Making wireless work in 11.3

Hi all,

Proper noob, want to move from Windows sys admin…

Dell Vostro 3500, OpenSuse 11.3 dual boot
using an ndis wrapper, which finds my card fine but the wireless does not light up on the laptop.

Tried this:

OpenSuse:/home/dan # ifconfig wlan0 up
SIOCSIFFLAGS: No such file or directory
OpenSuse:/home/dan # iwlist wlan0 scanning
wlan0 Interface doesn’t support scanning : Network is down
OpenSuse:/home/dan # hwinfo --wlan
16: PCI 1200.0: 0282 WLAN controller
[Created at pci.318]
Unique ID: y9sn.reAAs+k0MA5
Parent ID: qTvu.E6RiUo0Txj3
SysFS ID: /devices/pci0000:00/0000:00:1c.1/0000:12:00.0
SysFS BusID: 0000:12:00.0
Hardware Class: network
Model: “Dell Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card”
Vendor: pci 0x14e4 “Broadcom”
Device: pci 0x4315 “BCM4312 802.11b/g”
SubVendor: pci 0x1028 “Dell”
SubDevice: pci 0x000c “Wireless 1397 WLAN Mini-Card”
Revision: 0x01
Driver: “b43-pci-bridge”
Driver Modules: “ssb”
Device File: wlan0
Features: WLAN
Memory Range: 0xfbb00000-0xfbb03fff (rw,non-prefetchable)
IRQ: 17 (no events)
HW Address: 70:f1:a1:ab:44:68
Link detected: yes
WLAN channels: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
WLAN frequencies: 2.412 2.417 2.422 2.427 2.432 2.437 2.442 2.447 2.452 2.457 2.462 2.467 2.472 2.484
WLAN encryption modes: WEP40 WEP104 TKIP CCMP
WLAN authentication modes: open sharedkey wpa-psk wpa-eap
Module Alias: “pci:v000014E4d00004315sv00001028sd0000000Cbc02sc80i00”
Driver Info #0:
Driver Status: ssb is active
Driver Activation Cmd: “modprobe ssb”
Config Status: cfg=no, avail=yes, need=no, active=unknown
Attached to: #7 (PCI bridge)

All is detected, but I cannot get it to enable. Please could someone advise. If I have missed something, I am sorry.

Ignore me, I read the sticky on what to look for and found that no firmware was loaded. Did what was advised in dmesg… This is a big lesson to me. Thanks sticky!!