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    Question Wireless Not Working on Lenovo

    This is my first time using Linux and I am as layman as it gets. But I can follow instructions. My laptop is Lenovo G550.

    After installing OpenSuse 11.3, the wireless was not able to be set up even with a friend who is saavy with the OS. We tried installing a few of the several Broadcom repositories, but with no success.

    Wired connection is fine. What works? Looking for easiest, most compatible install.

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    Follow the sticky posts and put the output from the commands there in here. We have no idea what wireless card you're using. Those commands will help us narrow it down. It's highly likely that it will work if you have patience and work with the people here.

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    Ethernet NIC, Intel WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 AGN (1x2), Intel WiFi Link 5100 AGN (1x2), Lenovo
    Wireless b/g and Bluetooth (optional)
    Now I guess Ethernet works flawlessly. For the 5150AGN if I am not mistaken you have to install the corresponding firmware. I guess your friend who is "saavy" with the OS (whatever this may mean, a very "relative" description of skills, IMHO) should know this and has done this. Please control the obvious. My Lenovo X201 has a stupid but efficient hardware off-switch. Control if it is in on position. This is not a joke, I saw people trying for hours to install wireless because the did not check the latter.
    You need to run the commands in the "sticky" post of this group in order to make clear every chipset. You have to be also very complete in describing what you have already done and what where the results. If not it is arguably impossible to help you with success.

    BTW this should be by now ways a Broadcom but an Intel chip-set. This is why it is so important to post the output of the commands of the sticky thread.

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    Default Re: Wireless Not Working on Lenovo

    Quote Originally Posted by braddonze View Post
    This is my first time using Linux and I am as layman as it gets. But I can follow instructions. My laptop is Lenovo G550.

    After installing OpenSuse 11.3, the wireless was not able to be set up even with a friend who is saavy with the OS. We tried installing a few of the several Broadcom repositories, but with no success.

    Wired connection is fine. What works? Looking for easiest, most compatible install.
    I have a G550
    Works brilliantly
    Install Broadcom Drivers from Packman

    Follow it carefully
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    I apologize for not replying sooner. I did follow the steps, and found that I have a Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g wireless card. I obviously have no idea what that means, but hopefully it'll give you guys an idea of what I'm dealing with here. Thanks for your help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by braddonze View Post
    I apologize for not replying sooner. I did follow the steps, and found that I have a Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g wireless card. I obviously have no idea what that means, but hopefully it'll give you guys an idea of what I'm dealing with here. Thanks for your help!
    Does that mean you don't have it working?

    Post the result of

    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -nnk
    We really only need the broadcom bit, mine looks like this:
    Code:
    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
            Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:04b5]
            Kernel driver in use: wl
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    That is correct, I tried following his steps to the best of my ability, with no luck. Here is what I got when entering your code:

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    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
            Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:04b5]
            Kernel driver in use: wl

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    You have the driver in place.

    Make sure the wireless switch is ON
    Make sure you are using NetworkManager

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    My wireless switch is on. I am using KNetworkManager. Is that the same as NetworkManager?

    I briefly looked over your article, and was able to find that I don't need external firmware. I used the code "sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan" and got the following result:

    Code:
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     Scan completed :
              Cell 01 - Address: 00:1F:33:4E:D2:4A
                        Channel:1
                        Frequency:2.412 GHz (Channel 1)
                        Quality=23/70  Signal level=-87 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"Monty"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=0000008b05921451
                        Extra: Last beacon: 1180ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 00054D6F6E7479
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                        IE: Unknown: 030101
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0100
                        IE: Unknown: 2F0100
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                        IE: Unknown: DD840050F204104A00011010440001021041000100103B00010310470010276C963B511AAECA325460C130E0E985102100074E4554474541521023000857475236313476381024000857475236313476381042000538333235381054000800060050F20400011011001657475236313476382028576972656C65737320415029100800020000
                        IE: Unknown: DD090010180200F0000000
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00
              Cell 02 - Address: 00:14:BF:C0:4A:80
                        Channel:2
                        Frequency:2.417 GHz (Channel 2)
                        Quality=25/70  Signal level=-85 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"Brad7896"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=00000012c1aa5d18
                        Extra: Last beacon: 1122ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 00084272616437383936
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                        IE: Unknown: 030102
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0100
                        IE: Unknown: 2F0100
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                        IE: Unknown: DD06001018020005
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
              Cell 03 - Address: 00:14:BF:BA:1A:3C
                        Channel:6
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Quality=42/70  Signal level=-68 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"janlan"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=000002150ebcf183
                        Extra: Last beacon: 702ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 00066A616E6C616E
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                        IE: Unknown: 030106
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0104
                        IE: Unknown: 2F0104
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                        IE: Unknown: DD060010180200F0
              Cell 04 - Address: 00:23:69:17:F2:B5
                        Channel:6
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Quality=28/70  Signal level=-82 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"DANGER"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=00000452342287d1
                        Extra: Last beacon: 829ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 000644414E474552
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                        IE: Unknown: 030106
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0104
                        IE: Unknown: 2F0104
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                        IE: Unknown: DD7E0050F204104A0001101044000102103B00010310470010138140001DD211B29FFFC67E816B4BFB102100074C696E6B73797310230006526F7574657210240007575254353447321042000C4353563031484248333133301054000800060050F204000110110011576972656C6573732D4720526F75746572100800020088
                        IE: Unknown: DD090010180200F4000000
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
              Cell 05 - Address: C0:C1:C0:16:38:62
                        Channel:6
                        Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                        Quality=34/70  Signal level=-76 dBm  
                        Encryption key:on
                        ESSID:"Internet12345"
                        Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                                  24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                        Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                        Mode:Master
                        Extra:tsf=000000fde3c0085d
                        Extra: Last beacon: 774ms ago
                        IE: Unknown: 000D496E7465726E65743132333435
                        IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                        IE: Unknown: 030106
                        IE: Unknown: 2A0100
                        IE: Unknown: 2F0100
                        IE: IEEE 802.11i/WPA2 Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                        IE: Unknown: 2D1AFE181BFFFF000001000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: 3D1606051700000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: DD810050F204104A00011010440001021041000100103B000103104700109B0FD34781878117CB4E9177860425081021000C4C696E6B73797320496E632E1023000D4C696E6B7379732045323030301024000776312E302E30321042000234321054000800060050F20400011011000D4C696E6B737973204532303030100800020084
                        IE: Unknown: DD090010180202F0040000
                        IE: WPA Version 1
                            Group Cipher : TKIP
                            Pairwise Ciphers (2) : CCMP TKIP
                            Authentication Suites (1) : PSK
                        IE: Unknown: DD180050F2020101800003A4000027A4000042435E0062322F00
                        IE: Unknown: DD1E00904C33FE181BFFFF000001000000000000000000000000000000000000
                        IE: Unknown: DD1A00904C3406051700000000000000000000000000000000000000
    It obviously doesn't look the same as what was posted on the article...but I'm not sure if that helps or not.

    Everytime I try to get wireless, my network manager shows the appropriate hotspots available. When I click one, and enter the password, it says it's connecting for a few seconds. After that, it asks for my password again! The process repeats forever, and I know I'm not entering the wrong password. It wouldn't connect to an unlocked network either. Anyway, I hope that helps. Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by braddonze View Post
    Everytime I try to get wireless, my network manager shows the appropriate hotspots available. When I click one, and enter the password, it says it's connecting for a few seconds. After that, it asks for my password again! The process repeats forever, and I know I'm not entering the wrong password. It wouldn't connect to an unlocked network either. Anyway, I hope that helps. Thanks!
    Hmmm ... My guess is you are a KDE user. For KDE users, is the password not stored in kwallet ? Silly question, but did you setup kwallet ?

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