I am bringing up a new install of 11.4 32 bit on an old laptop.
I installed from DVD, updated (via YAST), switched to KDE 4.7, have Packman loaded and have switched to it.
DellD610-Linux32:/home/joy # uname -a Linux DellD610-Linux32.capenet 184.108.40.206-0.9-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT 2011-10-19 22:33:27 +0200 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
I have been unable to get the wrieless Lan to work.
It is a Broadcom device,
DellD610-Linux32:/home/joy # lspci -vnn | grep 14e4 03:03.0 Network controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4309 802.11a/b/g [14e4:4324] (rev 03)
I have been following the info at b43 - Linux Wireless
From there, I have concluded that I need the b43legacy driver and associated firmware.
I have the b43 and b43legacy drivers and firmwares loaded onto the system.
On boot, the kernel wants to load the b43 driver and associated firmware.
The wlan0 device is somewhat functional
DellD610-Linux32:/home/joy # iwconfig wlan0 wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:off/any Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=20 dBm Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off Encryption key:off Power Management:off
and I can turn the keyboard “WiFi” leds on and off , but WLAN scanning does not work and will not associate with an AP.
I tried removing b43 and installing b43legacy, but the firmware does not seem to switch to the older fw compatible with b3legacy and the interface no longer responds to iwxx commands.
I tried blacklisting the b43 driver and rebooting, which correctly does not load b43 (or firmware) and then modprobe b43legacy, but then no firmware loads.
If I am reading linuxwireless.org correctly, then it would appear that there is a bug in the kernel auto loader, where it is improperly deciding to load b43 rather than b43legacy.
Any suggestions on how to get b43legacy and the correct firmware to load? If I can verify they do work, then I can open a bug report.
Does anyone have WiFi actually running on a Dell D610?