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    I just got a new laptop: dell vostro 1320 and it comes with hardware networking hardware(from lspci command):
    broadcom corp BCM4312 802.11b/g.

    From reading on this website, i discovered i had to download some drivers, but to do this (following the directions) I need to be connected to the internet. I assumed this meant just use a wired connection while i set up the wireless. But, for some reason, i cant even get a wired connection to work (i am sure that it isnt a problem with the internet since the same wire works in a pc.

    So, i tried to download the drivers manually and install the rpm package, but i still cant seem to get either to work...

    if i use yast to view the network setting, it shows an ethernet network card and RTL111/8168B pci express ethernet controller. So, i am assuming it is finding them (??).

    Anyways, i dont consider myself a complete linux noob (using opensuse on this laptop, used to use ubuntu on my old one), but i am at a complete loss about this.

    Please help!

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    Default Re: new laptop nic problems

    Hi,

    What kind of problems are you experience when using your ethernet connection. Please advise so we can help you

    Also, I recommend using the below directions for your WLAN card. Of course you need a Internet connection

    su
    /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    /sbin/modprobe -rv b43
    /sbin/modprobe -v b43

    Now, try using if-up configuration in YAST2>network if Knetworkmanager does not work for you. It should though, worked very fine on my vostro 1500 which has almost the same board as yours.
    Opensuse 11.3 KDE 4.4.4, Windows XP. Vostro 1500 with 2.0Ghz Core2Duo and 8400M GS and DELL wireless 1390 Card
    Office: PCLinuxOS KDE 4.3.5 Whitebox, 2GB RAM, 2.8GHz Pentium 4

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    thank you for the reply.

    i cant even get the wired connection to work. When i plug it in to a known working wired connection, it still doesnt work. If i type ifconfig, it only recognizes the local loopback (even when plugged in). I did install the drivers from the dell driver cd that it came with. Restart the laptop with the wired connection in. The light on the ethernet port it on. I really dont know why it wouldnt be working....

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    I don't know what is wrong with your wired connection, but your
    wireless has a so-called LP PHY. You can see this with a '/sbin/lspci
    | grep 14e4' command, which will output something like

    04:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312
    802.11b/g [14e4:4315] (rev 01)

    That 4315 means that your device is not yet supported. In fact, we are
    just writing the code for it. Mine can now receive on channels 6 and
    7, but doesn't yet transmit.

    You need to install the Broadcom-wl driver for your kernel from the
    Packman repository.

    FYI, all this is covered in the stickies at the start of the wireless
    forum.

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    Ok, thanks for the redirection to that sticky - was very informative. So at this point im pretty confident that i could get my wireless working if i could get my wired connection working...

    I think this thread might be in the wrong forum, if it is, please move it to the appropriate one.

    Im at a loss as to why the wired connection isnt working... does anyone have any suggestions? Could it be a driver issue like the wireless?

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    What openSUSE version are you using? I hope you are not using an old version, such as 10.1.

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    korvirlol wrote:
    > Ok, thanks for the redirection to that sticky - was very informative. So
    > at this point im pretty confident that i could get my wireless working
    > if i could get my wired connection working...
    >
    > I think this thread might be in the wrong forum, if it is, please move
    > it to the appropriate one.
    >
    > Im at a loss as to why the wired connection isnt working... does anyone
    > have any suggestions? Could it be a driver issue like the wireless?


    It coud be. What version of openSUSE are you using, and what hardware
    do you have? Without these answers, we have no ideas.

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    Oh sorry, i should have realized.

    I downloaded opensuse and installed it yesterday, so 11.1

    The wired network card is:
    ethernet controller realtek semiconductor co RTL8111/8168B PCI-E gigabit ethernet controller (rev 03).

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    That one should work using the r8169 driver. What does the command
    'lsmod | grep r8169' show?

    One problem with these devices is that Windows turns the device off,
    and the Linux driver cannot turn it on again. Once way around this is
    to go into your BIOS and turn on Wake-on-Lan. Once you do that,
    Windows will no longer shut it down, and the Linux driver can use it.

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    The result of that command:

    r8169 31388 0
    mii 6024 r8169

    Im sorry, i have no clue what this means.

    I will give that bios suggestion a shot.

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