Broadcom BCM4313, WIFI and Bluetooth drivers...


I have a Broadcom BCM4313 in my HP Notebook. This device is a combo wifi/bt device. Some time back I spent a long time chatting with you folk on improving the signal strength, so that I could get both interfaces working. I seem to remember that one of the comments was “wait for kernel 3.4”.

So I have now upgraded to OpenSuSE 12.2. Though, during install, the suspect bcmsmac drivers were installed which set me back to square one (BT working/WIFI very poor signal strength). So I adding the Packman repo and installed the broadcom-wl and broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop packages.
This proved to be less than the outstanding success that I was hoping for! The WIFI signal strength was back to practical values BUT still no Bluetooth!!

That is, until, I tried toggling the RF Kill switch (F12 on this notebook). Then both (wifi and bt) interfaces worked. However, after a reboot the bt failed to come back up? I could get it back by toggling the kill switch (but not by running the rfkill utility?).

So, I guess that this is a step in the right direction. However, I would like to get it working properly. My guess is, that ,it is only a question of the order or timing of the start-up scripts?

Any advise, will be most welcome.

Regards, Martin

Maybe it’s some BIOS setting. Do you dual boot this PC between windows and linux ? If yes this might also cause the behavior. Anyhow I think you will get better help in the wireless forum section.