I'm also having a lot of trouble getting wireless working with 11.4. It was running fine with 11.3, but as soon as I installed 11.4 I started having a lot of trouble.
I'd already installed 11.4 earlier in the day on another laptop and had similar problems. The hardware was also with Broadcom, I think, but probably an older version and it hadn't ever given me problems in 11.3 before (I'd installed a couple of SUSE versions on that one in the past). This time it didn't work, but I was able to get it working with
That was a 32-bit system. Then I moved on to the next computer, which needs 64-bit. Popped in the 64-bit KDE Live CD (checksum checked it out okay) and installed it without a problem. As I'd expected, though (I knew this from 11.3 on this laptop) it wasn't able to use the WLAN card yet. I tried the same command to install the firmware with an ethernet connection, but it didn't help, even after a restart.
As a next step I added the Packman repository and installed the following packages:
I left the system and it froze after a while, I couldn't even unlock the screen, so I installed the whole system again. This time I installed the two packages above from Packman without using install_bcm43xx_firmware.
After restarting the kernel showed up in grub, but the system would freeze while booting, so I booted with the old kernel and installed:
It would boot, but also wasn't able to use the wireless card.
Now I'm not sure where to go or what to do from here. Anybody have any tips? I'd greatly appreciate them!!
Here's some additional info:
The wireless switch on my laptop is turned on, but the light indicating that it's on isn't.
Every time I enable wireless in KNetworkManager the "show more" button pops u for a second and then disappears. The button doesn't stay checked.
Output from /sbin/lspci:
Output from /sbin/lspci -n:
05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43225 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
Output from dmesg | less:
05:00.0 0280: 14e4:4357 (rev 01)
Output from /usr/sbin/iwconfig:
[ 7.906684] brcm80211: module is from the staging directory, the quality is unknown, you have been warned.
[ 7.909543] brcm80211 0000:05:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 17 (level, low) -> IRQ 17
[ 7.909553] brcm80211 0000:05:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[ 8.229200] wlc_bmac_attach:: deviceid 0x4357 nbands 1 board 0x4da macaddr: 00:26:82:ad:65:98
[ 8.673286] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm 'minstrel_ht'
[ 8.673741] wl_set_hint: Sending country code US to MAC80211
[ 8.673747] wl0: Broadcom BCM43xx 802.11 MAC80211 Driver 5.75.11 (188.8.131.52) (Compiled in . at 01:58:44 on Feb 23 2011)
Output from sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan:
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bgn ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=off
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Output from hwinfo --wlan:
wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
Right now I'm trying my hand at installing the driver provided by broadcom (Broadcom.com - 802.11 Linux STA driver) with limited success
16: PCI 500.0: 0282 WLAN controller
[Created at pci.318]
Unique ID: y9sn.9jxkxN6uGA4
Parent ID: qTvu.ol2YwXEQdsC
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:05:00.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:05:00.0
Hardware Class: network
Model: "Broadcom WLAN controller"
Vendor: pci 0x14e4 "Broadcom"
Device: pci 0x4357
SubVendor: pci 0x14e4 "Broadcom"
SubDevice: pci 0x04da
Driver Modules: "brcm80211"
Device File: wlan0
Memory Range: 0xd6400000-0xd6403fff (rw,non-prefetchable)
IRQ: 17 (no events)
HW Address: 00:26:82:ad:65:98
Link detected: yes
WLAN channels: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
WLAN frequencies: 2.412 2.417 2.422 2.427 2.432 2.437 2.442 2.447 2.452 2.457 2.462
WLAN encryption modes: WEP40 WEP104 TKIP CCMP
WLAN authentication modes: open sharedkey wpa-psk wpa-eap
Module Alias: "pci:v000014E4d00004357sv000014E4sd000004DAbc02sc80i00"
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: brcm80211 is active
Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe brcm;)80211"
Driver Info #1:
Driver Status: wl is active
Driver Activation Cmd: "modprobe wl"
Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #7 (PCI bridge)
Thanks so much,