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Thread: Cannot start wicd network manager. or enable my WLAN card....

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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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    Am I using the right commands here:
    wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
    tar xjf b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
    cd b43-fwcutter-012
    make
    cd ..


    this gets me to this command :

    *******@*******-laptop:~/b43-fwcutter-012/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0/kmod$

    Im not giving up

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrypt View Post
    Am I using the right commands here:
    wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
    tar xjf b43-fwcutter-012.tar.bz2
    cd b43-fwcutter-012
    make
    cd ..


    this gets me to this command :

    *******@*******-laptop:~/b43-fwcutter-012/broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0/kmod$

    Im not giving up
    Not quite correct - those commands are used to download and install fwcutter from source. You should already have fwcutter installed via apt-get, did you notice the "b43-fwcutter is already the newest version" in the apt-get output? You don't need to install it again unless your version doesn't work, and the fact that your wireless isnt working at the moment doesnt tell you this. Have you worked out what fwcutter does yet?

    Once fwcutter is present on your machine you need to get a copy of the right firmware for your card (there is more than one firmware available, you need the correct one) and then use fwcutter to install it. The right commands are on that page...
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    Hi again Lupin...

    Thanks for the link to the page by the way!

    I understand that fwcutter installs the appropriate firmware for my wlan card.

    Im using Bt4 as my entry project into learning about Pentesting and Debian based machines, So BT4 for seems perfect for this.

    I have read the page you gave me a couple of times and also used Google to try to make sense of how and what I need to do to extract and install the correct firmware for my BCM4312 WLAN Card.

    But I have to say im lost.
    I am not sure what i need to do!

    I am hoping you can get me started by actually giving me the correct commands needed to rectify my cards firmware issue.

    I then will be able to study the commands carefully and teach myself how the commands work.

    This too will teach me the basics of extraction and installation.

    Can you help me out with this Lupin ???

    Scrypt

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    Technically speaking, fwcutter is a utility that is used to extract the appropriate firmware from a Broadcom driver file. Installing the b43-fwcutter Debian package installs this utility, and is apparently meant to also download the firmware for you. I cant recall having good luck with the last part when I tried (the downloading of the firmware), so I did that manually.

    Quote from the page:
    To get such firmware on your system, you must download the driver from a legal distribution point, as noted below. Then you must extract the firmware from that Broadcom driver by using b43-fwcutter (or bcm43xx-fwcutter) and install it in the special directory for firmware - usually /lib/firmware.
    Go to this particular section of the page, scroll down to the table and select the appropriate entry from the table depending on your kernel version (check with "uname -r"). The second entry is probably the one that you want.

    Then click on the Go link in the table to get you to the appropriate set of instructions. Technically you just need to perform the instructions in the second box (the box that starts with the "export" command), but it may be easier for you if you also do the first set of instructions that compile and install fwcutter from source as well. If you get an error with any of these commands, Google the error and research what the command does to see if you can fix it.
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