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    dec_lan NNTP User

    Default Wireless not working...I have no idea why not

    Hi, sorry if this is a very dumb post, but it's my first, so please be merciful! http://forums.opensuse.org/images/smilies/smile.gif

    Anyway, I just got rid of Windows XP and installed OpenSUSE 11. I have a little previous experience of Linux, but not much, only a little Ubuntu and Redhat.

    My wireless worked fine on XP, but in this is doesn't. Now my internet works perfectly when an ethernet cable is plugged in (I'm writing from this computer!), but I have no clue how to configure my wireless. By googling, I found this site: Wireless network card - openSUSE . I entered /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware into the terminal and it downloaded something.

    To be honest, I just really have no idea what's going on. If I at least knew the problem, I'd be closer, but I don't. I don't know if this will help, but when I enter iwconfig:

    iwconfig
    lo no wireless extensions.

    eth0 no wireless extensions.

    wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

    wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"belkin54g"
    Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point: 00:11:50:C8:4F:06
    Bit Rate=5.5 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
    Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
    Encryption keyff
    Link Quality=60/100 Signal level=-70 dBm Noise level=-71 dBm
    Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0


    Thanks in advance!

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    Default Re: Wireless not working...I have no idea why not

    dec lan wrote:
    > Hi, sorry if this is a very dumb post, but it's my first, so please be
    > merciful! http://forums.opensuse.org/images/smilies/smile.gif
    >
    > Anyway, I just got rid of Windows XP and installed OpenSUSE 11. I have
    > a little previous experience of Linux, but not much, only a little
    > Ubuntu and Redhat.
    >
    > My wireless worked fine on XP, but in this is doesn't. Now my internet
    > works perfectly when an ethernet cable is plugged in (I'm writing from
    > this computer!), but I have no clue how to configure my wireless. By
    > googling, I found this site: 'Wireless network card - openSUSE'
    > (http://en.opensuse.org/Wireless_network_card) . I entered
    > /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware into the terminal and it downloaded
    > something.
    >
    > To be honest, I just really have no idea what's going on. If I at least
    > knew the problem, I'd be closer, but I don't. I don't know if this will
    > help, but when I enter iwconfig:
    >
    > iwconfig
    > lo no wireless extensions.
    >
    > eth0 no wireless extensions.
    >
    > wmaster0 no wireless extensions.
    >
    > wlan0 IEEE 802.11g ESSID:"belkin54g"
    > Mode:Managed Frequency:2.437 GHz Access Point:
    > 00:11:50:C8:4F:06
    > Bit Rate=5.5 Mb/s Tx-Power=27 dBm
    > Retry min limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thr=2352 B
    > Encryption keyff
    > Link Quality=60/100 Signal level=-70 dBm Noise level=-71
    > dBm
    > Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
    > Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0


    Your wireless seems to have associated with your AP. You can check that the
    firmware installation is OK by looking at the output of the dmesg command. If
    you enter the command '/usr/sbin/iwlist scan', you should see the APs in your
    neighborhood.

    To continue, you need to decide if you want to use NetworkManager or the
    "traditional" ifup. I recommend the former. You need to start YaST (Start /
    Computer / Administrator Settings), select Network Devices and then Network
    Settings. Under the Global Tab you pick the method, then add the details for
    your wireless.

    With NM, you click on the kicker applet, aka KNM (in what Windoze calls the
    System Tray) and select "Edit Connection". In there you can configure the
    connection, then hit "Connect and Save". After that, the main KNM window will
    show that wireless connection and you can click on it to connect.

    Larry

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    dec_lan NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless not working...I have no idea why not

    THANK YOU!!!! I love you...can I somehow carry your babies? THANK YOUUUUUU

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