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

    The BCM4318 works with driver b43. There is one PCI version that needs an SPROM
    modification to work, but all others work. One thing to check is that the
    firmware is available. Use the 'dmesg | grep b43' command to check for messages.

    You should use NetworkManager to control your devices. It will give preference
    to a wired interface over wireless.

    Larry

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

    A kernel update later and still no change - I can detect access points but can't connect to my own. Portablesuse pendrive got hosed by same kernel update* so I can't tell you if it still connects fine or not. Again, install went fine, and I've confirmed b43 directory. Is there a log to catch what happens when it tries to connect and fails? -GEF

    *Hosed is the wrong word, perhaps, but it appears that the boot-related config files require some manual modification which I haven't had time to boot yet. I've been using the pendrive for Linux evangelism and bought a usb wifi dongle to go with it; that's what I'm using now to connect with my own laptop. But I'd prefer to get b43 workin' as I have to use ndiswrapper for the dongle.

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

    BTW, here's output from dmesg|grep b43

    linux-qygn:/home/jeff # dmesg|grep b43
    b43-phy0: Broadcom 4311 WLAN found
    input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input10
    b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 410.2160 (2007-05-26 15:32:10)
    Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
    Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
    Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio

    That's what it's supposed to show, right?

    GEF

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

    Yes, that is correct. The 4311 should work using NetworkManager. Open the applet
    and create a new connection.

    Larry

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    No joy. I can see a list of access points, but I can't connect. Honestly I'd've assumed it was hopeless and used ndiswrapper by now, were it not working on the same laptop with the flashdrive. Since I hosed that up I decided to reinstall to flash and see if I could figure out what I did right. Clean install, only download (by ethernet) is b43 driver, can't connect wirelessly! I don't know how I got it working before; having no fear that it might fail I simply typed the command, configured in yast, and connected. I just don't remember which if any patches or packages were installed at the time. The driver doesn't have any dependencies that aren't on the KDE Live CD, does it? -GEF

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

    gfagan wrote:
    > No joy. I can see a list of access points, but I can't connect. Honestly
    > I'd've assumed it was hopeless and used ndiswrapper by now, were it not
    > working on the same laptop with the flashdrive. Since I hosed that up I
    > decided to reinstall to flash and see if I could figure out what I did
    > right. Clean install, only download (by ethernet) is b43 driver, can't
    > connect wirelessly! I don't know how I got it working before; having no
    > fear that it might fail I simply typed the command, configured in yast,
    > and connected. I just don't remember which if any patches or packages
    > were installed at the time. The driver doesn't have any dependencies
    > that aren't on the KDE Live CD, does it? -GEF


    The only dependencies needed are the firmware and wpa_supplicant. I would not
    recommend configuring with YaST, other than telling it that you want to use
    NetworkManager to control the device. Then use the KNM applet to add a new
    connection and fill in all the blanks. Do not click on the connect button until
    you have looked at all the "Next" screens.

    Larry

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

    Reinstalled wpa-supplicant, no change. I use WEP anyway. When I installed firmware, I went straight to networkmanager...no luck, so tried yast, then killed networkmanager and tried ifup. Same symptoms across the board, on harddisk install and on new flashdrive install using same computer: Detects, won't connect. Don't know why the first flashdrive install worked, but it worked reliably. I have seen various folks on fora for other distros reporting the same problem, but none reporting a solution other than blacklist b43 & use ndiswrapper. I'm not the least bit interested in aircracking but I'm wondering if installing the software might make my card behave. -GEF

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

    For future reference to anyone searching for this, I wanted to say what I did to get this working with my laptop. I have an Acer 5002 wlmi. It has a Broadcom 4318:

    00:0b.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

    All that I did was:

    1. Install openSUSE 11.0
    2. open terminal and su -
    3. run command: /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    4. Right-click on knetworkmanager icon in system tray and run through the setup for my network (WPA PSK, etc)

    And it works! I did not push the button to turn the radio on/off because I am afraid... I've never gotten it to work in any other distribution. Actually, I've never even gotten the wireless card working in anything other than PCLinuxOS Gnome (only the Gnome distribution, but I dislike Gnome so I wanted to use SUSE which I use on my desktop).

    So, there is hope fellow 4318 users!

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

    I'm connected now, because I finally remembered what was different between my flash & harddrive install: The kernel version.

    In each case, I installed from the cd, ran updates, then installed broadcom firmware...but they were separated by a few days, in which time the kernel version installed by the update had changed. Just rolled back from 2.6.25.18 to 2.6.25.16 and now my broadcom works.

    GEF

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

    well done; we follow these sagas; may you enjoy your broadband at last!

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