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    Default openSUSE 11 - BCM4311

    I am unable to connect online to my wireless network. I typed /sbin/lspci v in terminal and got this

    Network Controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (rev 01)

    Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device 0465
    Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ17
    Memory at C0300000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16k]
    Capabilities: <access denied>
    Kernel drive in use: b43-pci-bridge
    Kernel modules: ssb

    Ive had many problems with most of the other distros Ive tried. The only distro I was able to fully get working with my wireless card was Ubuntu 7.04.

    Any links to guides on Broadcom cards troubleshooting with openSUSE or any info on what to do next would be great.

    Thanks,
    Powerman2442

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 - BCM4311

    You can follow this website to install your wireless nic.
    SDB:Broadcom (BCM4306) WLAN Installation under SUSE - openSUSE

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    df6269 wrote:
    > You can follow this website to install your wireless nic.
    > 'SDB:Broadcom (BCM4306) WLAN Installation under SUSE - openSUSE'
    > (http://tinyurl.com/pnmpm)
    >


    That website is very outdated. To make your BCM4306 work under 11.0,
    you should look at the sticky entitled "Additional wireless bits" in
    http://forums.opensuse.org/network-internet/wireless/.

    Larry

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    I have the exact same wireless card and followed the instructions in "wireless bits" to install the firmware. The firmware installation went off without a hitch and now my Wlan shows (was greyed out) in Network Manager. However, it still will not connect. I get a wired ethernet connection fine.

    My output from sudo /usr/sbin/lspci -v is identical to the one above. However, I am not picking up any wireless broadcasts. Windows displays at least 4 ESSIDs near me (including my own) but they don't show in Linux.

    I read a post (using google BCM4311) that said that if you are dual booting Windows and Opensuse 11.0 that there is a known problem with powersaving on the wireless chip. It says to boot to windows and go to device manager, click on the wireless NIC and disable powersaver mode.

    I haven't tried it yet, but I'm posting here in the hope someone else may benefit. Will post back the results when I can.

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    Default Re: openSUSE 11 - BCM4311

    Try looking here: b43 - Linux Wireless

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    Quote Originally Posted by incognito9 View Post
    Try looking here: b43 - Linux Wireless

    Yeah, thanks. I printed out that entire page yesterday, but I didn't have to use the bmcutter because the firmware installed natively without a hitch.

    That made some difference in that a right click on the tray icon shows the wlan (no longer grayed out) but does not detect any ESSIDs. I know for a fact that there are at least 4, including my own, within range.

    I just can't pick up an wireless networks. I also couldn't get a response from iwlist scan because the command isn't in my path. I just figured out today that it's in /usb/sbin rather than /sbin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    df6269 wrote:
    > You can follow this website to install your wireless nic.
    > 'SDB:Broadcom (BCM4306) WLAN Installation under SUSE - openSUSE'
    > (SDB:Broadcom (BCM4306) WLAN Installation under SUSE - openSUSE)
    >


    That website is very outdated. To make your BCM4306 work under 11.0,
    you should look at the sticky entitled "Additional wireless bits" in
    Wireless - openSUSE Forums.

    Larry
    In that sticky a lot of the links that are there don't seem to be working.

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    Powerman2442 wrote:
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    > In that sticky a lot of the links that are there don't seem to be
    > working.


    I don't know about that, but the bit about Broadcom lists some commands to use.
    The one link in that part is working. Perhaps the problem is that some of the
    URLs are collapsed into ... in the middle and they don't always expand correctly.

    Larry

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    I now have working wireless in OpenSuse 11.0 with my BCM 4311.

    I found a trick. If you are dual booting, you have to boot into Windows and turn off the powersave options for your NIC. Then reboot into Suse, reset your Network and wireless "should" work.

    If you are not dual booting there may be a powersave option in your BIOS. I would check there too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Psquared View Post
    I now have working wireless in OpenSuse 11.0 with my BCM 4311.

    I found a trick. If you are dual booting, you have to boot into Windows and turn off the powersave options for your NIC. Then reboot into Suse, reset your Network and wireless "should" work.

    If you are not dual booting there may be a powersave option in your BIOS. I would check there too.
    Okay, I will try it out and see how it goes.

    Update: I tried it and I can't seem to find where to turn powersave off. You do need to do it in Device Manager, correct?
    Last edited by Powerman2442; 03-Jul-2008 at 11:15. Reason: Updated info

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