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Trying to ressurect an Inspiron 6000 (ABANDONED)
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:05:06 pm »
After more than 10 days with no responses, I have given up on this issue.
I have left this post, just in case someone does come up with an idea.

Chalesm

Hello, 

Due to the current 'Global Situation', I'm trying to resurrect my old Dell Inspiron 6000 laptop so that the kids have another computer to work on for the home schooling.  But, I'm not able to get it to register on the internet by wifi.  I would prefer that it worked with the internal card, but I do have a D-Link DWA 171 A1 kicking around as a back up.

With the internal card, the card shows up, but the WIfi Networks is greyed out.  Putting in the information manually doesn't work, either.  The usb adapter doesn't seem to do anything or even be recognized by the system. 

Any help would be appreciated.  Here are the requested outputs:

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$ sudo lspci -vnn | grep -i net
03:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
03:03.0 Network controller [0280]: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:4223] (rev 05)
Subsystem: Intel Corporation PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection [8086:1020]
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sudo lshw -C network
  *-network:0               
       description: Ethernet interface
       product: BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX
       vendor: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries
       physical id: 0
       bus info: pci@0000:03:00.0
       logical name: eth0
       version: 02
       serial: 00:14:22:ef:1b:69
       size: 100Mbit/s
       capacity: 100Mbit/s
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical mii 10bt 10bt-fd 100bt 100bt-fd autonegotiation
       configuration: autonegotiation=on broadcast=yes driver=b44 driverversion=2.0 duplex=full ip=192.168.0.116 latency=64 link=yes multicast=yes port=twisted pair speed=100Mbit/s
       resources: irq:18 memory:dfcfe000-dfcfffff
  *-network:1
       description: Wireless interface
       product: PRO/Wireless 2915ABG [Calexico2] Network Connection
       vendor: Intel Corporation
       physical id: 3
       bus info: pci@0000:03:03.0
       logical name: wlp3s3
       version: 05
       serial: 00:16:6f:4d:48:31
       width: 32 bits
       clock: 33MHz
       capabilities: pm bus_master cap_list ethernet physical wireless
       configuration: broadcast=yes driver=ipw2200 driverversion=1.2.2kmprq firmware=ABG:9.0.5.27 (Dec 12 2007) latency=64 link=no maxlatency=24 mingnt=3 multicast=yes wireless=IEEE 802.11
       resources: irq:17 memory:dfcfd000-dfcfdfff
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iwconfig
lo        no wireless extensions.

eth0      no wireless extensions.

wlp3s3    IEEE 802.11  ESSID:off/any 
          Mode:Managed  Channel:0  Access Point: Not-Associated   
          Bit Rate:0 kb/s   Tx-Power=20 dBm   Sensitivity=8/0 
          Retry limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
          Power Management:off
          Link Quality:0  Signal level:0  Noise level:0
          Rx invalid nwid:0  Rx invalid crypt:0  Rx invalid frag:0
          Tx excessive retries:0  Invalid misc:0   Missed beacon:0
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ifconfig
eth0: flags=4163<UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        inet 192.168.0.116  netmask 255.255.255.0  broadcast 192.168.0.255
        inet6 fd62:8150:3494:0:596d:2962:ca0a:75fb  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x0<global>
        inet6 fd62:8150:3494:0:e088:ed82:df18:eb3c  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x0<global>
        inet6 fe80::e896:bfe4:7c54:f7aa  prefixlen 64  scopeid 0x20<link>
        ether 00:14:22:ef:1b:69  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 365995  bytes 518755134 (518.7 MB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 212808  bytes 20060694 (20.0 MB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
        device interrupt 18 

lo: flags=73<UP,LOOPBACK,RUNNING>  mtu 65536
        inet 127.0.0.1  netmask 255.0.0.0
        inet6 ::1  prefixlen 128  scopeid 0x10<host>
        loop  txqueuelen 1000  (Local Loopback)
        RX packets 2398  bytes 262882 (262.8 KB)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 2398  bytes 262882 (262.8 KB)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0

wlp3s3: flags=4099<UP,BROADCAST,MULTICAST>  mtu 1500
        ether 00:16:6f:4d:48:31  txqueuelen 1000  (Ethernet)
        RX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
        RX errors 0  dropped 0  overruns 0  frame 0
        TX packets 0  bytes 0 (0.0 B)
        TX errors 0  dropped 0 overruns 0  carrier 0  collisions 0
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sudo iwlist scan
lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlp3s3    No scan results
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rfkill list
0: phy0: Wireless LAN
Soft blocked: no
Hard blocked: no

And lastly,

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lsusb
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 2001:3314 D-Link Corp.
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 005 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0001 Linux Foundation 1.1 root hub


Thanks for any help you can give. 

Adam aka Chalesm

BTW, i'M reasonably computer savvy, but this is my first dive into Linux and Peppermint
« Last Edit: April 13, 2020, 04:56:24 am by Chalesm »

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Re: Trying to ressurect an Inspiron 6000 (ABANDONED)
« Reply #1 on: May 09, 2020, 10:55:26 am »
Hi chalesm, sorry that you haven't received any responces to your query. Are you able to connect to the internet with ethernet cable? If so, have you performed all updates and upgrades? Other posters have mentioned that older kernels have helped with compatibility issues presented with older computers.
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Re: Trying to ressurect an Inspiron 6000 (ABANDONED)
« Reply #2 on: May 09, 2020, 12:48:00 pm »
After more than 10 days with no responses, I have given up on this issue.
I have left this post, just in case someone does come up with an idea.

Chalesm
 
BTW, i'M reasonably computer savvy, but this is my first dive into Linux and Peppermint

Hi Chalesm,

Had a similar issue with an eldery Dell Vostro some time ago, it had B43 wifi chip and is in Peppermint repos. B44 is not recognised.

I found two articles, both with similar solutions for 1500 and 1300 Inspiron models.

A: https://askubuntu.com/questions/629981/ethernet-network-card-bcm4401-b0-no-longer-recognised#629997

B: https://askubuntu.com/questions/14970/broadcom-bcm4401-b0-100base-tx-issues

For example where CLI uses gedit, (this text file is no longer used in Peppermint), you need to substitute with nano, this brings up the file within the terminal, for you edit.     ;)

How to use nano: https://wiki.gentoo.org/wiki/Nano/Basics_Guide

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Re: Trying to ressurect an Inspiron 6000 (ABANDONED)
« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2020, 01:23:11 pm »
For example where CLI uses gedit, (this text file is no longer used in Peppermint), you need to substitute with nano, this brings up the file within the terminal, for you edit.     ;)



If the OP (Chalesm) does not feel comfortable with using a terminal-based text editor such as nano, then he can use any GUI-based text editor such as xed (which is the default in Peppermint 10).  ;)

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Re: Trying to ressurect an Inspiron 6000 (ABANDONED)
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2020, 03:45:19 am »
Hello Chalesm

I think you are more technically proficient than me & this may come a little late & I don't know if its of any help but lets see.

I see you've connected via ethernet (no problem there) & your WiFi is enabled - hardware & software switch-wise. As you say your WiFi card is identified by your system & you are trying to configuring it via Network Manager?
I presumed you've installed Pepp 10? If so do you have the same issue running from a Live-USB of Pepp 10? Perhaps a re-download (possible corruption issues)? or maybe a different distro? (see below)

I've got a an Inspiron 1501 which is similar to your Inspiron 6000 - vintage & construction wise. Mine has a 15.6" screen (though only 1280x800 resolution) & its also AMD Turion CPU.
Networking wise it has the same ethernet card as yours (BCM4401-B0) but the WiFi card is also Broadcom (BCM4311). I haven't been able to get my ethernet to work (I think I may of physically damaged the port) but the WiFi works fine - so I have no issue, however I am using Pepp 7 on this machine. I tried upgrading to Pepp 8 when it came out a few years ago & I had issues (hanging at shutdown primarily), which after testing I pinned down to the newer kernel - anything above the 4.4.XXX series.

Now its possible that your WiFi card for your laptop isn't fully supported in the newer Pepp 10 kernel (5.0.0-37 with Hardware Enablement Stack) - but you also mentioned that your D-Link DWA 171 A1 USB adapter is problematic too?
So maybe try running a Pepp 7 Live-USB & see if you have any joy with your WiFi card then?

As a footnote (& perhaps shouldn't say this on the Pepp forum - but for your hardware case it may be useful) support for Pepp 7 will effectively end in April 2021 so I will have to find an alternative (other than compiling the kernel myself for a later version of Pepp  :o) & I have been dabbling with freebsd (nomadbsd is a nice prebuilt 'distro' version - runs from a USB stick, with persistence, but can also be installed). I think all of the bsd's support older hardware though some reading & researching maybe required for specific cases.

I've been a happy Pepp user for a long time - but nothing stays the same/ stands still - good luck.