Question before i install

I’m coming from Fedora and i’m using kmod-wl-PAE for my wireless. My wireless card chipset is Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY (rev 01).

Do i use kmod-wl-PAE in openSUSE as well?

Thanks in advance!

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from this thread (post #12)

Broadcom 4312 Drivers Installation - Page 2 - openSUSE Forums

larry finger, a leading expert on the forum, recommended this thread

HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless) - openSUSE

and said

for openSUSE 11.2, you can use b43 (and ssb) ONLY FOR KERNEL 2.6.32 OR LATER, otherwise you need to use wl.

Once you get the correct driver installed, you can use ‘sudo
/usr/sbin/iwlist scan’ to see your AP’s SSID.


uname -r
should give you the info

and the broadcom page says

For wl driver, get broadcom-wl and broadcom-l-kmp-$flavor from Packman repository. Flavor of your running kernel (i.e. default, desktop, pae …) can be checked with “uname -r”.

You will find some references to enabling the Packman repository around it it is not already set

here is a link (enable from within YaST)

I hope I have provided correct information

most folks still have a 2.6.31 kernel on 11.2 I think

You will need to either have a wired connection temporarily or you will have to download the packages manually.

If you have a wired connection, you then need to add the Packman repository:
As su -

zypper ar -f packman

The broadcom-wl packages are in there. You will need the version to match your kernel type Eg; desktop, default

I have for Example:

heh…i didn’t seem to get very far…

ron@linux-o2ma:~> zypper ar -f packman
zypper: error while loading shared libraries: cannot open shared object file: No such file or directory

How did you install?

There’s a lot of threads on this zypper problem. Search the forums, and follow instructions to solve this matter. Get back here if you don’t succeed. You have to solve this before working on your wireless.

Yeah it seems i’m having issues with EVERYTHING to do with installing, updating, repos///Everything…This is not a good sign right out of the box. I may just try installing again

From the live cd…I clicked on installation at the boot up menu

Angelbeast wrote:
> This is not a good sign right out of the box.

it sounds a lot like you may have a corrupted install disk…

  1. did you get your install image from ? (then where?)
  2. did you check the md5sum of the downloaded iso?
  3. burn the disk as slow as you can?
  4. use good media?
  5. do this before install attempt?

if you answered “no” (or “don’t know”) to any of those then see the
following cites:

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I ditto the above advice to check your media