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    Exclamation Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLAN

    Greetings all and hello to the community.

    I've been trying for the past 10 days or so to get my Broadcom WLAN card to work in Linux. I've been through multiple flavors and distributions and am currently working with openSUSE 11.

    As a bit more hardware background, the laptop in question is an HP Mini-Note 2133 with a VIA 1.2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. I'm a complete newbie when it comes to Linux, but I already know how to go between the GUI (I'm using GNOME at the moment) and a terminal, I have root level access, and know how to get around to different utilities in each. I'm running NetworkManager Applet 0.7.0 and I've read through other threads about getting "ndiswrapper" installed, which I've done. I've also configured it to use the bmcwl6.inf file that is the driver for Windows Vista. I know that the device should be wlan0, but I don't see where that gets configured. When I run "ifconfig," the interface doesn't even show up. Here are some various commands I've tried to get more information about this problem:

    Code:
    # iwlist wlan0 scan
    wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
    
    # uname -r
    2.6.25.5-1.1-default
    
    # lspci -v (truncated to display only the wireless card information)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 801.11a/b/g (rev 02)
            Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1370
            Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 24
            Memory at fdffc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
            Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
            Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information <?>
            Capabilities: [e8] Message Signaled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/3 Enable-
            Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
            Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
            Kernel modules: ssb
    
    # ndiswrapper -l
    bcmw16 : driver installed
            device (14e4:4312) present (alternate driver: ssb)
    One (possibly incorrect) tangent I was on was editting the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to add devices, back in Fedora 9 where I couldn't get GNOME to work. Now that it does, I'm leary about editting xorg.conf any more than I have to, but for the life of me I can't figure out where wlan0 is specified as a device.

    Can anybody in the community shed some light on where I need to go next? I have a wired connection that works well, so if I have to download anything or get new repositories or whatever, I can.

    Thanks in advance for your support in this regard.

    - Will "PaleGringo" Bowlin
    Last edited by PaleGringo; 07-Jul-2008 at 15:43. Reason: More accurate title

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    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLAN

    PaleGringo wrote:
    > Greetings all and hello to the community.
    >
    > I've been trying for the past 10 days or so to get my Broadcom WLAN
    > card to work in Linux. I've been through multiple flavors and
    > distributions and am currently working with openSUSE 11.
    >
    > As a bit more hardware background, the laptop in question is an HP
    > Mini-Note 2133 with a VIA 1.2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. I'm a
    > complete newbie when it comes to Linux, but I already know how to go
    > between the GUI (I'm using GNOME at the moment) and a terminal, I have
    > root level access, and know how to get around to different utilities in
    > each. I'm running NetworkManager Applet 0.7.0 and I've read through
    > other threads about getting "ndiswrapper" installed, which I've done.
    > I've also configured it to use the -bmcwl6.inf- file that is the driver
    > for Windows Vista. I know that the device -should be- wlan0, but I
    > don't see where that gets configured. When I run "-ifconfig-," the
    > interface doesn't even show up. Here are some various commands I've
    > tried to get more information about this problem:
    >
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > # iwlist wlan0 scan
    > wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
    >
    > # uname -r
    > 2.6.25.5-1.1-default
    >
    > # lspci -v *-(truncated to display only the wireless card information)-*
    > 02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 801.11a/b/g (rev 02)
    > Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1370
    > Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 24
    > Memory at fdffc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    > Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
    > Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information <?>
    > Capabilities: [e8] Message Signaled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/3 Enable-
    > Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    > Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    > Kernel modules: ssb
    >
    > # ndiswrapper -l
    > bcmw16 : driver installed
    > device (14e4:4312) present (alternate driver: ssb)
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > One (possibly incorrect) tangent I was on was editting the
    > *-/etc/X11/xorg.conf-* file to add devices, back in Fedora 9 where I
    > couldn't get GNOME to work. Now that it does, I'm leary about editting
    > xorg.conf any more than I have to, but for the life of me I can't figure
    > out where wlan0 is specified as a device.
    >
    > Can anybody in the community shed some light on where I need to go
    > next? I have a wired connection that works well, so if I have to
    > download anything or get new repositories or whatever, I can.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for your support in this regard.


    The BCM4312 works with 11.0 using the b43 driver. In fact, I'm using one now.

    The bottom line with the native driver on Linux is that you need to install the
    firmware. It is not distributed by anyone due to the restrictions of Broadcom.
    Because you have network access while in Linux, you should open a terminal and
    enter the following command:

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    This will install the necessary firmware. If you have blacklisted any drivers to
    try to get ndiswrapper installed, reverse those changes.

    To configure the wireless device, you should use YaST. Select Network Devices /
    Network Settings. Your wireless device will likely show up there, but add it if
    not. My preference is to use NetworkManager (selected in the global tab). Once
    you have added the device there and finished, click on the KNetworkManager icon,
    select "Edit Connections" and add a wireless connection.

    If your laptop has a wifi kill switch, please be certain that the switch is on.

    If you have any problems, please post the output of "dmesg | grep b43".

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    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLA

    Thank you for the direct and prompt suggestion, lwfinger. I ran that command while hooked up to a wired connection and got the "b43 firmware successfully installed" message.

    I went into YaST and then to Network Settings, Clicked "Remove" on the currently installed Broadcom card, and lo and behold... it started working flawlessly. I don't know if there's a way I can deify you, but you are a Linux-god as far as I'm concerned. Very amazing, and thank you infinitely for the help!

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    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLAN

    PaleGringo wrote:
    > Thank you for the direct and prompt suggestion, lwfinger. I ran that
    > command while hooked up to a wired connection and got the "b43 firmware
    > successfully installed" message.
    >
    > I went into YaST and then to Network Settings, Clicked "Remove" on the
    > currently installed Broadcom card, and lo and behold... it started
    > working -flawlessly-. I don't know if there's a way I can deify you,
    > but you are a Linux-god as far as I'm concerned. Very amazing, and
    > thank you infinitely for the help!


    You are very welcome. I'm not a god, but I do know my way around the bcm43xx
    software. I am a member of the team that developed that driver. My part was
    minor, but I did get the BCM4311/1 and BCM4311/2 devices working for the first
    time. At the moment, I'm working on reverse-engineering the BCM4310 USB (so
    called) device that is PCI, not USB, and has a new 802.11 core.

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    johnblodge NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLA

    Thank you verrry much for your clear and concise answer to this gentleman's question. I have been struggling for about 4 months and trying at least 6 different 'distros' of linux until finally settling on Opensuse 11.0. With the final release of version 11.0 I was able to get everything working on my HP DV9000 notebook with the exception of the B4312 wireless unit. Your few, but essential instructions took me over the top. Thanks again!! JBL

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    dhewson NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLA

    Thanks from me too. Ive been trying to get broadcom wireless working on a hp laptop for quite a long time, and youre instructions are the first time ive gotten it working with about 8 different distros.

    Thanks, o lord of broadcom wireless.

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    AsusLaptops NNTP User

    Question Wireless SIGNAL weak;, openSUSE 11 vs 10.3

    Asus G1S-B1 (C2D T7700 @ 2.4) w/ Intel 4965. WiFi connects fine when 10.3 is booted. Checked 11.0 WiFi compatability using fresh (just DLd ~1 hour ago) Live CD {86-x64}, noted strength much less, was able to just select the network & connected OK in a few moments.

    After installing 11.0 am unable to connect as the broadcast signal detected is now too low! While 10.3 still has almost 100% strength, automatically connected.
    I am a bit confused as all hardware is the same & works fine w/ 10.3

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    blueflyt NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLA

    Uh, can anyone provide help for me...I'm running a completely wi-fi network and the PC I want to run openSuse on does not have access to an ethernet connection within 100ft. Is there a package I can download to a USB drive on another PC and hook it up to my openSuse box to install? By the way, this problem is unique to openSuse as I've run without any issues Ubuntu and Fedora via wifi.

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    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLA

    @blueflyt
    could you please start a new topic,tacking on the end of one already started probably won't garner the responses you require. Also, have a look at the stickies at the start of the wireless section, plenty of good info there

    Andy
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    kjiqbal NNTP User

    Default Re: Wireless Not Working, openSUSE 11, HP 2133, Broadcom WLA

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    PaleGringo wrote:
    > Greetings all and hello to the community.
    >
    > I've been trying for the past 10 days or so to get my Broadcom WLAN
    > card to work in Linux. I've been through multiple flavors and
    > distributions and am currently working with openSUSE 11.
    >
    > As a bit more hardware background, the laptop in question is an HP
    > Mini-Note 2133 with a VIA 1.2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. I'm a
    > complete newbie when it comes to Linux, but I already know how to go
    > between the GUI (I'm using GNOME at the moment) and a terminal, I have
    > root level access, and know how to get around to different utilities in
    > each. I'm running NetworkManager Applet 0.7.0 and I've read through
    > other threads about getting "ndiswrapper" installed, which I've done.
    > I've also configured it to use the -bmcwl6.inf- file that is the driver
    > for Windows Vista. I know that the device -should be- wlan0, but I
    > don't see where that gets configured. When I run "-ifconfig-," the
    > interface doesn't even show up. Here are some various commands I've
    > tried to get more information about this problem:
    >
    >
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > # iwlist wlan0 scan
    > wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down
    >
    > # uname -r
    > 2.6.25.5-1.1-default
    >
    > # lspci -v *-(truncated to display only the wireless card information)-*
    > 02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 801.11a/b/g (rev 02)
    > Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1370
    > Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 24
    > Memory at fdffc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
    > Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 3
    > Capabilities: [58] Vendor Specific Information <?>
    > Capabilities: [e8] Message Signaled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/3 Enable-
    > Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00
    > Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    > Kernel modules: ssb
    >
    > # ndiswrapper -l
    > bcmw16 : driver installed
    > device (14e4:4312) present (alternate driver: ssb)
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > One (possibly incorrect) tangent I was on was editting the
    > *-/etc/X11/xorg.conf-* file to add devices, back in Fedora 9 where I
    > couldn't get GNOME to work. Now that it does, I'm leary about editting
    > xorg.conf any more than I have to, but for the life of me I can't figure
    > out where wlan0 is specified as a device.
    >
    > Can anybody in the community shed some light on where I need to go
    > next? I have a wired connection that works well, so if I have to
    > download anything or get new repositories or whatever, I can.
    >
    > Thanks in advance for your support in this regard.


    The BCM4312 works with 11.0 using the b43 driver. In fact, I'm using one now.

    The bottom line with the native driver on Linux is that you need to install the
    firmware. It is not distributed by anyone due to the restrictions of Broadcom.
    Because you have network access while in Linux, you should open a terminal and
    enter the following command:

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    This will install the necessary firmware. If you have blacklisted any drivers to
    try to get ndiswrapper installed, reverse those changes.

    To configure the wireless device, you should use YaST. Select Network Devices /
    Network Settings. Your wireless device will likely show up there, but add it if
    not. My preference is to use NetworkManager (selected in the global tab). Once
    you have added the device there and finished, click on the KNetworkManager icon,
    select "Edit Connections" and add a wireless connection.

    If your laptop has a wifi kill switch, please be certain that the switch is on.

    If you have any problems, please post the output of "dmesg | grep b43".




    I have exactly same issue to which you provide the solution. But I am unable to start my wireless with your solution, neither I have any output for "dmesg |grep b43"

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