Bug#545388: In /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf, b43 should be b44.
Ok, I think that I have this somewhat figured out. Since I haven't debugged at this level (I'm not a programmer by trade or claim), I think I have found a bug that needs to be reported to someone, but I don't know how or to whom. Does this go to a Debian Developer (I did use the Debian package) or does this need to get to a Broadcom developer?
# original contents was the line immediately below
# install wl /sbin/modprobe -qr b43 ssb; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install wl $CMDLINE_OPTS
install wl /sbin/modprobe -qr b44 ssb; /sbin/modprobe --ignore-install wl $CMDLINE_OPTS
My best guess, was that the reason my wifi isn't working that it's related to the module ssb. I can not keep the module from being loaded and I can not remove the module. After reading some about blacklisting http://wiki.debian.org/KernelModuleBlacklisting I saw that I was not entering 'blacklist ssb' in the correct file and I followed the instruction the the URL. I had previously noticed that there was some dependency of b44 on ssb and I couldn't remove ssb until b44 was out of the way. I decided to (I don't really know why) look at /etc/modprobe.d/broadcom-sta-common.conf and noticed the removal of b43 module instead of b44 module. So when I changed 'b43' to 'b44' I then had wifi. As noted in a previous post, b44 is my wired ethernet.
The only thing that might be a concern, is that my wireless device is named eth1 instead of wlan0. Not that it really matters but in keeping convention, my wireless should be wlanX not ethX.
-- System Information:
Debian Release: squeeze/sid
APT prefers testing
APT policy: (500, 'testing')
Architecture: amd64 (x86_64)
Kernel: Linux 2.6.30-1-amd64 (SMP w/2 CPU cores)
Locale: LANG=en_US.UTF-8, LC_CTYPE=en_US.UTF-8 (charmap=UTF-8)
Shell: /bin/sh linked to /bin/dash
broadcom-sta-common depends on no packages.
Versions of packages broadcom-sta-common recommends:
ii broadcom-sta-source 188.8.131.52-1 Source for the Broadcom STA Wirele
ii module-assistant 0.11.1 tool to make module package creati
Versions of packages broadcom-sta-common suggests:
ii wireless-tools 29-1.1 Tools for manipulating Linux Wirel
-- no debconf information