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    Right..

    hi by the way.

    Im having an issue getting my WLAN card working under BT4 pre final...

    I cannot seem to start wicd network manger by using :

    sudo /etc/init.d/wicd start (in the teminal)

    Or by selecting it from Internet - wicd network manager !!

    Nothing happens. no GUI nothing!

    I have A BCM4312 card (I know its not the best).

    but I have had it working before under BT4 beta.

    I can get network with my LAN cable (for support purposes)

    Can someone help me out with this please??

    I ran sudo apt-get update to see if there where any updates that might fix my issue and i got these error messages :

    cannot upgrade to backtrack-web
    backtrack-wireless, backtrack-world
    framewok3
    E: sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)
    postgresql-8.3
    postgresql

    not sure what these mean even after googling but im pretty sure it is why i cannot get WLAN card enabled...

    can any help me to rectify this ??

    here is my output from sudo lshw -C network

    and it states that my wlan card is unclaimed.
    How can I fix this??-

    do I rally need to instal a windows driver to get it working??

    here is the output:

    laptop:~$ sudo lshw -C network
    *-network UNCLAIMED
    description: Network controller
    product: BCM4312 802.11b/g
    vendor: Broadcom Corporation
    physical id: 0
    bus info: pci@0000:04:00.0
    version: 01
    width: 64 bits
    clock: 33MHz
    capabilities: pm msi pciexpress bus_master cap_list
    configuration: latency=0
    *-network

    Okay I managed to get wicd network manger started by the icon for it on my desktop and launching it from there.

    thsi strts wic network manager

    but still no wlan card

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    I suggest editing your posts instead of making multiples in a row.

    You need to start the wicd daemon (/etc/init.d/wicd) AND start the wicd GUI to get wicd to work. And then it will only work if your wireless card has its driver loaded.

    If the driver hasn't been loaded the usual methods to get the card working under Linux will be either using ndiswrapper or applying firmware. Google for your cards name and "Linux" to get more details. If either of these steps are required its also likely that you wont be able to do some of the more interesting wireless stuff (e.g. monitor mode, injecting) with that particular card.

    Also check the dmesg output for info related to your card.
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    Okay point taken about threads...

    i cannot install and the firmware because when itry this

    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter

    I get his error :

    laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    b43-fwcutter is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 0B of additional disk space will be used.
    Setting up postgresql-8.3 (8.3.8-0ubuntu8.10) ...
    Starting PostgreSQL 8.3 database server: main* The PostgreSQL server failed to start. Please check the log output:
    2009-10-07 04:25:00 BST FATAL: could not load server certificate file "server.crt": No such file or directory
    failed!
    invoke-rc.d: initscript postgresql-8.3, action "start" failed.
    dpkg: error processing postgresql-8.3 (--configure):
    subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of postgresql:
    postgresql depends on postgresql-8.3; however:
    Package postgresql-8.3 is not configured yet.
    dpkg: error processing postgresql (--configure):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    postgresql-8.3
    postgresql
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


    I do not know how i can fix this i have been trying most of today...

    can you point me in the right direction and maybe elaborate a little on my error messages please!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrypt View Post
    Okay point taken about threads...

    i cannot install and the firmware because when itry this

    sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter

    I get his error :

    laptop:~$ sudo apt-get install b43-fwcutter
    Reading package lists... Done
    Building dependency tree
    Reading state information... Done
    b43-fwcutter is already the newest version.
    0 upgraded, 0 newly installed, 0 to remove and 4 not upgraded.
    2 not fully installed or removed.
    After this operation, 0B of additional disk space will be used.
    Setting up postgresql-8.3 (8.3.8-0ubuntu8.10) ...
    Starting PostgreSQL 8.3 database server: main* The PostgreSQL server failed to start. Please check the log output:
    2009-10-07 04:25:00 BST FATAL: could not load server certificate file "server.crt": No such file or directory
    failed!
    invoke-rc.d: initscript postgresql-8.3, action "start" failed.
    dpkg: error processing postgresql-8.3 (--configure):
    subprocess post-installation script returned error exit status 1
    No apport report written because the error message indicates its a followup error from a previous failure.
    dpkg: dependency problems prevent configuration of postgresql:
    postgresql depends on postgresql-8.3; however:
    Package postgresql-8.3 is not configured yet.
    dpkg: error processing postgresql (--configure):
    dependency problems - leaving unconfigured
    Errors were encountered while processing:
    postgresql-8.3
    postgresql
    E: Sub-process /usr/bin/dpkg returned an error code (1)


    I do not know how i can fix this i have been trying most of today...

    can you point me in the right direction and maybe elaborate a little on my error messages please!!
    The error above refers to a database server on your system and shouldn't impact on your wireless access. Your output above also says b43-fwcutter is already installed. Next step is to use it to install the appropriate firmware. Google can provide instructions.
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    Every thing I try with B43 FCutter brings up this error.

    Errors were encountered while processing:
    postgresql-8.3
    postgresql

    this is getting annoying now

    where am i going wrong

    can you help me extract and install the apprpriate firmware please.
    all i try is failing

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrypt View Post
    Every thing I try with B43 FCutter brings up this error.

    Errors were encountered while processing:
    postgresql-8.3
    postgresql

    this is getting annoying now

    where am i going wrong

    can you help me extract and install the apprpriate firmware please.
    all i try is failing
    Read this. Yes, the whole thing. The answers are there and I know because I have done this with a Broadcom card myself. And yes, I will test you on that pages contents...
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    Any chance anyone acn post me the correct commands plz??

    Why Doesnt the BCM4312 work straight off??

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrypt View Post
    Any chance anyone acn post me the correct commands plz??
    Do you understand why I didn't just post the commands above, and I instead told you where to look? First of all there's different commands to run depending on your kernel version, and even though one particular set of commands is most likely to be applicable (the second one in the table like I suggested), its good experience to be able to match instructions to the requirements of your system. I also wanted you to get some experience in solving problems for yourself and I wanted you to perhaps make the leap of trying another set of commands if the first set didn't work. These are skills you need before you will ever be able to perform penetration testing, or any serious computer security work.

    My attempts to help you learn to help yourself don't appear to be working too well though, so lets go one step further. Assuming your kernel version is above linux-2.6.25 and below 2.6.32 (the second option in the table as I mentioned above), you would run the following commands, which Ive copied from the page I referenced:

    Install fwcutter from source (not strictly necessary but lets simplify things as much as possible shall we?)
    Code:
    wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
    tar xjf b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
    cd b43-fwcutter-012
    make
    cd ..
    Grab firmware, extract using fwcutter and install.
    Code:
    export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
    wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
    cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver
    sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-012/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o
    If you run into an error, Google the error to try and find a solution and research what the command does.

    Quote Originally Posted by scrypt View Post
    Why Doesnt the BCM4312 work straight off??
    Because Broadcom manufactured the cards to require the use of proprietary firmware in their drivers, and this cant be freely distributed in a Linux system, so it instead has to be obtained by the end user from another location.
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    Hello Lupin

    Cheers for sticking with me...

    think im getting somewhere.

    I ran each of the commands separately from your last post and I seen the actual program being extracted etc. etc, etc,

    The last command gave me this output:

    me@myself-laptop:~/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver$ sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-012/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o
    This file is recognised as:
    ID : FW13
    filename : wl_apsta_mimo.o
    version : 410.2160
    MD5 : cb8d70972b885b1f8883b943c0261a3c
    Extracting b43/pcm5.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode15.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode14.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode13.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode11.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode9.fw
    Extracting b43/ucode5.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals15.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0initvals15.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals14.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0initvals14.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1initvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0initvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0bsinitvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/lp0initvals13.fw
    Extracting b43/n0absinitvals11.fw
    Extracting b43/n0bsinitvals11.fw
    Extracting b43/n0initvals11.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1initvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0initvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0initvals9.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1bsinitvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g1initvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/a0g0initvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    Extracting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
    myself@me-laptop:~/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver$

    I did not receive any error messages. (well none that I noticed).

    Have I done correctly so far?

    Not sure what I need to do now i have reached this command:

    myself@me-laptop:~/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver$

    What should I run now??

    Lupi...

    Using this last command do I need to enter the path to the directory where my firmware is installed myself??

    sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-012/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o

    So I need to change this: "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" to:

    wherever my firmware is kept. (still searching for tis correct path.

    I am on the right tracks??

    me@me-laptop:~/broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver$ sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-012/b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware wl_apsta_mimo.o

    what is the correct path to where bt4 firware is kept. by the way

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    Firmware directory is /lib/firmware, you set it as a shell variable using the export command. Once this has been done, the firmware should now be in a place where your driver can find it, and your wireless card should (in theory) work. Try a reboot and then check to see if the wireless card is recognised.
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