Opensuse 11.2 on dell inspiron 1525

New to using Linux and having a lot of trouble getting wireless to work. Followed the instructions in the newby thread and got the following output when I did the following YaST => Hardware => Hardware Info


Model: “Dell Wireless 1395 WLAN Mini-Card”
Vendor: pci 0x14e4 “Broadcom”
Device: pci 0x4315 “BCM4312 802.11b/g”

sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan results in the following output

lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.

eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Your device is supported by the b43 driver. You only need to install the firmware.

See if this guide helps:

openSUSE 11.2 | SUSE Linux | Beginner’s guide to multimedia codecs MP3 DVD 3D nvidia ati wireless

If you have a Broadcom chip supported by the b43 driver, (e.g. bcm4303, 4306, 4309, 4311, 4312, 4318), you only need to install the firmware, this is automated by simply running this command and rebooting afterwards (you must be online while doing it):

On 06/06/2010 06:16 PM, deano ferrari wrote:
> Your device is supported by the b43 driver. You only need to install the
> firmware.

ONLY if you are using a 2.6.32 or newer kernel. As openSUSE 11.2 has a
2.6.31 kernel, you will need to use the Broadcom wl driver.

I have followed the guide above and yet still it doesn’t pick up a wireless network.

Any tips?

Sorry local_lad. Did you see the post by lwfinger? We need to make sure about which version of the kernel you’re using.


su -

to become root, then do

uname -r

Depending on the kernel version, you’ll probably require the broadcom wl packages. (These can be found using webpin search). For example, openSUSE 11.2


Make sure you install the broadcom-wl and the correct package corresponding to your kernel: broadcom-wl-kmp-<your kernel>

The packman repo also has some broadcom packages as well. Just add it via the yast software manager first.

Then configure with

YaST → Network Devices → Network Setting

My kernel is

I have installed the required package from webpin
ie broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop (

yet in network settings → overview it still only picks up my ethernet 88e8040 pci-e fast ethernet controller dhcp.

Reboot, to make the system detect the device and load the installed driver. Then try to configure it.

Thank you it now works. <:)