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    Default Lost wireless connection after installing GNOME 3

    My spec:
    Netbook model: HP Mini 210
    Memory: 990.2 MB
    Processor: Intel Atom CPU N450 @ 1.66GHz 2 32-bit
    Graphics: Intel IGD GEM 20100330 DEVELOPMENT x86/MMX/SSE2
    Hard drive: 127.5 GB
    Wireless: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312
    OS: openSUSE 11.4 Gnome 3 (32-bit)

    I installed "broadcom-wl" and "broadcom-wl-kmp-default" as per the instructions in this guide:

    Install Broadcom Drivers from Packman

    And my wireless worked fine in the default GNOME 2 installation. However when I upgraded to GNOME 3 using the offical OBS, I lost access to my wireless networks. The GNOME 3 network applet says "wireless unavailable". The MAC address shown in the network settings window matches that of eth0. Is this a GNOME 3 bug? Or do I need to install some additional packages? And yes I know GNOME 3 isn't ready yet, Its just this is the only thing that's not working


    I also tried tried the following with a reboot:
    Code:
    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -rv b43
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -v b43
    ifconfig output:
    Code:
    eth0      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr C4:46:19:5B:90:A8  
              inet6 addr: fe80::c646:19ff:fe5b:90a8/64 Scope:Link
              UP BROADCAST RUNNING MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
              Interrupt:17 
    
    eth1      Link encap:Ethernet  HWaddr C8:0A:A9:E7:48:E9  
              UP BROADCAST MULTICAST  MTU:1500  Metric:1
              RX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:0 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:1000 
              RX bytes:0 (0.0 b)  TX bytes:0 (0.0 b)
              Interrupt:42 Base address:0x4000 
    
    lo        Link encap:Local Loopback  
              inet addr:127.0.0.1  Mask:255.0.0.0
              inet6 addr: ::1/128 Scope:Host
              UP LOOPBACK RUNNING  MTU:16436  Metric:1
              RX packets:18 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
              TX packets:18 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
              collisions:0 txqueuelen:0 
              RX bytes:1172 (1.1 Kb)  TX bytes:1172 (1.1 Kb)
    lspci output:
    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation N10 Family DMI Bridge
    00:02.0 VGA compatible controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
    00:02.1 Display controller: Intel Corporation N10 Family Integrated Graphics Controller
    00:1b.0 Audio device: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family High Definition Audio Controller (rev 02)
    00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 1 (rev 02)
    00:1c.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family PCI Express Port 2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #1 (rev 02)
    00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #2 (rev 02)
    00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #3 (rev 02)
    00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB UHCI Controller #4 (rev 02)
    00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family USB2 EHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge (rev e2)
    00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation NM10 Family LPC Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation N10/ICH7 Family SATA AHCI Controller (rev 02)
    00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation N10/ICH 7 Family SMBus Controller (rev 02)
    01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RTL8101E/RTL8102E PCI Express Fast Ethernet controller (rev 02)
    02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)
    Thanks

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    Default Re: Lost wireless connection after installing GNOME 3

    Well based on your ifconfig output, your wireless adapter isn't turning on.
    Try
    Code:
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    and see if things change.
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    Default Re: Lost wireless connection after installing GNOME 3

    I tried
    Code:
    sudo ifconfig wlan0 up
    and I got
    Code:
    sudo: ifconfig: command not found
    so I tired using
    Code:
    su root
    and then running it as root and I got
    Code:
    wlan0: unknown interface: No such device

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    Default Re: Lost wireless connection after installing GNOME 3

    Did you read openSUSE:GNOME 3.0 - openSUSE ? I did and installed it anyway.... If you add Frdric Crozat's home repo and do a zypper dup, it'll work. ( Index of /repositories/home:/fcrozat:/gnome3/openSUSE_11.4 ) Normally I would not recommended installing software from a home repo, but this is the one used for the openSUSE based live image on the gnome site.

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    On my laptop, with a broadcom wifi card, the wireless interface is "eth1", not "wlan1". Presumably, this is because it was not properly recognized during install. And note that eth1 is shown as up, but without an IP address assigned.
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    Quote Originally Posted by unamanic View Post
    Did you read openSUSE:GNOME 3.0 - openSUSE ? I did and installed it anyway.... If you add Frdric Crozat's home repo and do a zypper dup, it'll work. ( Index of /repositories/home:/fcrozat:/gnome3/openSUSE_11.4 ) Normally I would not recommended installing software from a home repo, but this is the one used for the openSUSE based live image on the gnome site.
    So you think its an issue with GNOME3 rather than my set up?

    Quote Originally Posted by nrickert View Post
    On my laptop, with a broadcom wifi card, the wireless interface is "eth1", not "wlan1". Presumably, this is because it was not properly recognized during install. And note that eth1 is shown as up, but without an IP address assigned.
    Yes but it is not coming up in the network manager properly. So I can't connect to a network to obtain an IP address from.

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    Quote Originally Posted by connelhooley View Post
    Yes but it is not coming up in the network manager properly. So I can't connect to a network to obtain an IP address from.
    My earlier reply was mainly to the person commenting on your "ifconfig" output. I thought he was misreading it, because he expected "wlan0" and it wasn't there.

    I'm not sure of the full story with broadcom cards. When I installed 11.4, the interface came up as "eth1" and didn't work. So I installed the broadcom drivers from the packman repo, and that got it working.

    More recently, I installed the gnome 3 demo CD. And my wifi interface worked from the start and is known there as "wlan0". I have since tried booting the original 11.4 live CD, and the interface now works there to, and is "wlan0". So I think that somewhere along the line, the needed firmware was installed so that the drivers that come with the kernel now work and those from packman are no longer needed.
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    I enabled the home repo and disabled the official one but I'm getting the following problem when I try and do a zypper dup:

    Code:
    Problem: libsocialweb0-0.25.15-14.1.i586 requires libnm-glib.so.4, but this requirement cannot be provided
      deleted providers: NetworkManager-glib-0.8.998-1.4.i586
    uninstallable providers: NetworkManager-glib-0.8.998-125.4.i586[gnome3fcrozat]
     Solution 1: Following actions will be done:
      deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-gnome_basis-11.4-6.9.1.i586
      deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-gnome-11.4-6.9.1.i586
      deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-gnome_imaging-11.4-6.9.1.i586
      deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-gnome_laptop-11.4-6.9.1.i586
      deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-gnome_office-11.4-6.9.1.i586
      deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-gnome_utilities-11.4-6.9.1.i586
      deinstallation of patterns-openSUSE-gnome_xgl-11.4-6.9.1.i586
     Solution 2: Following actions will be done:
      deinstallation of libsocialweb0-0.25.15-1.2.i586
      deinstallation of libsocialweb-0.25.15-1.2.i586
      deinstallation of libsocialweb-lang-0.25.15-1.2.noarch
     Solution 3: keep obsolete gnome-panel-3.0.0.1-4.1.i586
     Solution 4: break libsocialweb0 by ignoring some of its dependencies
    
    Choose from above solutions by number or cancel [1/2/3/4/c] (c):
    It says something about NetworkManager-glib not being available. Whenever I tried the live cd it never had the new network manager. Does this repo contain the GNOME 3 network manager applet? If so what solution should I pick?

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    Quote Originally Posted by connelhooley View Post
    So you think its an issue with GNOME3 rather than my set up?
    Gnome 3 requires a newer version on network manager, I think the "stable" haven't. Worked it out yet.

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    Default Re: Lost wireless connection after installing GNOME 3

    On 04/18/2011 10:36 PM, nrickert wrote:
    >
    > On my laptop, with a broadcom wifi card, the wireless interface is
    > "eth1", not "wlan1". Presumably, this is because it was not properly
    > recognized during install.


    This statement is not true. The driver sets the device name. Although most
    wireless drivers set the name to start with "wlan", Broadcom chose "eth" for
    some reason. The driver is recognizing the device, otherwise "eth1" woud not exist.

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