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    Default dell m1330 wireless 101

    ok, well I made the switch from Fedora (since v4) to OpenSuse for a few reasons, and pretty happy with the results.

    Wireless (as usual) a bit buggy, so if anyone has some .02 to throw, let me know. Laptop is a Dell XPS M1330, openSuse11 (64bit).

    lspci shows it as;
    0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g (rev 01)

    According to control/hardware, it shows module ssb. Fedora didn't need (after v8) didn't need to go the ndiswrapper route making life nicer, how about opensuse11? If anyone has some help/ideas, as well as what / where to look local as it seems the filesystem is not 100% identical, please let me know.

    Thanks.

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    Default Re: dell m1330 wireless 101

    xlancealotx wrote:
    > ok, well I made the switch from Fedora (since v4) to OpenSuse for a few
    > reasons, and pretty happy with the results.
    >
    > Wireless (as usual) a bit buggy, so if anyone has some .02 to throw,
    > let me know. Laptop is a Dell XPS M1330, openSuse11 (64bit).
    >
    > lspci shows it as;
    > 0c:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11a/b/g
    > (rev 01)
    >
    > According to control/hardware, it shows module ssb. Fedora didn't need
    > (after v8) didn't need to go the ndiswrapper route making life nicer,
    > how about opensuse11? If anyone has some help/ideas, as well as what /
    > where to look local as it seems the filesystem is not 100% identical,
    > please let me know.


    You don't need to use ndiswrapper with openSUSE either. For the BCM4312, the PCI
    bus interface is handled by ssb, which loads b43 - the driver for the BCM. I'd
    have thought with your Linux experience that you would have known to look at the
    output from dmesg. It will show that you need to install firmware for your
    device. To do this, open a terminal and enter the command

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    Fedora does exactly the same step to make the bcm43xx devices work. The only
    difference is they do it automatically when they find the hardware at installation.

    The proper place for this question is networking / wireless. In fact, in that
    forum you will find a sticky that explains all this.

    Larry

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    Default Re: dell m1330 wireless 101

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    ...
    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    Fedora does exactly the same step to make the bcm43xx devices work. The only
    difference is they do it automatically when they find the hardware at installation.
    ...
    Larry
    Shouldn't openSUSE start doing that too? (e.g. in 11.1)
    Seems It would save a lot of support-work.

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    Default Re: dell m1330 wireless 101

    cookdav wrote:
    > lwfinger;1845339 Wrote:
    >> ...
    >> sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    >>
    >> Fedora does exactly the same step to make the bcm43xx devices work. The
    >> only
    >> difference is they do it automatically when they find the hardware at
    >> installation.
    >> ...
    >> Larry

    >
    > Shouldn't openSUSE start doing that too? (e.g. in 11.1)
    > Seems It would save a lot of support-work.


    The first openSUSE distribution where most bcm43xx devices worked
    "out-of-the-box" was 11.0. It is not too surprising that this step was
    forgotten. At least the script is present. I plan to push for automatic
    installation of Broadcom firmware in 11.1.

    Larry

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