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Thread: 11.2 RC2 - Still need to install BCM4311 firmware

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    Default 11.2 RC2 - Still need to install BCM4311 firmware

    First of all thanks for this great Release Candidate - works fine!

    Just to clarify, that I still have to install the bcm4311 firmware, even this can be read in the wifi network-sticky:

    "This situation is changing rapidly. For example, open-source firmware for the Broadcom BCM4306/3 BCM4318, and BCM4311/1 was just released. Future openSUSE versions will be able to include this firmware and those devices will work immediately."

    I was also confused be this message in the boot.msg:
    Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PML, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]

    But it is still very simple to install - just cableconnect to your router and type:

    > sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    And this time I could install without turning network to ifup (stayed in Network manager) :-)

    Once again thanks and good luck with the GM.

    Jan
    HP Pavilion dv9000, x86-64 bit KDE live cd, BCM4311 wifichip.

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    Default Re: 11.2 RC2 - Still need to install BCM4311 firmware

    janoholm wrote:
    > First of all thanks for this great Release Candidate - works fine!
    >
    > Just to clarify, that I still have to install the bcm4311 firmware,
    > even this can be read in the wifi network-sticky:
    >
    > "This situation is changing rapidly. For example, open-source firmware
    > for the Broadcom BCM4306/3 BCM4318, and BCM4311/1 was just released.
    > Future openSUSE versions will be able to include this firmware and those
    > devices will work immediately."
    >
    > I was also confused be this message in the boot.msg:
    > Broadcom 43xx driver loaded [ Features: PML, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]


    The open-source firmware has run into what seems to be a very subtle
    bug, and is not ready yet.

    One clue. After you install the firmware, copy the contents of
    /lib/firmware/b43 to some external device. Then when you install a new
    version, just copy those files back into that directory. Those files
    are _NOT_ kernel or distro dependent.

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    Default Re: 11.2 RC2 - Still need to install BCM4311 firmware

    Just load the broadcom_wl it works great for me

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