Getting wireless to work, stuck on step 5

Hi, been beating my head against the wall, so maybe I can get some help.

hope@linux-vp98:~> sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
root’s password:
lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

wmaster0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

wlan0 No scan results

pan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

Okay, so results of step 4 of the walk through are thus

hope@linux-vp98:~> /usr/sbin/iwconfig
lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wmaster0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Tx-Power=27 dBm
Retry min limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr=2352 B
Power Management:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0

pan0 no wireless extensions.

Now, I’m a huge noob, no real Idea what I’ve been doing, and hoping not to kill my comp with linux. I’ve found a lot of good information on the walkthroughs, and I thank all of you for your contributions, please help. Between my linux troubles and my netbook virus (windows machine, no account here) I’m losing my mind. Any help is appreciated.

In a terminal and post result

/sbin/lspci -nnk

Very much thanks. From looking at this, I can tell it’s a lot of info, now if only I knew how to use it.

hope@linux-vp98:~> /sbin/lspci -nnk]
/sbin/lspci: invalid option – ‘]’
Usage: lspci <switches>]

Basic display modes:
-mm Produce machine-readable output (single -m for an obsolete format)
-t Show bus tree

Display options:
-v Be verbose (-vv for very verbose)
-k Show kernel drivers handling each device
-x Show hex-dump of the standard part of the config space
-xxx Show hex-dump of the whole config space (dangerous; root only)
-xxxx Show hex-dump of the 4096-byte extended config space (root only)
-b Bus-centric view (addresses and IRQ’s as seen by the bus)
-D Always show domain numbers

Resolving of device ID’s to names:
-n Show numeric ID’s
-nn Show both textual and numeric ID’s (names & numbers)
-q Query the PCI ID database for unknown ID’s via DNS
-qq As above, but re-query locally cached entries
-Q Query the PCI ID database for all ID’s via DNS

Selection of devices:
-s <domain>]:]<bus>]:]<slot>].<func>]] Show only devices in selected slots
-d <vendor>]:<device>] Show only devices with specified ID’s

Other options:
-i <file> Use specified ID database instead of /usr/share/pci.ids.gz
-p <file> Look up kernel modules in a given file instead of default modules.pcimap
-M Enable `bus mapping’ mode (dangerous; root only)

PCI access options:
-A Use the specified PCI access method (see -A help' for a list) -O &lt;par&gt;=&lt;val&gt; Set PCI access parameter (see -O help’ for a list)
-G Enable PCI access debugging
-H <mode> Use direct hardware access (<mode> = 1 or 2)
-F <file> Read PCI configuration dump from a given file
hope@linux-vp98:~>

Thanks again!

I think your configuration is OK. However, you are not getting any scan results. Are you sure that you have a wireless router with SSID not hidden?

You need to copy and paste that code with your mouse, into the terminal. What you posted is just an error message:

@syampillai
Makes a good point. You need to investigate that end too

okay, so re-entered the command. Results:

hope@linux-vp98:~> /sbin/lspci -nnk
00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/PM/GMS/910GML Express Processor to DRAM Controller [8086:2590] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: agpgart-intel
Kernel modules: intel-agp
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2592] (rev 03)
Kernel modules: intelfb
00:02.1 Display controller [0380]: Intel Corporation Mobile 915GM/GMS/910GML Express Graphics Controller [8086:2792] (rev 03)
00:1d.0 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #1 [8086:2658] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
00:1d.1 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #2 [8086:2659] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
00:1d.2 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #3 [8086:265a] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
00:1d.3 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB UHCI #4 [8086:265b] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: uhci_hcd
Kernel modules: uhci-hcd
00:1d.7 USB Controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) USB2 EHCI Controller [8086:265c] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: ehci_hcd
Kernel modules: ehci-hcd
00:1e.0 PCI bridge [0604]: Intel Corporation 82801 Mobile PCI Bridge [8086:2448] (rev d3)
00:1e.2 Multimedia audio controller [0401]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC’97 Audio Controller [8086:266e] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: Intel ICH
Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0
00:1e.3 Modem [0703]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) AC’97 Modem Controller [8086:266d] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: Intel ICH Modem
Kernel modules: snd-intel8x0m
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation 82801FBM (ICH6M) LPC Interface Bridge [8086:2641] (rev 03)
Kernel modules: iTCO_wdt, intel-rng
00:1f.1 IDE interface [0101]: Intel Corporation 82801FB/FBM/FR/FW/FRW (ICH6 Family) IDE Controller [8086:266f] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: ata_piix
Kernel modules: piix, ata_piix
02:04.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
Kernel modules: ssb
02:06.0 CardBus bridge [0607]: Texas Instruments PCIxx21/x515 Cardbus Controller [104c:8031]
Kernel driver in use: yenta_cardbus
Kernel modules: yenta_socket
02:06.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394) [0c00]: Texas Instruments OHCI Compliant IEEE 1394 Host Controller [104c:8032]
Kernel driver in use: ohci1394
Kernel modules: ohci1394
02:0e.0 Ethernet controller [0200]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4401-B0 100Base-TX [14e4:170c] (rev 02)
Kernel driver in use: b44
Kernel modules: b44

As you can see, this is different, don’t know what changed. I installed Wicd as a wireless interface program, and haven’t been able to get it to work. I’m currently getting the error msg

Could not connect to wicd’s D-Bus interface. Check the wicd log for error messages.

Now, I can’t find the wicd log, and don’t know if this has anything to do with my wireless problems.

I’m running openSuse 11.1, I know I didn’t mention it earlier, and don’t know if it helps. I’m trying to find the WLan hardware on Yast, and cannot find it, I don’t know if that’s normal. I’ve been getting some help from a buddy of mine, but his gui is KDE, while I’m running Gnome. Again, I don’t know if this matters.

I know I’m adding a lot of information with this post, and realize I should have done this earlier. Thanks again for the help, if I can figure this out, I’ve got another computer, I want to introduce a friend of mine to the joys of linux.

Drinking wine and having a great time (in spite of the frustrations, and partly because of them),
Thatfurryguy

also, I’m viewing two unsecured wireless networks on my other computers. (sick windows netbook (may get jollycloud, again depending on me getting suse to work) and an HP that my fiance won’t let me touch other than basic web stuff) There are several secure networks as well.

Check here
HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless)/Broadcom BCM43xx - openSUSE

How to install

The easy way

Packman repository, provides rpm for latest kernel available in Update Repository for openSUSE 10.3 11.0 11.1
To install it just install BOTH the broadcom-wl package and one of the broadcom-wl-kmp-$kernelflavor packages.
Note that if you select broadcom-wl package first via yast, it will auto-select the debug kernel. This may not be what you desire.

On 02/17/2010 07:56 PM, Thatfurryguy wrote:
> 02:04.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4306
> 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
> Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge
> Kernel modules: ssb

Did you install the firmware that your BCM4306 needs?

What does the command ‘dmesg | grep b43’ show? You do not enter the '.

On 02/17/2010 09:56 PM, caf4926 wrote:
>
> Check here
> ‘HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless)/Broadcom BCM43xx - openSUSE’
> (http://tinyurl.com/mack7b)
>
> *
> HOW TO INSTALL
> The easy way
>
> ‘Packman repository’
> (http://en.opensuse.org/Additional_YaST_Package_Repositories#Packman),
> provides rpm for latest kernel available in Update Repository for
> openSUSE 10.3 11.0 11.1
> To install it just install BOTH the -broadcom-wl- package and one of
> the -broadcom-wl-kmp-$kernelflavor- packages.
> Note that if you select broadcom-wl package first via yast,
> _it__will_auto-select_the_debug_kernel._This_may_not_be_what_you_desire.

The Broadcom-wl package does NOT support the BCM4306. These instructions will
not help.

Okay, downloaded packman stuff (sorry, just kind of blindly following download advice here, seems to work so far) and the terminal command gave me this:

hope@linux-vp98:~> dmesg | grep b43
b43-pci-bridge 0000:02:04.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 21 (level, low) -> IRQ 21
b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input7
firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
firmware: requesting b43/pcm5.fw
firmware: requesting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
firmware: requesting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 410.2160 (2007-05-26 15:32:10)
Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
input: b43-phy0 as /devices/virtual/input/input8
b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 410.2160 (2007-05-26 15:32:10)
Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio

Now, I think I’ve done that before. Don’t think I got the wireless working (disconnected lan and tried to reload a page… didn’t work). Going to reboot, take the dog out, and chill out to some anime tonight. Don’t really know what I’m doing with Network manager. I can’t seem to scan for or find any networks, and it’s really throwing me off. Again, using Gnome Gui, trying to get wicd to work, and looking for that wifi phantom I keep hearing about,
Thatfurryguy