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Thread: Newbie cannot configure wireless connection on opensuse 13.1

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    Question Newbie cannot configure wireless connection on opensuse 13.1

    Hi there. I have just installed opensuse 13.1 on a
    Dell i386 computer,
    Intel Core 2 Duo T5800 @2.00GHz processor
    Broadcom BCM4312 802.11b/g wireless card (wireless 1395 WLAN mini-card)

    According to the hardware information it recognises the card, but it does not recognise any wireless connections in Network manager; the 'wireless' tab is greyed out.
    Now I have done as this man has advised in the following link
    http://community.linuxmint.com/tutorial/view/692
    to copy and paste onto the desktop a b43 driver and when I ran
    sudo b43-fwcutter -w /lib/firmware/`uname -r` ~/Desktop/wl_apsta.o

    it came back with "Cannot open input file wl_apsta.o"

    Any ideas how to get it to run? I have no internet access at all. I am having to use another computer to get info and also get the relevant drivers. Is this driver incorrect for this card?

    I would really appreciate some help!
    Thank you!


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    Default Re: Newbie cannot configure wireless connection on opensuse 13.1

    Quote Originally Posted by kanzeon View Post
    Any ideas how to get it to run? I have no internet access at all. I am having to use another computer to get info and also get the relevant drivers. Is this driver incorrect for this card?
    You don't need a driver, you need firmware. And that's what b43-fwcutter is for: it extracts the firmware out of a proprietary driver, like wl_apsta.o in your example.
    But you have to have that driver file of course, so you would have to download it first to be able to use b43-fwcutter.

    See this sticky from the Wireless forum for advise:
    http://forums.opensuse.org/showthrea...ierwork-around

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