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    Question Wireless problem

    Hello everybody ! first i'd like to thank you all for the great deal of time you spend on helping people like me while you don"t really have to help and for contributing to this community of opensource software and operating systems Now let's get to my problem ! I'm finding a hard time getting my wireless card to work, my laptop is a Dell Inspiron 1525 and this is all the info I think you guys might need to help me solve this problem :

    0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g (rev 01)
    --------------------------------------------------------
    0b:00.0 0280: 14e4:4315 (rev 01)
    --------------------------------------------------------
    [ 8.375610] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4312 WLAN found (core revision 15)
    [ 8.390374] b43-phy0 ERROR: FOUND UNSUPPORTED PHY (Analog 6, Type 5, Revision 1)
    [ 8.390436] b43: probe of ssb0:0 failed with error -95

    I guess thats all to it and i hope we can solve this.

    Thank you very much and have a nice day

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    Default Re: Wireless problem

    If you have a wired connection

    do this from a su terminal

    Code:
    zypper ar -f http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/11.2/ packman
    Now please also post the result of

    Code:
    uname -a
    Code:
    zypper lr -d
    so I can tell you which packages to install
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    Hi caf4926 and thanks for the fast reply

    Here are the outputs of the code you asked me to execute:

    for uname -a :
    Code:
    uname -a
    Linux linux-x1gd 2.6.31.5-0.1-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2009-10-26 15:49:03 +0100 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
    as for zypper lr -d
    Code:
    zypper lr -d
    
    # | Alias                               | Name                        | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                             | Service
    --+-------------------------------------+-----------------------------+---------+---------+----------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------+--------
    1 | http-download.opensuse.org-3e39f955 | Updates for openSUSE 11.2-0 | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/11.2/                       |
    2 | openSUSE 11.2-0                     | openSUSE 11.2-0             | Yes     | No      |   99     | yast2  | cd:///                                                          |
    3 | packman                             | packman                     | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://ftp.gwdg.de/pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/11.2/            |
    4 | repo-debug                          | openSUSE-11.2-Debug         | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/  |
    5 | repo-non-oss                        | openSUSE-11.2-Non-Oss       | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/non-oss/    |
    6 | repo-oss                            | openSUSE-11.2-Oss           | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/        |
    7 | repo-source                         | openSUSE-11.2-Source        | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/distribution/11.2/repo/oss/ |
    Thanks again

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    Default Re: Wireless problem

    You should disable the cd/dvd repo
    Code:
    zypper mr -d 2
    Then Please do this

    Code:
    zypper in broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop b43-firmware b43-fwcutter
    Some of them may already be installed and it may drag other stuff in.
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    Hi caf4926 ! I would like to thank you a million its working perfect now ! And since its 1:18am over here I wish you a goodnight

    Best regards

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    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Then Please do this

    Code:
    zypper in broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop b43-firmware b43-fwcutter
    The latter two packages are completely unnecessary when using the proprietary driver,
    b43-fwcutter does not maky any sense at all, when installing the firmware via RPMs in the same command.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Akoellh View Post
    The latter two packages are completely unnecessary when using the proprietary driver,
    b43-fwcutter does not maky any sense at all, when installing the firmware via RPMs in the same command.
    So you are saying this is sufficient
    broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop
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    Default Re: Wireless problem

    On 03/14/2010 10:16 AM, caf4926 wrote:
    >
    > Akoellh;2136374 Wrote:
    >> The latter two packages are completely unnecessary when using the
    >> proprietary driver,
    >> b43-fwcutter does not maky any sense at all, when installing the
    >> firmware via RPMs in the same command.

    >
    > So you are saying this is sufficient
    > broadcom-wl broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop


    Yes. For the wl driver, the firmware is contained within the driver. As the
    firmware is copyrighted by Broadcom, they have the right to distribute it. Only
    the open-source driver (b43) needs to have firmware in the /lib/firmware tree.

    To linux head: When you switch to openSUSE 11.3 or you select the 2.6.33 kernel
    from the Factory repo, you will be able to use the native driver and the wl
    package will no longer be needed. The main advantage is that your wireless will
    no longer break each time the kernel is upgraded. _ALL_ out-of-kernel drivers
    must be replaced whenever the kernel changes.

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    Thanks Larry.
    Good to have an expert on hand
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    Thanks so much for your reply.

    I'll keep an eye out on your replies.
    I learned a lot from this one.

    Not too long ago I had a similar CHALLENGE with my wifi not working.
    I did NOT know what you do so I could NOT get it fixed.
    Instead I istalled WICD and removed Network Manager.
    I've done this BOTH on my OpenSuse and Kubuntu installations, it works really, REALLY great!

    Their site had enough instructions so even a "non teck" like me had no problem getting it properly installed and working right.

    My question is, do you think this may also help others in light of some of the CHALLENGES we see posted about ""wifi" not working right?
    Panasonic Toughbook CF-52 - Intel(R) Duo Core CPU P8400 - 4 Gig Mem 250GB Drive - openSUSE 11.4 (x86_64) - KDE

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