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G75VX 802.11ac Linux trouble

AYADI_AS
Level 7
Hey guys,
I am somehow confronting to an embarrassing problem, the Wireless card from Broadcom 802.11ac on the G75vx doesn't work in Linux, after some research I found out that there is no suitable driver for the card with the controller from Asus, for me Windows is just for GAMING :cool: and for office stuff, but life isn't just like this:(, I have to work and only on Linux distributions.
So if someone knows how to deal with this please help,:p
And please if someone knows if Asus is planing to provide this driver, could he tell us.
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rewben
Level 13
yeah; just recently a friend in the forum found the driver for w7 in another ASUS product. maybe it can give you some clues to look for compatible linux drivers.

alternatively, you can try desktop virtualization (running linux in vm environment).

rewben wrote:
yeah; just recently a friend in the forum found the driver for w7 in another ASUS product. maybe it can give you some clues to look for compatible linux drivers.

alternatively, you can try desktop virtualization (running linux in vm environment).


I already have seen it 😄 trust me if I told I've been googling and everything for about 2 weeks
for the virtualization it won't give me much from hardware, frankly with this laptop I was thinking of lunching many virtualized OS with a Linux host

I am thinking of changing the card or have an USB one but this is not the best solution

anyway thank you for the advice

Zygomorphic
Level 17
ASUS doesn't officially support LINUX on any of their systems. 😞 Does broadcom provide anything? I know that my Atheros (802.11n) card is supported perfectly under LINUX, so if it comes down to it, you could always change the wireless card. I can't say that is the best solution (a driver would be nicer), but it would work, since LINUX WiFi support is really slow. 😞 What distro did you try?
I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee! 🙂
LINUX Users, we have a group!
http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

Zygomorphic wrote:
ASUS doesn't officially support LINUX on any of their systems. 😞 Does broadcom provide anything? I know that my Atheros (802.11n) card is supported perfectly under LINUX, so if it comes down to it, you could always change the wireless card. I can't say that is the best solution (a driver would be nicer), but it would work, since LINUX WiFi support is really slow. 😞 What distro did you try?


I've already seen the modules from Broadcom that won't work here you can see that it isn't supported the linux distro won't affect in anyway, the last thing that I am thinking about is to see if the newest kernels have something for this if I don't find I'll have to change the card

AYADI.AS wrote:
I've already seen the modules from Broadcom that won't work here you can see that it isn't supported the linux distro won't affect in anyway, the last thing that I am thinking about is to see if the newest kernels have something for this if I don't find I'll have to change the card


I am running kernel 3.8.1 right now on OpenSUSE. It works fine with my Atheros WiFi card.
I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee! 🙂
LINUX Users, we have a group!
http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23

aspyksma wrote:
Which Broadcom 802.11ac wireless card are you using?

For the Asus G75VX there is only this one "03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 43b1 (rev 03)"

Zygomorphic wrote:
I am running kernel 3.8.1 right now on OpenSUSE. It works fine with my Atheros WiFi card.

Of course it should work the Atheros is well supported 😉

aspyksma wrote:
Which Broadcom 802.11ac wireless card are you using?

For the Asus G75VX there is only this one "03:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation Device 43b1 (rev 03)"

Zygomorphic wrote:
I am running kernel 3.8.1 right now on OpenSUSE. It works fine with my Atheros WiFi card.

Of course it should work the Atheros is well supported 😉

Read this thread:

https://bugs.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/linux/+bug/1173761

more to the point, entry #25

It looks like Anthony Wong created a driver for it

http://people.canonical.com/~ypwong/drivers/broadcom/

There is a 32 and 64 bit version

I downloaded it, compiled it, installed it, rebooted, and I got the wireless card to work. There are issues, but it works. (issues such as I am not sure it turns off when the machine is sleeping, you can not use the hw buttons to turn it off )

make

make install

depmod -a

modeprobe wl

Great work, @derrickdp! +rep for a good solution. The hw buttons turning the wireless card on and off are a function of the keyboard driver+the shell controlling the wireless driver, not the wireless driver itself. LINUX Mint ships with a driver for the ASUS laptops built into the kernel, so I think that Ubuntu might as well.
I am disturbed because I cannot break my system...found out there were others trying to cope! We have a support group on here, if your system will not break, please join!
http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=16
We now have 178 people whose systems will not break! Yippee! 🙂
LINUX Users, we have a group!
http://rog.asus.com/forum/group.php?groupid=23