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    deanmoriarty NNTP User

    Default Suse 11 and wifi with BCM4318

    Hi to everyone. I'm a slightly disoriented with this new discussion forum, used to the old one
    So.. I just installed openSuse 11 on my laptop and apparently everything is working great.
    Unforunately the wifi is not working. Wifi card (Broadcom BCM 4318) is beeing detected and linux is also detecting correctly it's MAC address. But if I click on the network icon to see which networks are detected nothing appears (and usually where I live there also always 3-4 networks plus mine). Also if I try to configure a new wireless network with my information, nothing happens.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Suse 11 and wifi with BCM4318

    deanmoriarty wrote:

    > Hi to everyone. I'm a slightly disoriented with this new discussion
    > forum, used to the old one


    I thought a website search was commonly regarded as a solved problem.

    > Unforunately the wifi is not working. Wifi card (Broadcom BCM 4318) is


    You failed to find this:
    http://forums.opensuse.org/showthread.php?t=387758

  3. #3

    Default Re: Suse 11 and wifi with BCM4318

    Never mind,

    the NNTP interface seems to eat some posts..

    Step 1: Going to the homepage and search hardware. This takes you to:
    HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless - openSUSE)

    And looking up your broadcomm card reads:

    "Native kernel driver. Needs firmware however. Install bcm43xx-fwcutter from
    DVD or OSS-repo and run as root the included script:
    install_bcm43xx_firmware from the /usr/sbin directory."

    For the parts of these instructions, just read the manual.

    For the "Install bcm43xx-fwcutter" part:
    YaST/Modules/Software Management - openSUSE

    For the "from DVD or OSS-repo" part:
    Add Package Repositories to YaST - openSUSE
    (Should be already there, though)

    For "run as root" part:
    SDB:Login as root - openSUSE

    In short, for example:

    CTRL-ALT-F2
    root RETURN
    <rootpassword> RETURN
    zypper in bcm43xx-fwcutter RETURN
    /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware RETURN
    logout
    CTRL-ALT-F7
    REBOOT

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    Dieter Brozio NNTP User

    Default Re: Suse 11 and wifi with BCM4318

    deanmoriarty wrote:

    > Unforunately the wifi is not working. Wifi card (Broadcom BCM 4318) is
    > beeing detected and linux is also detecting correctly it's MAC address.
    > But if I click on the network icon to see which networks are detected
    > nothing appears (and usually where I live there also always 3-4
    > networks plus mine). Also if I try to configure a new wireless network
    > with my information, nothing happens.


    This one was a pretty good help for me:
    http://www.linuxwireless.org/en/users/Drivers/b43

    I used the b43 driver with kernel 2.6.25 and I did all the things described
    in the text. After configuring the network parameters in Yast the wireless
    LAN is working fine.

    Dieter


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    nvargas123 NNTP User

    Default Re: Suse 11 and wifi with BCM4318

    I had to use the firmware specified for kernel 2.6.24 (broadcom-wl-4.80.53.0) to make it work. The firmware specified for kernel 2.6.25 didn't work at all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Dieter Brozio View Post
    deanmoriarty wrote:

    > Unforunately the wifi is not working. Wifi card (Broadcom BCM 4318) is
    > beeing detected and linux is also detecting correctly it's MAC address.
    > But if I click on the network icon to see which networks are detected
    > nothing appears (and usually where I live there also always 3-4
    > networks plus mine). Also if I try to configure a new wireless network
    > with my information, nothing happens.


    This one was a pretty good help for me:
    b43 - Linux Wireless

    I used the b43 driver with kernel 2.6.25 and I did all the things described
    in the text. After configuring the network parameters in Yast the wireless
    LAN is working fine.

    Dieter

  6. #6

    Default Re: Suse 11 and wifi with BCM4318

    You can use Wifi-radar

    Download here and try it

    http://packman.links2linux.org/downl...m.1.noarch.rpm

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