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    dantedanger NNTP User

    Default Cant Get Suse 11 to detect Network

    Hi guys,

    Having just installed Suse 11 on my Acer Aspire PC having grown fed up of windows, I've encountered a few problems. I'm not very familiar with Linux, but I thought I'd jump in at the deep end. Basically, it seems to install okay, thought the display defaults to 800x600. Anyhow, I cant seem to get detect the wireless network that I am broadcasting at home.

    The system detects both my wired and wireless network cards. It however does not seem to detect the network. I have set up a wireless network with 4 computers running windows vista and xp, but I cant seem to get this to work.

    Do I have to manually input the default gateway / DNS etc even with a DHCP ste up?

    I have tried to configure the recognised network card, inputting the WPA key etc, but when i search for a network , none are displayed. I am using a Linksys wrt54g router and a Linksys wireless network card.

    Cheers,

    Dante

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    Default Re: Cant Get Suse 11 to detect Network

    dantedanger wrote:
    > Hi guys,
    >
    > Having just installed Suse 11 on my Acer Aspire PC having grown fed up
    > of windows, I've encountered a few problems. I'm not very familiar with
    > Linux, but I thought I'd jump in at the deep end. Basically, it seems to
    > install okay, thought the display defaults to 800x600. Anyhow, I cant
    > seem to get detect the wireless network that I am broadcasting at
    > home.
    >
    > The system detects both my wired and wireless network cards. It however
    > does not seem to detect the network. I have set up a wireless network
    > with 4 computers running windows vista and xp, but I cant seem to get
    > this to work.
    >
    > Do I have to manually input the default gateway / DNS etc even with a
    > DHCP ste up?
    >
    > I have tried to configure the recognised network card, inputting the
    > WPA key etc, but when i search for a network , none are displayed. I am
    > using a Linksys wrt54g router and a Linksys wireless network card.


    Check the output of '/sbin/lspci -n'. If it reports that your Linksys card is a
    BCM43xx, then you probably need to install the firmware. If you have Internet
    access while in Linux, open a console and enter

    sudo /usr/sbin/inxtall_bcm43xx_firmware

    If you do not have Internet access from Linux, check the "Additional Wireless
    Bits" sticky at the start of Networks / Wireless for instructions.

    Larry

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    dantedanger NNTP User

    Default Re: Cant Get Suse 11 to detect Network

    Hi,

    Cheers for that, it is listed as a BCM 4318. I guess this means it that Suse 11 didnt come with the drivers. I'll check out what you said!

    cheers,

    Dante

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    girdance NNTP User

    Default Re: Cant Get Suse 11 to detect Network

    Well, glad you got it fixed!

    My post doesn't matter anymore

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    Default Re: Cant Get Suse 11 to detect Network

    dantedanger wrote:
    > Hi,
    >
    > Cheers for that, it is listed as a BCM 4318. I guess this means it that
    > Suse 11 didnt come with the drivers. I'll check out what you said!


    No, SuSE comes with the drivers. Broadcom does not allow any distro to include
    their firmware. Every BCM43xx user must download one of the drivers that
    Broadcom provides for other OS's, and use a program called b43-fwcutter to
    extract the firmware from that driver, and put it in the right place. SuSE has
    that program - the script uses it.

    FYI, the bcm43xx project is nearing completion on reverse-engineering the
    firmware. When that is finished, every distro will be able to include the
    firmware and the users will only need to install that package.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Cant Get Suse 11 to detect Network

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    FYI, the bcm43xx project is nearing completion on reverse-engineering the
    firmware. When that is finished, every distro will be able to include the
    firmware and the users will only need to install that package.

    Larry
    We're HOPING that the distro's LiveCD will have the package
    pre-installed, so that the wireless will work right from the LiveCD,
    [just like those 'illegal distros' do now]

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    Default Re: Cant Get Suse 11 to detect Network

    cookdav wrote:
    > lwfinger;1832877 Wrote:
    >> FYI, the bcm43xx project is nearing completion on reverse-engineering
    >> the
    >> firmware. When that is finished, every distro will be able to include
    >> the
    >> firmware and the users will only need to install that package.
    >>
    >> Larry

    >
    > We're HOPING that the distro's LiveCD will have the package
    > pre-installed, so that the wireless will work right from the LiveCD,
    > [just like those 'illegal distros' do now]


    With open-source firmware, that is the way it will be. ATM, Broadcom has more
    money for lawyers than do the distros.

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