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Thread: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

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    Question openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    I've had a look at openSUSE 10.3 in the past and it was really nice, except the package management was lacking...it was extremely slow! I've heard that openSUSE 11 has 400% faster package management (or something like that) and it has KDE4 by default. So I thought that I could install it on my new computer I'm going to build with my dad. My dad asked me to teach him a bit about Linux and I decided that openSUSE 11 with KDE4 would be easiest to teach.

    Anyway, for any of this to happen, I'm going to need internet access. There isn't a wired connection. It wireless only, and it's a broadcom based card, meaning I'll have to use bcm43xx-fwcutter or ndiswrapper. I'm just wondering if any of these two (preferably ndiswrapper, because it works better) are there on the KDE4 installation CD by default...

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    Ndiswrapper was installed by default by the KDE4 live disc on my laptop, using the 11.0 RC1 disc. So I would think it safe to assume that the final release will also include it

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    That was fast

    Thanks, that means it will definately work for me

    Also just wondering, will openSUSE 11 use sudo by default or will it use su?

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    Quote Originally Posted by miggols99 View Post
    Anyway, for any of this to happen, I'm going to need internet access. There isn't a wired connection. It wireless only, and it's a broadcom based card, meaning I'll have to use bcm43xx-fwcutter or ndiswrapper. I'm just wondering if any of these two (preferably ndiswrapper, because it works better) are there on the KDE4 installation CD by default...
    b43 and b43-legacy are the successors of bcm43xx, and should work fine, simply install b43-fwcutter, then
    Get the right firmware, extract it, and run
    Code:
    su
    b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware firmwarefile.o
    then reboot, and Network Manager Should work with your card
    "If it ain't broke, find something wrong with it"

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    Cool, seems a lot more simpler than ndiswrapper Is this "b43-cutter" included with the KDE4 CD?

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    It's available in the standard repo, but here's the links to the RPM's anyway
    32-bit
    64-bit
    "If it ain't broke, find something wrong with it"

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    use the B43 driver as mentioned above, I was using Ndiswrapper because it worked, but now that I switched I'm happy to say that b43 works and is way faster for me, plus skips the "configuring" step now. Once you install fwcutter run these comands to get wireless.
    Use version 4.150.10.5 of Broadcom's proprietary driver.
    Download and extract the firmware from this driver tarball:

    export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
    wget http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/b...0.10.5.tar.bz2
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5.tar.bz2
    cd broadcom-wl-4.150.10.5/driver
    sudo ../../b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w "$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR" wl_apsta_mimo.o

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    Exclamation Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    I've finished building the computer! And now openSUSE 11 is on here running fine mostly.

    I've gotten the wireless to work, but for some reason, only unencrypted internet is working. And I want WPA-PSK to work..I can detect wireless networks fine...

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    Larry Finger NNTP User

    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    miggols99 wrote:
    > I've finished building the computer! And now openSUSE 11 is on here
    > running fine mostly.
    >
    > I've gotten the wireless to work, but for some reason, only unencrypted
    > internet is working. And I want WPA-PSK to work..I can detect wireless
    > networks fine...


    Do you have a Broadcom device? If so, and it works with unencrypted
    networks, it should work with WEP, WPA and WPA2.

    Larry

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 and bcm43xx-fwcutter/ndiswrapper?

    I followed the steps above to activate my wlan card on a laptop that I just got. I installed OS 11 today and after following the above mentioned, I got the blue light on the laptop to come on, I just can't see any wireless networks. For my other laptop w/ a broadcom bcm 43xx and OS 10.3 I have to use wifi-radar, knetworkmanager won't work...do I maybe need another program?

    HP Pavillion DV7-1273cl, 4GB RAM, 500GB HDD, Intel Core2Duo 2.2Ghz, Intel Pro Wireless N, 512MB GeForce 9700, 64bit Linux Mint 8 and 64bit openSuSE 11.2

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