Solved: WLAN on Dell Mini 10 (Inspiron 1012)

Hi all,

I just want to report that I managed to get WLAN running on my Dell Mini 10 (Inspiron 1012) with OpenSuse 11.3 KDE.
This one contains a Broadcom 4312 WLAN card


lspci -vnn|grep Broadcom
07:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
0b:00.0 Multimedia controller [0480]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:1615]
        Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:1615]

I just installed the broadcom-wl and broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop packages from the packman repository. Then there is a new entry in the bootmanager menu. Using that one, WLAN works fine.

By the way: Can somebody explain me the difference between the broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop, broadcom-wl-kmp-default, broadcom-wl-kmp-pae, broadcom-wl-kmp-xen packages? I did not find any documentation about that.

Bye,

Helmut

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Looks like those are different packages for different kernels, for example
the ‘desktop’, ‘default’, ‘pae’ or ‘xen’ kernel. Looks like you had the
right (and default) one installed. Thanks for posting back your results.

Good luck.

On 09/26/2010 03:36 PM, huirad wrote:
>
> Hi all,
>
> I just want to report that I managed to get WLAN running on my Dell
> Mini 10 (Inspiron 1012) with OpenSuse 11.3 KDE.
> This one contains a Broadcom 4312 WLAN card
>
>
> Code:
> --------------------
>
> lspci -vnn|grep Broadcom
> 07:00.0 Network controller [0280]: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 802.11b/g LP-PHY [14e4:4315] (rev 01)
> 0b:00.0 Multimedia controller [0480]: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:1615]
> Subsystem: Broadcom Corporation Device [14e4:1615]
>
> --------------------
>
>
> I just installed the broadcom-wl and broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop packages
> from the packman repository. Then there is a new entry in the
> bootmanager menu. Using that one, WLAN works fine.
>
> By the way: Can somebody explain me the difference between the
> broadcom-wl-kmp-desktop, broadcom-wl-kmp-default, broadcom-wl-kmp-pae,
> broadcom-wl-kmp-xen packages? I did not find any documentation about
> that.
>
> Bye,
>
> Helmut
>
>
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Hi,

I got my Inspiron 10 (same BCM4312 as above) up and running 99% out of the box. The only issue is that you need to be on a wired line for Yast Network setup. First time you run it asks you to run install_bcm43xx_firmware - of course, you have to be on a wired network first. Otherwise its a manual download (instructions in /usr/sbin/install_bcm43xx_firmware - not that I followed them; I already had /lib/firmware/b43 on another machine). I suggest you then run a webpin search for b43 and add b43-firmware from packman for next time.

Or so I thought. I have been experiencing some intermittent network issues. Everything stops all of a sudden. Was working fine up until then. Getting ‘timeout connecting to AP’ errors from dmesg. Then iwlist won’t scan (says device is ‘busy’). And I have to do a cold boot to reset. Just booted up today (having reverted to 11.1 for a while) and all is fine. So maybe I do need the wl drivers and not the default sbb drivers? I’ll give them a try [Yes - you need to select the package appropriate to your kernel(s)]

I have to also say that I have the broadcom-wl drivers with 11.1 which I have had running with no issues ever since I got my notebook last March.

I can confirm that the broadcom-wl drivers definitely stabilise things. If you are lucky you just have time to download them before things go wobbly. Otherwise plug in a cable (if you can).