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  1. #11

    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Quote Originally Posted by wahoospa View Post
    I am using openSuSE 11.0 with KDE. I typed in terminal the following:
    "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware".
    try typing "su" in a terminal first. Enter root password and then the command:

    /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    It's worked for most people (including me) so follow Larry's instructions -- he knows what he is doing.

    Larry, I can't remember. Is it necessary to log out and get to runlevel 3 before doing this or can you run it in a terminal while x is running?

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    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Psquared wrote:
    >
    > Larry, I can't remember. Is it necessary to log out and get to runlevel
    > 3 before doing this or can you run it in a terminal while x is running?


    You can do this at runlevel 5 with X running. As this is the only command that
    needs to be run with root privilege and it includes a full path, I just have
    people use sudo rather than su.

    The check to see if the firmware has been installed is to do the command

    ls /lib/firmware

    If you see directories for b43 and b43l3gacy, it worked and any problems with
    the wireless are likely not due to missing firmware.

    Larry

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    varghese85 NNTP User

    Unhappy Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Doesn't work for me !!!

    I have an acer extensa 4620z
    The b43-fwcutter works for me with kubuntu
    but with opensuse 11.0 x86_64 and kde 3.5, it is not working..

    I did the install_bcm43<>_firmware
    and /lib/firmware/ shows the two directories..

    Still even after reload, yast2 lan restarting the network,
    kde knetworkmanager still doesn't show my wireless lan !!!

    The card itself does not seem to have come up..

    /varghese

  4. #14
    varghese85 NNTP User

    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    The only improvement with the firmware is that the LED for the wireless works. The device isn't up..

    With kubuntu, the LED doesn't work, but the device works..


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    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    What device do you have? You jumped into the middle of another thread. You will
    see that with a /sbin/lspci command. You should also check the output of a
    'dmesg | grep b43' command. That will confirm that the firmware has been loaded
    correctly.

    If all looks OK, please recheck the setup with YaST.

  6. #16
    coolbgny NNTP User

    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Hi after the suse 11.0 i cannot make my wireless card to work ?
    i tried all thwe commands but still nothing
    here is the responces , anyone to help >?

    looks like everything i am trying is denied??


    \
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~> /usr/sbin/install_acx100_firmware
    Downloading firmware
    ######################################################################## 100.0%
    Installing firmwaremv: cannot move `Drivers/Win2000/WLANGEN.bin' to `/lib/firmware/WLANGEN.BIN': Permission denied
    ~
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~> /usr/sbin/install_intersil_firmware
    Downloading firmware
    ######################################################################## 100.0%
    Installing firmware End-of-central-directory signature not found. Either this file is not
    a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In the
    latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found on
    the last disk(s) of this archive.
    unzip: cannot find zipfile directory in one of CC-54g_v1017.zip or
    CC-54g_v1017.zip.zip, and cannot find CC-54g_v1017.zip.ZIP, period.
    ~
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~> /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    Downloading b43 firmware
    ######################################################################## 100.0%
    Extracting b43 firmware
    This file is recognised as:
    ID : FW13
    filename : wl_apsta_mimo.o
    version : 410.2160
    MD5 : cb8d70972b885b1f8883b943c0261a3c
    Extracting b43/pcm5.fw
    failed to create output directory: Permission denied

    Downloading b43legacy firmware
    ######################################################################## 100.0%
    Extracting b43legacy firmware
    This file is recognised as:
    ID : FW10
    filename : wl_apsta.o
    version : 295.14
    MD5 : e08665c5c5b66beb9c3b2dd54aa80cb3
    Extracting b43legacy/ucode2.fw
    failed to create output directory: Permission denied

    b43 firmware installation failed.
    b43legacy firmware installation failed.
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>

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    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Quote Originally Posted by coolbgny
    Hi after the suse 11.0 i cannot make my wireless card to work ?
    i tried all thwe commands but still nothing
    here is the responces , anyone to help >?

    looks like everything i am trying is denied??


    \
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~> /usr/sbin/install_acx100_firmware
    Downloading firmware
    ########################################################################
    100.0%
    Installing firmwaremv: cannot move `Drivers/Win2000/WLANGEN.bin' to
    `/lib/firmware/WLANGEN.BIN': Permission denied
    ~
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~> /usr/sbin/install_intersil_firmware
    Downloading firmware
    ########################################################################
    100.0%
    Installing firmware End-of-central-directory signature not found.
    Either this file is not
    a zipfile, or it constitutes one disk of a multi-part archive. In
    the
    latter case the central directory and zipfile comment will be found
    on
    the last disk(s) of this archive.
    unzip: cannot find zipfile directory in one of CC-54g_v1017.zip or
    CC-54g_v1017.zip.zip, and cannot find CC-54g_v1017.zip.ZIP,
    period.
    ~
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~> /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    Downloading b43 firmware
    ########################################################################
    100.0%
    Extracting b43 firmware
    This file is recognised as:
    ID : FW13
    filename : wl_apsta_mimo.o
    version : 410.2160
    MD5 : cb8d70972b885b1f8883b943c0261a3c
    Extracting b43/pcm5.fw
    failed to create output directory: Permission denied

    Downloading b43legacy firmware
    ########################################################################
    100.0%
    Extracting b43legacy firmware
    This file is recognised as:
    ID : FW10
    filename : wl_apsta.o
    version : 295.14
    MD5 : e08665c5c5b66beb9c3b2dd54aa80cb3
    Extracting b43legacy/ucode2.fw
    failed to create output directory: Permission denied

    b43 firmware installation failed.
    b43legacy firmware installation failed.
    CoolbgNY@linux-idfb:~>

    Hi
    You need to run as root user or sudo as the directories/files are owned
    by root.

    --
    Cheers Malcolm (Linux Counter #276890)
    openSUSE 11.0 x86 Kernel 2.6.25.18-0.1-default
    up 10:00, 3 users, load average: 0.07, 0.06, 0.03
    GPU GeForce 6600 TE/6200 TE - Driver Version: 177.80


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    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Larry, thanks so much for your support of linux-native broadcom drivers. I'm happy to see them working now.

    At least, I'm happy to see them working on my flashdrive install of opensuse 11.0. Since that went so smoothly, I decided it was time to upgrade the harddrive from suse 10.twosie. Clean install, formatted my linux partition, did everything the same to the as on the flashdrive to best of my recollection...including update by wired connection, now showing kernel 2.6.25.16-0.1, before installing driver.

    When I install the driver w/ command discussed above, the card in my HP dv9205 shows a blue LED and detects networks fine, but won't connect. On the flashdrive, it works fine.

    Any ideas how to find the wrinkle?

    Thanks in advance,

    GEF

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    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    I figured that if the kernel and driver were the same (between flash & harddrive install) then the problem must lie with a package, so I upgraded (through yast) all packages that have aught to do with networking. No change. -GEF

  10. #20

    Default Re: Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Finger View Post
    janoholm wrote:
    > Hello
    > I am a newbie so take my advice with care
    >
    > As I understand from those close to dev.people, we shall try to use the
    > ssb/b43/b43legacy-driver complex instead of ndiswrapper in the new
    > kernel, that follows to 11.0. (2.6.25.4-10)
    >
    > I have a very old BCM4301/03 chip and I follow the instructions from:
    >
    > 'b43 - Linux Wireless'
    > (b43 - Linux Wireless)
    >
    > finding the right fireware and version of fwcutter. The will install
    > the right driver depending what device/hardware is in your laptop.
    > bcm43xx is deprecated and should be replaced by b43.


    Ndiswrapper should never be used unless you have no alternative as it
    runs a Windows device driver at the innermost layer of the kernel. Any
    errors in it can and will cause a crash of Linux. What is even worse
    is that the same bug might not cause Windows to error due to
    differences in memory layout, etc. Broadcom is very bad at error checking!

    There is a one-line solution to getting your firmware installed. You
    will need internet connectivity. Open a console terminal and type the
    following command:

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    That script will download the appropriate Broadcom drivers, extract
    the firmware, and place it where b43/b43legacy can find it. You do not
    have any worries about the right version of fwcutter, etc. Once the
    driver is loaded, you should be able to use NetworkManager to connect
    to your network.

    Larry

    Hey does this work for BCM 4318?

    i actually had my wireless card working for a time untill i had plugged in an ethernet cable and the signal had vanished. I was sitting right next to the modem.

    Any how I'm running 11.0 KDE. Also, what network manager should i be using? I think i have two different ones. IDK.

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