Activate WLAN card

I have a new Dell laptop that I installed OpenSUSE on, but can’t get the Dell WLAN card (Broadcom) to activate. I can see it in the hardware listing, and I can attempt to set it up using iwconfig, but when I do an ifconfig it does not show, and when I do a ifconfig wlan0 it tells me the interface is not installed. I feel like I am missing something basic, but just can’t seem to put my finger on it. Any help appreciated.

You need the broadcom drivers from Packman
So you’ll need a connection for that, do you have eth0 connection ?

Here is how to add the repo, if you have eth0 connection:

zyyper ar -f packman

If you don’t have a connection, can you get to one. Otherwise we have to try downloading the packages manually

These are what you need


deending if you have the default or desktop kernel

uname -a

will tell you that

Great! Yes, I have eth0 connected and working, but I don’t want to sit in the library with my laptop (where the router resides), when I can sit anywhere in the house with the wlan0 working. I will try this tonight when I get home and let you know the outcome.

I was able to download and install the zypper package and I was able to run the command, but everytime I try to run the broadcom driver install, it crashes because it can’t resolve “

Were you actually connected to the eth0
Are you now.

Please post result of this

zypper lr -d

If the Packman drivers don’t work for you, download the following file:

Then follow the instructions on b43 - Linux Wireless . The reason your broadcom card doesn’t work out of the box is because the b43 kernel module can’t find its firmware in /lib/firmware/b43.

On 03/15/2010 12:06 PM, nalf38 wrote:
> Then follow the instructions on ‘b43 - Linux Wireless’
> ( . The reason your
> broadcom card doesn’t work out of the box is because the b43 kernel
> module can’t find its firmware in /lib/firmware/b43.

As the OP has never posted which Broadcom module is in their computer, you
cannot say the above. It may be that the firmware is not installed, but it could
also be that b43 does not support that device.

True. But may I also point out that all the posters assumed that all the OP needed was the ‘wl.ko’ module which the Packman Broadcom package provides, an assumption which may be just as wrong as my assumption that the poster is using a BCM43XX card.

And may I also point out that I suggested the OP only try my suggestion if the Packman packages don’t work.

Hello all,

It seems I am having the same problem with my wireless card as well.

I’ve installed OpenSuse 11.2 on my HP Compaq 6715b. the wireless hardware is:

Broadcom 802.11 a/b/g WLAN Broadcom 802.11 b/g WLAN Broadcom 4321AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi Adapter Broadcom 4322AG 802.11a/b/g/draft-n Wi-Fi Adapter

I ran the command listed below as sudo and as root I receive the error

zyyper ar -f Index of /pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/11.2 packman


[12:36:05 root]$ zyyper ar -f
If ‘zyyper’ is not a typo you can use command-not-found to lookup the package that contains it, like this:
cnf zyyper

Sorry about the last post. I went to this site:

b43 - Linux Wireless

and noticed that my card is not supported.

become su -
Become su in Terminal - HowTo - openSUSE Forums

Notice too that what you quote above are different.

This: zyyper ar -f Index of /pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/11.2 packman

and this: [12:36:05 root]$ zyyper ar -f

You didn’t add the space after the url to separate it from the repo name right at the end. Copy and paste this in a su - terminal

zyyper ar -f [Index of /pub/linux/misc/packman/suse/11.2]( packman

Your device needs the Broadcom wl driver. BTW, questions about wireless devices
should be reported in the wireless forum, not in hardware. In fact, there are
many cases with your problem reported there.