On 03/11/2013 05:06 PM, Larry Finger wrote:
> Unfortunately, Broadcom does not allow the redistribution of the firmware needed
> to operate its wireless cards that use b43 or b43legacy as a driver.
> This situation is merely an annoyance when the Linux system has some other means
> of connecting to the network; openSUSE contains a special script that downloads
> files that contain the firmware and uses the utility b43-fwcutter to extract the
> necessary files. The files that are downloaded can be redistributed, but their
> 12 MB size precludes them from being included in openSUSE install media.
> To make the installation of the firmware as easy as possible in this troublesome
> case, I have modified the standard bcm43xx firmware installation script to skip
> the download stage. This new script and the necessary files are included in a
> tar archive that can be downloaded using any system with network access.
> The specific steps are as follows:
> 1. Download
> http://www.lwfinger.com/b43-firmware/no_net_install_bcm43xx_firmware.tar.bz2 on
> any system with a network connection.
> 2. Copy that file to your openSUSE system via USB stick or CD.
> 3. From the directory where you copied the file, run the command
> tar jxvf no_net_install_bcm43xx_firmware.tar.bz2 >
That command creates a new subdirectory bcm43xx_firmware with four files in it.
- Install the b43 and b43legacy firmware by running the command:
> sudo bcm43xx_firmware/install_bcm43xx_firmware_no_net >
This step will create the necessary firmware files in /lib/firmware/b43/ and
/lib/firmware/b43legacy/ and then reboot your computer. When it comes back up,
the wireless device should be working and can be configured in the normal manner.
- (optional) If you do not have much disk space available, you can save about
25 MB by using the commands
> rm -rf bcm43xx_firmware > rm no_net_install_bcm43xx_firmware.tar.bz2 >
> The downloaded file is suitable for all supported versions of openSUSE, and
> works for all architectures. I suggest that you leave it on whatever medium you
> used to transport it to openSUSE so that it will be available for your next
> installation of openSUSE.
> Larry Finger
Please check this over. If it is OK, I would like it to be a new sticky.