someone please help

im helping my buddy out and trying to get his wireless working, and im struggling, im a mac guy, windows was consistently crashing on him and it was bad, so today i looked at the options, we were going to do the 10.4.1 OSx86 swap but issues with sound and displays, so i decided to get openSUSE for him, his using a Dell inspiron 1300 with the intel celeron 1.6ghz and 1gb of ram, so linux was a good choice because of the low memory usage. Any way!!!

the issue im having is a cant get the wireless working, its a BCM4318, 1370 WLAN mini-pci card, ssb kernel driver, and im at a loss, trying to install drivers as we speak in terminal, and the network manager is switched to ifup.

if anyone can give step by step to get this running, it would be epic thanks.

This may help
HCL/Network Adapters (Wireless)/Broadcom BCM43xx - openSUSE

well i managed to get the firmware installed.

mav@linux-juc3:~/Desktop> dmesg | grep firmware
firmware: requesting b43/ucode5.fw
firmware: requesting b43/pcm5.fw
firmware: requesting b43/b0g0initvals5.fw
firmware: requesting b43/b0g0bsinitvals5.fw
b43-phy0: Loading firmware version 410.2160 (2007-05-26 15:32:10)

but now that i have the firmware installed im checking for AP’s and im getting this:

linux-juc3:/home/mav/Desktop # sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
lo        Interface doesn't support scanning.

eth0      Interface doesn't support scanning.

wmaster0  Interface doesn't support scanning.

wlan0     Scan completed :
          Cell 01 - Address: 00:16:B6:18:9F:2A
                    Frequency:2.437 GHz (Channel 6)
                    Quality=39/70  Signal level=-71 dBm  
                    Encryption key:on
                    Bit Rates:1 Mb/s; 2 Mb/s; 5.5 Mb/s; 11 Mb/s; 18 Mb/s
                              24 Mb/s; 36 Mb/s; 54 Mb/s
                    Bit Rates:6 Mb/s; 9 Mb/s; 12 Mb/s; 48 Mb/s
                    Extra: Last beacon: 1156ms ago
                    IE: Unknown: 00116C696E6B7379735F5345535F3234303534
                    IE: Unknown: 010882848B962430486C
                    IE: Unknown: 030106
                    IE: Unknown: 2A0104
                    IE: Unknown: 2F0104
                    IE: Unknown: 32040C121860
                    IE: Unknown: DD09001018020015000000
                    IE: WPA Version 1
                        Group Cipher : TKIP
                        Pairwise Ciphers (1) : TKIP
                        Authentication Suites (1) : PSK

pan0      Interface doesn't support scanning.

thanks guys i was able to get it to work after the firmware was installed and rebooted and getting off ifup. those pages helped alot plus I just got 6hrs of linux experience so yeah lol

Well done!

yup along with that got GIMP, and vlc installed and changed the theme to a mac/glossy combo and got the app effects without freezing the computer. so it should be good for him to get and start playing in linux by job is done. this is better than windows but still cant say that about mac, i used to be pro windows all the way then finally saw how crappy windows is, switched to mac and never going back simple is that. but openSUSE changed my opinion on what a linux can be, fedora ubuntu etc… there all okay, but the fedora 11 from what i’ve seen (beta) the GUI is gonna pretty good. parallels allows me to run like 6os’s at once on my mac, i got mac running of course, now opensuse, backtrack 3, windows, fedora, and ubuntu, so i can pretty much run anything now! :D. thanks again.