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    Default BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    Hi,
    After some problems with kubuntu 11.04, I re-installed opensuse 11.3 on my laptop but I cannot get my wifi card working. I cannot remember how I did it previously, but I'm sure it wasn't as hard as now.

    I first did what was proposed on this site:

    b43 - Linux Wireless

    Then I followed this tread: (which i think worked for me last time)

    Install Broadcom Drivers from Packman

    But again, no wifi functioning. Maybe there's still some left from my previous attempt, but I'm not sure since when looking up with yast, there is nothing installed when I search for 'bcm'. Could someone advise me how to uninstall everything and then re-install packman? Or any other suggestions since I'm not sure whether this is the cause.

    output from lspci -v | less
    Code:
    05:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN (rev 01)
            Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card
            Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
            Memory at c0200000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
            Capabilities: [40] Power Management version 2
            Capabilities: [58] MSI: Enable- Count=1/1 Maskable- 64bit-
            Capabilities: [d0] Express Legacy Endpoint, MSI 00
            Capabilities: [100] Advanced Error Reporting
            Capabilities: [13c] Virtual Channel
            Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    thanx

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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    If not installed
    Code:
    zypper in rfkill
    Code:
    /usr/sbin/rfkill list
    If anything is blocked do as su -

    Code:
    rfkill unblock all
    post result of

    Code:
    /sbin/lspci -nnk
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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    Nothing was blocked

    here is the output you asked for:

    Code:
    00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 Host Bridge [1002:5950] (rev 10)
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
    00:01.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a3f]
    00:05.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a37]
    00:06.0 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc RS480 PCI Bridge [1002:5a38]
    00:12.0 SATA controller [0106]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 Non-Raid-5 SATA [1002:4380]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: ahci
    00:13.0 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI0) [1002:4387]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.1 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI1) [1002:4388]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.2 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI2) [1002:4389]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.3 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI3) [1002:438a]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.4 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB (OHCI4) [1002:438b]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: ohci_hcd
    00:13.5 USB Controller [0c03]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 USB Controller (EHCI) [1002:4386]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
    00:14.0 SMBus [0c05]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 SMBus Controller [1002:4385] (rev 14)
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: piix4_smbus
    00:14.1 IDE interface [0101]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 IDE [1002:438c]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: pata_atiixp
    00:14.2 Audio device [0403]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 Azalia (Intel HDA) [1002:4383]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: HDA Intel
    00:14.3 ISA bridge [0601]: ATI Technologies Inc SB600 PCI to LPC Bridge [1002:438d]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
    00:14.4 PCI bridge [0604]: ATI Technologies Inc SBx00 PCI to PCI Bridge [1002:4384]
    00:18.0 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] HyperTransport Technology Configuration [1022:1100]
    00:18.1 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Address Map [1022:1101]
    00:18.2 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] DRAM Controller [1022:1102]
    00:18.3 Host bridge [0600]: Advanced Micro Devices [AMD] K8 [Athlon64/Opteron] Miscellaneous Control [1022:1103]
            Kernel driver in use: k8temp
    01:05.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: ATI Technologies Inc RS482 [Radeon Xpress 200M] [1002:5975]
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: radeon
    05:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4311 802.11b/g WLAN [14e4:4311] (rev 01)
            Subsystem: Dell Wireless 1390 WLAN Mini-Card [1028:0007]
            Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    08:00.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: b44
    08:01.0 SD Host controller [0805]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C822 SD/SDIO/MMC/MS/MSPro Host Adapter [1180:0822] (rev 19)
            Subsystem: Dell Device [1028:01f5]
            Kernel driver in use: sdhci-pci
    08:01.1 System peripheral [0880]: Ricoh Co Ltd R5C843 MMC Host Controller [1180:0843] (rev 01)
            Subsystem: Dell Dell Inspiron 1501 [1028:01f5]
    thanx

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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    b43 should work

    Please do the following: (Unless you already ran the firmware?)

    Code:
    sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware
    Once you have the firmware do:
    Code:
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -rv b43
    Code:
    sudo /sbin/modprobe -v b43
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    Hi

    The last 2 commands did the trick.

    Thank you very much!

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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    Quote Originally Posted by sonicboy View Post
    Hi

    The last 2 commands did the trick.

    Thank you very much!
    You are most welcome
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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    Hi,

    seems that not everything is solved. The wireless is working now, but everytime i start up, i have to execute the command "sudo /sbin/modprobe -v b43".

    So, for the time being it's ok, but i would like to fix this permanently. Any ideas?

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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    Check if this file exists:
    /etc/modprobe.d/50-broadcom-wl-blacklist.conf

    If it does delete it
    ------------------------------------------

    Check the contents of this one
    /etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf
    Make sure there is no entry for b43
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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    This did the trick.

    Thanx once again!

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    Default Re: BCM4311 on dell inspiron 1501

    Quote Originally Posted by sonicboy View Post
    This did the trick.

    Thanx once again!
    No problem
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