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    Default Step by set instructions for Broadcom in Suse 11

    Hello all;

    I have been reading post for a couple of days now. I would like to find a step by step procedure to installing my Broadcom in Suse 11 similar to the step by step that is available on the openSUSE site for previous versions.

    I have used "ndiswrapper" in Suse 10, 10.1, 10.2, 10.3 with great success and hope to get my wireless to work in 11

    Thank You

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

    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

    finding the right firmware and version of fwcutter. The kernel will install the right driver depending what device/hardware is in your laptop. bcm43xx is deprecated and should be replaced by b43.

    Jan

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    Larry Finger NNTP User

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

    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'
    > (http://wireless.kernel.org/en/users/Drivers/b43)
    >
    > 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

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

    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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