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    Default BCM4321 on Linksys WPC300N V1

    Helllo,

    I need help. OpenSUSE 11.4 Gnome 32-bit. Toshiba laptop with built-in Atheros AR5001 (ath5k driver) but it is disabled. I have been using Linksys WPC300n V1 PCMCIA wireless adapter. My laptop runs a multiboot system with win 7, opensuse, fedora 14 and ubuntu 10.10. Wireless is fine in all the OS's except for opensuse. Fedora and Ubuntu use Broadcom wl.

    Code:
    uname -r
    2.6.38.6-5-desktop
    [CODE]
    /sbin/lspci -nnk[
    0a:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4321 802.11b/g/n [14e4:4329] (rev 01)
    Subsystem: Linksys WPC300N v1 Wireless-N Notebook Adapter [1737:0058]
    Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
    /CODE]

    Software Management in Yast shows that b43 and b43-fwcutter are installed, but Network Devices in YAST shows BCM43XG as not connected, and its Hardware tab does not show any kernel module. However, if I remove "blacklist ath5k" from "/etc/modprobe.d/50-blacklist.conf" then its hardware tab shows kernel module being "ath5k". Whether ath5k is blacklisted or not, after reboot the Linksys card shows both Power light and Link light, and rfkill list all shows no blocks, but I still have no wireless connection. I did download "brcm_bcm4329-fullmac-4.bin" firmware file from compat wireless but this file has zero byte.

    Should I wait until kernel 2.6.40 to compile broadcom wl?
    Any suggestion is much appreciated.

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    Hi caf4926,

    Yes, I did try installing wl via YAST-Software Management way back when I first installed 11.4 with kernel 2.6.37-ish. At that time the card did not light up at all. I run into dependencies problems trying to install wl in the current 2.6.38.6-5-desktop kernel. This is why I was looking at compat wireless but their website shows b43 to be "working partially in kernels 2.6.39+".

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    Default Re: BCM4321 on Linksys WPC300N V1

    Quote Originally Posted by taytong888 View Post
    Hi caf4926,

    Yes, I did try installing wl via YAST-Software Management way back when I first installed 11.4 with kernel 2.6.37-ish. At that time the card did not light up at all. I run into dependencies problems trying to install wl in the current 2.6.38.6-5-desktop kernel. This is why I was looking at compat wireless but their website shows b43 to be "working partially in kernels 2.6.39+".
    Sorry I missed you were using an updated kernel.

    But you say other distros are working with 'wl'
    So I'm wondering why
    I too have tested both the distros you mention.

    With 'wl' offered as an alternative, I can't see why it wouldn't work. But @lwfinger would likely offer better advice than me.
    If I really couldn't get wireless working in 11.4, I'd probably use a distro that does work. Mint would get pref over Ub and Fedora above all.

    Why not roll back the kernel to the release/update and try 'wl' again
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    Default Re: BCM4321 on Linksys WPC300N V1

    On 05/18/2011 12:36 AM, caf4926 wrote:
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    > taytong888;2341119 Wrote:
    >> Hi caf4926,
    >>
    >> Yes, I did try installing wl via YAST-Software Management way back when
    >> I first installed 11.4 with kernel 2.6.37-ish. At that time the card
    >> did not light up at all. I run into dependencies problems trying to
    >> install wl in the current 2.6.38.6-5-desktop kernel. This is why I was
    >> looking at compat wireless but their website shows b43 to be "working
    >> partially in kernels 2.6.39+".

    > Sorry I missed you were using an updated kernel.
    >
    > But you say other distros are working with 'wl'
    > So I'm wondering why
    > I too have tested both the distros you mention.
    >
    > With 'wl' offered as an alternative, I can't see why it wouldn't work.
    > But @lwfinger would likely offer better advice than me.
    > If I really couldn't get wireless working in 11.4, I'd probably use a
    > distro that does work. Mint would get pref over Ub and Fedora above all.
    >
    > Why not roll back the kernel to the release/update and try 'wl' again


    When you get the correct wl package for your kernel, wl will work. You will need
    to blacklist ssb and b43, but the wl installation should take care of that.

    With openSUSE 12.1, b43 will be handling that card and you will only need to
    install the firmware.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lwfinger View Post
    On 05/18/2011 12:36 AM, caf4926 wrote:
    >
    > taytong888;2341119 Wrote:
    >> Hi caf4926,
    >>
    >> Yes, I did try installing wl via YAST-Software Management way back when
    >> I first installed 11.4 with kernel 2.6.37-ish. At that time the card
    >> did not light up at all. I run into dependencies problems trying to
    >> install wl in the current 2.6.38.6-5-desktop kernel. This is why I was
    >> looking at compat wireless but their website shows b43 to be "working
    >> partially in kernels 2.6.39+".

    > Sorry I missed you were using an updated kernel.
    >
    > But you say other distros are working with 'wl'
    > So I'm wondering why
    > I too have tested both the distros you mention.
    >
    > With 'wl' offered as an alternative, I can't see why it wouldn't work.
    > But @lwfinger would likely offer better advice than me.
    > If I really couldn't get wireless working in 11.4, I'd probably use a
    > distro that does work. Mint would get pref over Ub and Fedora above all.
    >
    > Why not roll back the kernel to the release/update and try 'wl' again


    When you get the correct wl package for your kernel, wl will work. You will need
    to blacklist ssb and b43, but the wl installation should take care of that.

    With openSUSE 12.1, b43 will be handling that card and you will only need to
    install the firmware.
    Helllo Larry and Carl,

    Thanks for your suggestion. When I (tried to) install broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop which is the only option available for current desktop kernel, via Software Management in YAST, I got the following error message:

    "Nothing provides kernel (desktop:kernel)=32caa831272d7714 needed by broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop-5.100.82.38_k2.6.34.8_0.2-7.pm.9.4.i586.

    "(Suggestions)
    1. do not install broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop...
    2. break broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop...by ignoring its dependencies"

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    Have you rolled back to the kernel from Updates? Obviously you would need to do that.
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    Default Re: BCM4321 on Linksys WPC300N V1

    Quote Originally Posted by caf4926 View Post
    Have you rolled back to the kernel from Updates? Obviously you would need to do that.
    Though I guess you could use Tumbleweed if you need a newer kernel for any other reason?
    But then you would need to use Packman Tumbleweed and have followed the guide to switch to Tumbleweed. Not really my recommendation though.
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    Hello Carl,

    To answer your Post#8, I moved to the latest kernel 2.6.38.6-5-desktop because I had hoped to be able to run broadcom wl for this Linksys WPC300N card. Regarding your Post#7, ealier today after I deleted kernel-syms because of dependencies problems YAST reinstalled both kernel-pae and the original kernel 2.6.37.6-0.5.1-default in my GRUB menu, pushing out other Linux distros when I rebooted. Because I could not see and log into other Linux distros, I deleted both these 2 kernels from /etc/menu.lst so that I can have the choice to log into other distros. Software management still shows kernel 2.6.37.6-0.5.1-default as being installed. So I have 2 questions:

    1. How do I change GRUB menu such that all relevant kernels and OS choices are shown on reboot?

    2. How do I revert to the original 2.6.37.6-0.5.1-default kernel and have it shown in GRUB menu?

    Thanks a lot for your help.
    Last edited by taytong888; 18-May-2011 at 12:45. Reason: typo

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    Typically I would recommend kernel-desktop
    But whatever
    If you re-install all kernels not showing in the menu, they should get added
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