I have a Dell 1525 lapton, a 1395 wireless card, Suse 12.1 and no wireless

My wireless was working on my laptop with Suse 11.1,
but my disk died and I started over with a new disk and
12.1. My wireless now appears dead. I read the sticky
“My Wireless doesn’t work – a primer on what to do next”.
The results of all the tests suggested there follow this message.

I don’t think it will matter here, but to get the wireless
working originally under 11.1, I had to install ndiswrapper
and then a Dell driver.



From /sbin/lspci:

0b:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01)

From /sbin/lspci -n

0b:00.0 0280: 14e4:4315 (rev 01)

from dmesg:

10.696746] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4312 WLAN found (core revision 15)
10.891902] cfg80211: World regulatory domain updated:
10.891906] cfg80211: (start_freq - end_freq @ bandwidth), (max_antenna_gain, max_eirp)
10.891910] cfg80211: (2402000 KHz - 2472000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
10.891913] cfg80211: (2457000 KHz - 2482000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
10.891916] cfg80211: (2474000 KHz - 2494000 KHz @ 20000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
10.891920] cfg80211: (5170000 KHz - 5250000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
10.891923] cfg80211: (5735000 KHz - 5835000 KHz @ 40000 KHz), (300 mBi, 2000 mBm)
10.984938] ieee80211 phy0: Selected rate control algorithm ‘minstrel_ht’
10.985684] Registered led device: b43-phy0::tx
10.985710] Registered led device: b43-phy0::rx
10.985735] Registered led device: b43-phy0::radio
10.985751] Broadcom 43xx driver loaded Features: PMNLS, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]

From /usr/sbin/iwconfig

lo no wireless extensions.

eth0 no wireless extensions.

wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:off/any
Mode:Managed Access Point: Not-Associated Tx-Power=0 dBm
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Encryption key:off
Power Management:on

cipsec0 no wireless extensions.

From /usr/sbin/iwlist scan

lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning : Network is down

cipsec0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

Meantime, I found the other sticky (Getting your wireless to work"), and I did a grep
on “firmware” in a dmesg command and found the following. Looks like I need to get


15.842910] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command “sud
o /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware” to download the correct firmware for this
driver version. For an off-line installation, go to http://en.opensuse.org/HCL/N
etwork_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the "
Installing firmware from RPM packages" section.

Have you installed the firmware? Your excerpt of dmesg cut off before it got to
that point. With a network connection, you need to run the command

sudo /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware

Once that command finishes, then the interface should scan and you can configure
it. You will not need to use ndiswrapper with 12.1.

I had posted this message a while ago, but it seems to have disappeared into
a black hole, so here it is again.

I installed the firmware and now I see our local wireless router. I can’t connect
to it, but I’m told that it has been having some problems. So, this evening, I’ll
take the laptop home and try it on my home network. If that works, I’ll declare
this problem fixed. If not, I’ll be back.



Well, I didn’t have to wait – the router was replaced and the wireless now works
just fine. Thanks for the assistance.