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    Default Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    Wifi works on 11.3 with installed the broadcom-wi & broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop,but this trick doesn't work on this new 11.4.
    Any suggestion?
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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    Install Broadcom Drivers from Packman

    If you made any attempt to install the b43
    Do this: sudo /sbin/modprobe -rv b43

    Shutdown and then restart

    Check the wl driver function
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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    On 03/10/2011 12:36 PM, caf4926 wrote:
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    > 'Install Broadcom Drivers from Packman' (http://tinyurl.com/2c72nor)
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    > If you made any attempt to install the b43
    > Do this: sudo /sbin/modprobe -rv b43
    >
    > Shutdown and then restart
    >
    > Check the wl driver function


    With 11.4, you may also use b43 with the BCM4313. You need to

    Code:
    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    That command needs a network connection.

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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    Thanks for your suggestion bro,but still ain't work......................
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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    On 03/10/2011 12:36 PM, caf4926 wrote:
    >
    > 'Install Broadcom Drivers from Packman' (Install Broadcom Drivers from Packman)
    >
    > If you made any attempt to install the b43
    > Do this: sudo /sbin/modprobe -rv b43
    >
    > Shutdown and then restart
    >
    > Check the wl driver function


    With 11.4, you may also use b43 with the BCM4313. You need to

    Code:
    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    That command needs a network connection.
    Thanks bro,but your suggestion ain't work.........
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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    Please give the output of "hwinfo --wlan". By default the new brcm80211 module will be used in 11.4 for broadcom wireless devices which is extremely unstable. It may be conflicting with the "wl" driver from packman.

    Also take a look here please:
    opensuse11.4 users who have BCM4013 wireless cards, please pay attention to this thread

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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    Hi all,

    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
    Code:
    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    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:
    broadcom-wl
    broadcom-wl-kmp-default

    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:
    broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop

    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:
    Code:
    05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM43225 802.11b/g/n (rev 01)
    Output from /sbin/lspci -n:
    Code:
    05:00.0 0280: 14e4:4357 (rev 01)
    Output from dmesg | less:
    Code:
    [    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 (1.82.8.0) (Compiled in . at 01:58:44 on Feb 23 2011)
    Output from /usr/sbin/iwconfig:
    Code:
    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
              Power Management:off
    Output from sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan:
    Code:
    wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
    Output from hwinfo --wlan:
    Code:
    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 
      Revision: 0x01
      Driver: "brcm80211"
      Driver Modules: "brcm80211"
      Device File: wlan0
      Features: WLAN
      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)
    Right now I'm trying my hand at installing the driver provided by broadcom (Broadcom.com - 802.11 Linux STA driver) with limited success

    Thanks so much,
    Daniel

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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    Hi Daniel

    From your output, it seems that ur using the brcm80211 driver
    this driver is not very stable as of now (as i experienced similar problem, altho my card is bcm4313)

    u said ur wireless was working fine back in 11.3, did u use broadcom wl driver back then?
    if u did, the quickest way to solve ur problem is prbly just to blacklist brcm80211 and reactivate the broadcom wl driver

    just go to /etc/modprobe.d and edit the file 50-blacklist.conf
    add blacklist brcm40211 to the end

    by doing this, my wireless started working flawlessly again , so it could work for u as well

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    Thanks for the quick response!

    alright, I tried adding blacklist brcm40211 to the end of /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf. Restarted, no difference... Sadly.

    I'd also uninstalled all the broadcom stuff from packman before trying to install the drivers provided by broadcomm, so after having added the line to the end of 50-blacklist.conf I used YaST to install broadcom-wl again.

    Interestingly enough, when selecting broadcom-wl, YaST automatically selected broadcom-wl-kmp-xen instead of broadcom-wl-kmp-default like before. Anyway, I installed it, but wasn't able to boot with that kernel, like before, so I booted with the old kernel again and installed broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop (I have really no clue about kernels, but it worked before so I figured why not try it again). Still can't boot with that kernel. I'm starting to think my newly installed system might be so convoluted that once I get wireless working I'll write down how I did it, do a complete fresh install again and then do just the relevant steps.

    So I guess the problem wasn't brcm40211...

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    Default Re: Wifi doesn't work on 11.4 KDE x86-64 with Broadcom 4312

    u r supposed to just stick with the default kernel and install broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop
    xen as far as i know is for virtual machine
    as for the broadcom wl driver, did u check the kernel version it's for? the last few digit of the version number should give u a clue
    it has to correspond to ur current kernel version, which is 2.6.37.1-2 i believe, otherwise the module wouldnt load

    by the way, can u please post the ur .bashrc file?
    as i accidentally overwrote my .bashrc file just now...

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