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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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    phxmckenna NNTP User

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

    I had the same issue on my HP Pavillion dv9208nr. It uses the B43 FWCutter driver - I had followed Larry's suggested "One Line Fix" and it works perfectly for me. Thank You Larry. Matt McKenna

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

    I tried typing that in terminal and each time I get "command not found". Yast says sudo is installed.

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

    wahoospa wrote:
    > I tried typing that in terminal and each time I get "command not found".
    > Yast says sudo is installed.


    Exactly what did you type, and what version of openSUSE are you running?

    Larry

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

    I am using openSuSE 11.0 with KDE. I typed in terminal the following:
    "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware".

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

    wahoospa wrote:
    > I am using openSuSE 11.0 with KDE. I typed in terminal the following:
    > "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware".


    What is the output of the command 'ls /usr/sbin/ins*'?

    Larry

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

    My output:
    /usr/sbin/install_acx100_firmware /usr/sbin/install_intersil_firmware
    /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

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

    wahoospa wrote:
    > My output:
    > /usr/sbin/install_acx100_firmware
    > /usr/sbin/install_intersil_firmware
    > /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware


    Then

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    should work. Please try

    strace sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    This will generate a lot of output, but we should see which command is not found.

    Larry

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