On 04/11/2012 11:06 PM, dadkind wrote:
> Hello All,
> I have installed SuSE 12.1 64-bit on my Dell 1420 laptop.
> I am not able to get the wireless working.
> I checked the HCL and I see that my machine should be supported. There
> is a note that reads "(6) Using Ndiswrapper or bcm43xx-fwcutter
> (recommended). "
> I checked the installed software and ndiswrapper IS installed. However,
> I need a pointer on how to use it.
> Can anyone provide a link to a HOWTO on using Ndiswrapper ?
No. Ndiswrapper is only for wireless devices that do not have a Linux driver.
The wrapper loads a piece of the Windows kernel and gives it unrestricted access
to the machine. That way you can see what a Blue Screen of Death looks like in
Your wireless is quite likely supported by a native driver in Linux. To be
certain, you need to run the command ‘/sbin/lspci -nn’. If you need the Broadcom
firmware, you will see a line that has “14e4:43xx”. We need to see the values.
The firmware must be installed using the script
/usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware because Broadcom does not allow
redistribution of their firmware. For that reason, the firmware must be
extracted from one of the drivers that is available on the net.
Thanks for this!! An informative error message. I followed the instruction provided (the same one that you provided) and voila! I’m now posting using the wireless!!
Thanks all !!
(For the benefit of the search engines: the output of dmesg|tail follows)
linux-nknm:/home/tomas # dmesg
[85101.098178] tg3 0000:09:00.0: eth0: Link is down
[85102.751284] tg3 0000:09:00.0: eth0: Link is up at 100 Mbps, full duplex
[85102.751284] tg3 0000:09:00.0: eth0: Flow control is on for TX and on for RX
[85269.037178] keyboard: can’t emulate rawmode for keycode 240
[85269.037208] keyboard: can’t emulate rawmode for keycode 240
[85289.035294] keyboard: can’t emulate rawmode for keycode 240
[85289.035320] keyboard: can’t emulate rawmode for keycode 240
[85290.725225] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file “b43/ucode11.fw” not found
[85290.725230] b43-phy0 ERROR: Firmware file “b43-open/ucode11.fw” not found
[85290.725234] b43-phy0 ERROR: Please open a terminal and enter the command “sudo /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/Network_Adapters_(Wireless)/Broadcom_BCM43xx and follow the instructions in the “Installing firmware from RPM packages” section.
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