[plug] Error issues caused by chip card OxA886

Brad Campbell brad at fnarfbargle.com
Tue Jun 23 04:51:55 UTC 2015

On 21/06/15 14:09, Craig Foster wrote:
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: plug [mailto:plug-bounces at plug.org.au] On Behalf Of Brad Campbell
>> Sent: Sunday, 21 June 2015 12:13 PM
>> To: plug at plug.org.au
>> Subject: Re: [plug] Error issues caused by chip card OxA886
>> On 21/06/15 11:18, Linda Ray wrote:
>>> Hello Paul and other PLUG members. In case you have more info to help.
>>> After quite a few investigations following some online information
>>> regarding network connections.. it has come down to the fact that the
>>> wifi chip card 0xA886 is not allowing access to wifi.. as it is a
>> G'day Linda,
>> Is this a PCI card or a USB card and does 0xA886 refer to a PCI id or a USB id? Either way, it's only half of the number required to identify the product. I assume its a product id, but we really need the vendor id also to be able to assist.
>> Always up for a challenge.
>> Regards,
>> Brad
> Best guess is the laptop model number is PSKUQA-02H00S, which according to this page:
> http://www.mytoshiba.com.au/support/computers/satellite/l50/pskuqa-02h00s/download?os=32
> is a Broadcom dual-purpose PCIe card - BCM43142
> There seems to be someone building .debs for it near the end of page 1 of https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=145884

Yeah, so a bit of a look around says that this card is supported by the 
Broadcom proprietary wl driver. That's inconvenient but not a show 
stopper (I have the same issue with my Macbook Pro).

Originally I used the source tree from Archlinux, but I ended up using 
the Ubuntu version. I don't build driver packages, I just make && make 
install every time I instal a new kernel (which is not infrequently).

Linda you don't mention which particular flavour of linux you are trying 
to install. In my case (because the laptop does not have an ethernet 
port) I had to install linux with all the dependencies to be able to 
build a kernel, then copy the driver source across using a USB stick.

If you give us some more specifics on what you are trying to install, we 
might be able to help further. lspci says you have a hardwired ethernet 
port, so if you can plug the laptop into the back of the router during 
install to get to the net then you can just install the driver package 
and its dependencies and you should be good to go.

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