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    Default OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    I'm new to linux and decided to toss 11.3 on my old dell laptop to start learning linux. Want to eventually make the switch over but figure taking it slow and learning on an old laptop would be best.

    I went through the installer and everything looks great so far except I can't for the life of me seem to be able to get the wireless working. I tried everything a windows newb like me could think of ... it looks like to me the wireless card is not being used since it can't detect anything? I read some threads and here are the results of common terminal stuff that most people say to do:


    /sbin/lspci

    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 82845G/GL[Brookdale-G]/GE/PE DRAM Controller/Host-Hub Interface (rev 03)
    ...
    
    00:1f.6 Modem: Intel Corporation 82801DB/DBL/DBM (ICH4/ICH4-L/ICH4-M) AC'97 Modem Controller (rev 02)
    
    ...
    
    02:01.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T (rev 01)
    02:02.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller (rev 02)

    /sbin/lspci -nnv | grep 14e4

    Code:
    Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:4d64]
    02:01.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401 100Base-T [14e4:4401] (rev 01)
    02:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4318 [AirForce One 54g] 802.11g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4318] (rev 02)

    /usr/sbin/iwconfig

    Code:
    lo        no wireless extensions.
    
    eth0      no wireless extensions.
    
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=0 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off

    sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan

    Code:
    lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.
    
    wlan0     Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down

    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

    Code:
    root's password:
    Downloading b43 firmware
    curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host 'mirror2.openwrt.org'
    Could not download b43 firmware. Please look at /usr/share/doc/packages/b43-fwcutter/README.
    
    Downloading b43legacy firmware
    curl: (6) Couldn't resolve host 'downloads.openwrt.org'
    Could not download b43legacy firmware. Please look at /usr/share/doc/packages/b43-fwcutter/README.
    
    b43 firmware successfully installed.
    b43legacy firmware successfully installed.

    dmesg | grep b43

    Code:
    [   10.604187] b43-pci-bridge 0000:02:02.0: PCI INT A -> Link[LNKC] -> GSI 11 (level, low) -> IRQ 11
    [   12.821845] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4318 WLAN found (core revision 9)
    [   13.023686] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
    [   13.023708] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
    [   13.023730] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
    [   59.260060] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [   59.310215] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
    [   59.315407] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [   59.315414] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [   59.315418] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware" to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.
    [  102.820051] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [  102.823335] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
    [  102.830018] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  102.830024] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  102.830029] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware" to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.
    [  102.984065] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [  102.989148] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
    [  102.997832] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  102.997839] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  102.997843] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware" to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.
    [  287.816150] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [  287.818894] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
    [  287.824836] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  287.824843] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  287.824847] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware" to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.
    [  287.848055] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [  287.850781] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
    [  287.855950] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  287.855956] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [  287.855960] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware" to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.
    [ 1405.508053] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [ 1405.543559] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
    [ 1405.548375] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [ 1405.548382] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [ 1405.548386] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware" to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.
    [ 2122.892047] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [ 2122.894429] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43-open/ucode5.fw
    [ 2122.899429] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43/ucode5.fw" not found
    [ 2122.899435] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file "b43-open/ucode5.fw" not found
    [ 2122.899440] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command "sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware" to download the correct firmware for this driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    On 07/17/2010 01:36 PM, NewbieLLP wrote:
    >
    > I'm new to linux and decided to toss 11.3 on my old dell laptop to start
    > learning linux. Want to eventually make the switch over but figure
    > taking it slow and learning on an old laptop would be best.
    >
    > I went through the installer and everything looks great so far except I
    > can't for the life of me seem to be able to get the wireless working. I
    > tried everything a windows newb like me could think of ... it looks like
    > to me the wireless card is not being used since it can't detect
    > anything? I read some threads and here are the results of common
    > terminal stuff that most people say to do:


    Your BCM4318 will be supported as soon as you get the firmware installed.
    Broadcom copyright prevents us from including it in the distribution media. The
    script /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware is designed to do this, but it needs
    network access to work as in the case where you have a wired connection. As it
    seems not to be possible on your system, please go to any computer with an
    Internet connection and download the file

    Code:
    http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2
    Now copy this onto the laptop using removable media such as a USB stick and put
    it into your home directory. Now do the following:

    Code:
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2
    b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux/wl_apsta.o
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -rv b43
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -v b43
    Now you should be able to create a connection and get wireless to work.

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    What I usually do is hook the computer up directly with an ethernet cable while I install broadcom-wl and run install_bcm43xx_firmware.

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    On 07/17/2010 01:36 PM, NewbieLLP wrote:
    >
    > I'm new to linux and decided to toss 11.3 on my old dell laptop to start
    > learning linux. Want to eventually make the switch over but figure
    > taking it slow and learning on an old laptop would be best.
    >
    > I went through the installer and everything looks great so far except I
    > can't for the life of me seem to be able to get the wireless working. I
    > tried everything a windows newb like me could think of ... it looks like
    > to me the wireless card is not being used since it can't detect
    > anything? I read some threads and here are the results of common
    > terminal stuff that most people say to do:


    Your BCM4318 will be supported as soon as you get the firmware installed.
    Broadcom copyright prevents us from including it in the distribution media. The
    script /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware is designed to do this, but it needs
    network access to work as in the case where you have a wired connection. As it
    seems not to be possible on your system, please go to any computer with an
    Internet connection and download the file

    Code:
    http://mirror2.openwrt.org/sources/broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2
    Now copy this onto the laptop using removable media such as a USB stick and put
    it into your home directory. Now do the following:

    Code:
    tar xjf broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2
    b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4/linux/wl_apsta.o
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -rv b43
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -v b43
    Now you should be able to create a connection and get wireless to work.
    sweet, that worked perfectly! Thanks.

    Quick question, when I log onto my router, it shows all the connected pc's by their windows computer name. But the openSUSE laptop shows up as "new-host:" ... is there a way to edit the name it broadcasts (ie- to 11.3_test_Box)? thnx

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    On 07/17/2010 04:06 PM, NewbieLLP wrote:
    >
    > Quick question, when I log onto my router, it shows all the connected
    > pc's by their windows computer name. But the openSUSE laptop shows up
    > as "new-host:" ... is there a way to edit the name it broadcasts (ie- to
    > 11.3_test_Box)? thnx


    I expect that it is getting the names for the Windows computers from their
    Netbios broadcasts. To get one from the Linux machine, you would need to set up
    an Samba SMB server. That is probably more work than it is worth, but look at
    that section in YaST => Network Services.

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    thank you

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    Hi. Is the file broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2 also the one for BCM4312? Thanks!

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    On 08/03/2010 01:36 AM, o770 wrote:
    >
    > Hi. Is the file -broadcom-wl-4.178.10.4.tar.bz2- also the one for
    > BCM4312? Thanks!


    You should just use 'sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware' if you have
    Internet access. That firmware will work for the BCM4312. The file above is the
    one that the script downloads.

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    Hi, I've got a similar problem, with a bit of a twist. To all appearances, the wireless should be working. I've gone through the usual setup (install_bcm43xx_firmware) without errors, and I've even gotten the little dashboard wireless led to light up, but no wlan0.

    Here are the logs:

    lspci:
    Code:
    02:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:12f4]
    	Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
    	Memory at e8204000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
    	Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    
    02:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    	Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006b]
    	Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 128, IRQ 19
    	I/O ports at a000 [size=256]
    	Memory at e8208800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
    	Capabilities: <access denied>
    	Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    iwconfig:
    Code:
    wlan0     IEEE 802.11bg  ESSID:off/any  
              Mode:Managed  Access Point: Not-Associated   Tx-Power=20 dBm   
              Retry  long limit:7   RTS thr:off   Fragment thr:off
              Power Management:off
    dmesg:
    Code:
    [   15.465775] b43-pci-bridge 0000:02:02.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
    [   15.601476] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found (core revision 5)
    [   15.768262] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
    [   15.768306] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
    [   15.768343] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
    [   41.593060] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    [   42.008678] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/pcm5.fw
    [   42.184112] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
    [   42.229799] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    [   42.639537] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 478.104 (2008-07-01 00:50:23)
    [   42.785518] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    From what I can gather, openSUSE is loading the firmware like it should, but it just can't seem to get the access point up and running. I'm half afraid this is going to turn out to be a hardware failure issue...especially considering that up until this latest install (I had openSUSE 11.2 previously) I wasn't having any problems with it at all.

    Any help would be appreciated, thanks!

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    Default Re: OpenSuse 11.3 - New to linux and can't set up wireless

    On 08/03/2010 12:36 PM, ZodsUrUncle wrote:
    >
    > Hi, I've got a similar problem, with a bit of a twist. To all
    > appearances, the wireless should be working. I've gone through the usual
    > setup (install_bcm43xx_firmware) without errors, and I've even gotten
    > the little dashboard wireless led to light up, but no wlan0.
    >
    > Here are the logs:
    >
    > LSPCI:
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > 02:02.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
    > Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Broadcom 802.11b/g WLAN [103c:12f4]
    > Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 64, IRQ 18
    > Memory at e8204000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=8K]
    > Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    >
    > 02:03.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ [10ec:8139] (rev 10)
    > Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device [103c:006b]
    > Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 128, IRQ 19
    > I/O ports at a000 [size=256]
    > Memory at e8208800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
    > Capabilities: <access denied>
    > Kernel driver in use: 8139too
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > IWCONFIG:
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSIDff/any
    > Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm
    > Retry long limit:7 RTS thrff Fragment thrff
    > Power Managementff
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > DMESG:
    > Code:
    > --------------------
    > [ 15.465775] b43-pci-bridge 0000:02:02.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 18 (level, low) -> IRQ 18
    > [ 15.601476] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found (core revision 5)
    > [ 15.768262] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
    > [ 15.768306] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
    > [ 15.768343] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
    > [ 41.593060] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
    > [ 42.008678] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/pcm5.fw
    > [ 42.184112] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
    > [ 42.229799] b43 ssb0:0: firmware: requesting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
    > [ 42.639537] b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 478.104 (2008-07-01 00:50:23)
    > [ 42.785518] ADDRCONF(NETDEV_UP): wlan0: link is not ready
    >
    > --------------------
    >
    >
    > From what I can gather, openSUSE is loading the firmware like it
    > should, but it just can't seem to get the access point up and running.
    > I'm half afraid this is going to turn out to be a hardware failure
    > issue...especially considering that up until this latest install (I had
    > openSUSE 11.2 previously) I wasn't having any problems with it at all.


    None of what you posted shows any problems. It looks as if you have not
    configured anything.

    You need to provide additional info: Gnome or KDE? NetworkManager or ifup? For a
    newcomer, NM is easier. Use YaST => NetworkDevices => Network Settings to verify
    that NM is selected under the Global Settings tab. After you change it, reboot
    and use the applet to add a connection.

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