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    Default Problems with my wireless access to my home network

    Hello,

    I just installed OpenSuse 11.0 and I have encounter problems with my access to the network. I have two wireless devices that use to connect my laptops to the internet and my file server. The devices are a CISCO 350 and Linksys now with Opensolaris and Ubuntu I do not have any problems getting connectivity through the Linksys which is one the reasons I want to use Opensuse I have use Suse previously up to version 8.1 I understand a lot has changed.

    Any way my problem is I can not connect to either of the Cisco or Linksys it gets read but I will not connect even after I enter my WPA Key. I sued a compaq NC6000 with a Broadcom chip.

    Pleaase can anybody help me I need to be able to connect to internet so I can continue doing my studies for the certification I am planing to take.

    Thank you very much.

    Regards,
    Mario Mira

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    Default Re: Problems with my wireless access to my home network

    mmira wrote:
    > Any way my problem is I can not connect to either of the Cisco or
    > Linksys it gets read but I will not connect even after I enter my WPA
    > Key. I sued a compaq NC6000 with a Broadcom chip.
    >
    > Pleaase can anybody help me I need to be able to connect to internet so
    > I can continue doing my studies for the certification I am planing to
    > take.


    Have you installed the Broadcom firmware? Check the sticky at the start of the
    forum for instructions.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Problems with my wireless access to my home network

    Hello,
    Thanks for replying. What do you mean if I installed the Broadcom firmware? My compaq NC6000 has this already integrated so do you mean the firmware for the laptop in all? Please let me know how am i supposed to do that.

    Thank you very much.
    Regards,
    Mario Mira

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    Default Re: Problems with my wireless access to my home network

    mmira wrote:
    > Hello,
    > Thanks for replying. What do you mean if I installed the Broadcom
    > firmware? My compaq NC6000 has this already integrated so do you mean
    > the firmware for the laptop in all? Please let me know how am i
    > supposed to do that.


    The firmware is the code that runs in the processor contained within the
    wireless adapter. It is stored in RAM, and must be reloaded every time the
    interface is started. The firmware is not open-source, thus it violates the
    openSUSE rules for incorporation. In addition, Broadcom has not given anyone
    permission to distribute this firmware. What we have to do is download one of
    the Broadcom drivers for another system, run a program called b43-fwcutter to
    extract the firmware contained within that driver, and install it in a place
    that the firmware loader looks for it. Fortunately, openSUSE has provided a
    script that does all this. Assuming that you have Internet access through a
    wired connection while running Linux, you should open a console terminal, and
    enter the command:

    /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware


    If that runs correctly, then your wireless should be available for
    configuration. If you do not have Internet access when in Linux, the "Additional
    Wireless Bits" sticky will tell you how to do it.

    If you do this step, and it still doesn't work, run the command

    /sbin/lspci | grep BCM

    and post the results.

    Larry

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    Default Re: Problems with my wireless access to my home network

    According too the HP website you need the file named "sp34152.exe" and extract out the bcm43xx.inf file. Here is the address to download from: HP Compaq nc6000 Notebook PC*-* Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver - HP Business Support Center

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    wahoospa wrote:
    > According too the HP website you need the file named "sp34152.exe" and
    > extract out the bcm43xx.inf file. Here is the address to download from:
    > 'HP Compaq nc6000 Notebook PC*-* Broadcom Wireless LAN Driver - HP
    > Business Support Center' (http://tinyurl.com/5zvkqe)


    That is if you want to use ndiswrapper. Before you do that, lets try to get the
    native driver working. That way it won't break everytime the kernel is updated.

    Larry

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