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    Pengs NNTP User

    Default Wait... how does any of this work?

    So I just installed Suse 11 KDE 4 and oh boy do I have no clue what to do.

    I've only ever toyed around with Ubuntu and Zenwalk and they have detectors for wifi signal and everything works within seconds... this on the other hand...

    So pretty much I have no idea what to do or what to run in order to get my wireless working. I've tried all sorts of programs but I really don't know what I'm doing here. When I search, people give such complicated answers. So can I get some simple help here?

    I got a Linksys WMP54GS card.

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    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    bit more info please, so we can advise you on the correct drivers. Have you looked at the stickies at the start of the wireless section ?

    Andy
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    Pengs NNTP User

    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    I did actually and I don't know if its something wrong on my side but I can't install any of the tools such as Wifi radar (does it even work in 11?) and I am not too sure of ndiswrapper. I hear it is sort of a last resort and figured that I haven't tried something logical.

    I guess I'd like to start at the beginning. So lets say I'm off a clean boot, what is the first thing I want to look at and do to try and set up a wireless connection?

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    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    post the output of

    /sbin/lspci -v

    then we will see what drivers may be needed. also, make,model & revision number of wireless device,just to be sure

    Andy
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    Larry Finger NNTP User

    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    Pengs wrote:
    > So I just installed Suse 11 KDE 4 and oh boy do I have no clue what to
    > do.
    >
    > I've only ever toyed around with Ubuntu and Zenwalk and they have
    > detectors for wifi signal and everything works within seconds... this
    > on the other hand...
    >
    > So pretty much I have no idea what to do or what to run in order to get
    > my wireless working. I've tried all sorts of programs but I really don't
    > know what I'm doing here. When I search, people give such complicated
    > answers. So can I get some simple help here?
    >
    > I got a Linksys WMP54GS card.


    I'm going to jump back to the start of this thread because there is
    useful information here.

    Your WMP54GS card has a Broadcom chip. To make it work you need to
    install the firmware for this device. You will need an Internet
    connection to do this. I hope you have a way to connect using a wired
    connection. If so, open a console terminal and enter the following
    command:

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    That script will download the Broadcom proprietary files that cannot
    be distributed by openSUSE or any other distro, extract the necessary
    firmware, and put that firmware in the proper locations. Then your
    wireless device should work. Configure it using YaST => Network
    Devices => Network Settings. My preferred option is to select the
    "Global Options" tab and choose the "User Controlled with
    NetworkManager" option. Unless you really need it, deselect the
    "Enable IPV6" checkbox.

    If you don't have Internet access with this computer, please let me
    know how you can get access, and we can work out a strategy.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Finger View Post

    That script will download the Broadcom proprietary files that cannot
    be distributed by openSUSE or any other distro...

    Larry
    [Sorry to go off-topic, but Larry appears to have no pm-ability.]

    Larry -

    I know of at least 2 distros that DO distribute firmware for numerous
    wireless devices, right in their LiveCD/InstallCD, including Broadcom.

    Are these distros acting illegally?
    Please explain. (Feel free to 'pm' me with this discussion.)

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    Larry Finger NNTP User

    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    cookdav wrote:
    > Larry Finger;1824909 Wrote:
    >>
    >> That script will download the Broadcom proprietary files that cannot
    >> be distributed by openSUSE or any other distro...
    >>
    >> Larry

    >
    > [Sorry to go off-topic, but Larry appears to have no pm-ability.]
    >
    > Larry -
    >
    > I know of at least 2 distros that DO distribute firmware for numerous
    > wireless devices, right in their LiveCD/InstallCD, including Broadcom.
    >
    >
    > Are these distros acting illegally?
    > Please explain. (Feel free to 'pm' me with this discussion.)


    I prefer to keep this public, even if off-topic.

    The firmware is copyrighted by Broadcom. To my knowledge, they have
    not granted anyone the right to distribute it. Thus, they are illegal.
    I'm aware of distros that configure ndiswrapper in their Live CDs. As
    they don't have the right to distribute the Windows driver, that also
    is illegal.

    The bcm43xx development team is working on reverse engineering the
    firmware to make an open-source version. ATM, the resulting code can
    receive, and they are starting on the transmit functions. Once that
    work is complete, anyone will be able to distribute the firmware for
    BCM43xx devices and this problem will be over.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Finger View Post
    The firmware is copyrighted by Broadcom. To my knowledge, they have
    not granted anyone the right to distribute it. Thus, they are illegal.
    I'm aware of distros that configure ndiswrapper in their Live CDs. As
    they don't have the right to distribute the Windows driver, that also
    is illegal.
    As far as I know, that is absolutely correct.
    I will not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. ... Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.

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    Pengs NNTP User

    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Finger View Post
    Your WMP54GS card has a Broadcom chip. To make it work you need to
    install the firmware for this device. You will need an Internet
    connection to do this. I hope you have a way to connect using a wired
    connection. If so, open a console terminal and enter the following
    command:

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    That script will download the Broadcom proprietary files that cannot
    be distributed by openSUSE or any other distro, extract the necessary
    firmware, and put that firmware in the proper locations. Then your
    wireless device should work. Configure it using YaST => Network
    Devices => Network Settings. My preferred option is to select the
    "Global Options" tab and choose the "User Controlled with
    NetworkManager" option. Unless you really need it, deselect the
    "Enable IPV6" checkbox.

    If you don't have Internet access with this computer, please let me
    know how you can get access, and we can work out a strategy.

    Larry
    Alrighty. Now, everything is up and working now, appreciate it.

    The only roadblock was that I had to YaST bcm43xx firmware because the command didn't work. Other then that, everything else is fine.

    I appreciate all the help you guys gave, thats whats so great about the Linux community. Now to go and configure the desktop to my hearts content...

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    Default Re: Wait... how does any of this work?

    Quote Originally Posted by Larry Finger View Post
    The firmware is copyrighted by Broadcom. To my knowledge, they have
    not granted anyone the right to distribute it. Thus, they are illegal.
    I'm aware of distros that configure ndiswrapper in their Live CDs. As
    they don't have the right to distribute the Windows driver, that also
    is illegal.

    Larry
    You say 'they don't have the right to distribute the Windows driver'
    as though you are a lawyer. [Yet, I'm betting that you're shooting from
    the hip.]

    I'm NOT a lawyer. But, I SUSPECT that distributing such
    firmware, and Windows-drivers, is NOT illegal. I'd argue that anything
    that is offered up for anonymous download by the companies that
    own it is then legally construed as 'in the public domain' and is therefore
    legally distributable.

    [In other words, I suspect that the 'distro-owners' have explored the legality
    of this before releasing their LiveCDs, etc. It's been going on so long
    that I would think we would have heard about it by now, and the practice stopped,
    if it was illegal.]

    My 2-cents...

    Dave

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