your old Kali Linux Distro ? you can try this http://www.chokepoint.net/2014/04/in...rivers-on.html

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    No, it did not work older Kali distro's either. I have tried the steps in the URL you provided, but it did not work, and it also did not work on the old Kali.

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    1. Make sure in your BIOS that your wifi device is turned on.

    2. If you have a wifi on and off switch turn it on.

    3 Try enabling the device in windows and then leave it enabled when shutting down and then boot into kali and see if your wifi device is present. On some laptops(we have two) if windows does not enable the internal wifi device it cannot be used by linux and all wifi devices fail.

    MTeams

  5. #5
    Rather than doing screenshots, can you do the complete log files?
    The image is blurry and missing some text.

    I know there is various licensing things with b43...
    Make sure to have 'firmware-b43-installer' and firmware-b43legacy-installer' installed (apt-get -y install firmware-b43-installer firmware-b43legacy-installer).
    More information: http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43/#firmware
    Last edited by g0tmi1k; 2015-08-17 at 09:46.
    This is a Kali-Linux support forum - not general IT/infosec help.

    Useful Commands: OS, Networking, Hardware, Wi-Fi
    Troubleshooting: Kali-Linux Installation, Repository, Wi-Fi Cards (Official Docs)
    Hardware: Recommended 802.11 Wireless Cards

    Documentation: http://docs.kali.org/ (Offline PDF version)
    Bugs Reporting & Tool Requests: https://bugs.kali.org/
    Kali Tool List, Versions & Man Pages: https://tools.kali.org/

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    I managed to get a wired connection, and I did apt-get -y install firmware-b43-installer firmware-b43legacy-installer
    It all seemed to install successfully, but after a reboot I saw no difference. It still doesn't seem to be working.

    To confirm I have installed it:

    root@kali:~# apt-get -y install firmware-b43-installer firmware-b43legacy-installer
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    firmware-b43-installer is already the newest version.
    firmware-b43legacy-installer is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 0 not upgraded.
    root@kali:~#


    root@kali:~# ifconfig
    eth0 Link encap:Ethernet HWaddr 8c:dc:d4:85:f6:f2
    UP BROADCAST MULTICAST MTU:1500 Metric:1
    RX packets:10286 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:7286 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000
    RX bytes:11178112 (10.6 MiB) TX bytes:1391070 (1.3 MiB)

    lo Link encap:Local Loopback
    inet addr:127.0.0.1 Mask:255.0.0.0
    inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
    UP LOOPBACK RUNNING MTU:65536 Metric:1
    RX packets:16 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
    TX packets:16 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
    collisions:0 txqueuelen:0
    RX bytes:960 (960.0 B) TX bytes:960 (960.0 B)

    root@kali:~# iwconfig
    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    lo no wireless extensions.

    root@kali:~#
    What could be the cause of this?
    Here is the link to the dmesg log on Pastebin.
    It gives some errors between lines 895-897, but it says 'bluetooth' so I'm not sure if that is helpful.
    Last edited by Y4kuzi; 2015-08-18 at 17:08.

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    finally i managed to install it.
    Maybe this can help for you.

    Code:
     apt-get update 
     apt-get install module-assistant wireless-tools
     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
     reboot

  8. #8
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    No, I get these errors:

    Code:
    root@kali:~# update-initramfs -u -k $(uname -r)
    I: update-initramfs is disabled (live system is running without media mounted on /lib/live/mount/medium).
    root@kali:~# modprobe -r b44 b43 b43legacy ssb brcm80211
    modprobe: FATAL: Module brcm80211 not found.

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    i have the same problem

    I got the same error and have the same card

  10. #10
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    I have the same problem and the same wireless card and the same error is your laptop lenovo g505

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    @darkshadowman thanks! It works! I own a Lenovo G500.
    @Others I am only getting the error that brcm.... is not found (update-initramfs worked).
    lspci prints the following output:
    Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43142 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)

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    anytime.
    we remove module brcm and the error is because cant find the module brcm because is not installed so no big deal!!

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    I solved your problem.

    Here solution step by step.

    1- Do update and upgrade as always.

    apt-get update && apt-get upgrade && apt-get dist-upgrade -y

    2- Install headers.

    apt-get install linux-headers-`uname -r`

    3-Install synaptic.

    apt-get install synaptic -y

    4-Open synaptic and type "bcm43142" and search.

    5-U'll see 3 different drivers.

    broadcom-sta-common
    broadcom-sta-dkms
    broadcom-sta-source

    6-Mark for installation to broadcom-sta-dkms and install it.

    7-Reboot.

    Thats all u need.

  14. #14
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    Thank you SO much maskunderips. I have been fighting with this for the past couple days, but this fix worked like a charm! Thanks again.

  15. #15

    Cool This worked for me

    Quote Originally Posted by darkshadowman View Post
    finally i managed to install it.
    Maybe this can help for you.

    Code:
     apt-get update 
     apt-get install module-assistant wireless-tools
     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
     reboot
    The above worked for me .
    My laptop is Dell Inspiron 3421 Thanks.
    ALso dont forget to turn the switch of your wifi after you reboot

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