I have tried to follow the sticky postings to get the Broadcom wireless to work on my 2004 Compaq laptop.
Even though my wireless still isn’t working, I feel like I have much better traction here than with other distros I tried (Fedora and Ubuntu). I’m upgrading from Win 7 beta (and Vista before that and XP before that), where it was working, so I don’t suspect a hardware fault.
Suse 11.2 installed without error.
The firmware installation for the Broadcom went without error. The “blue light” on the machine shows it is now enabled.
However, scans (and attempts to connect blindly) do not find my home network.
FWIW the router is a D-Link 615.
Here are the technical details:
(*) lspci gives me:
02:02.0 Network controller : Broadcom Corporation BCM4306 802.11b/g Wireless LAN Controller [14e4:4320] (rev 03)
(*) from dmesg:
Linux version 126.96.36.199-0.1-desktop (geeko@buildhost) (gcc version 4.4.1 [gcc-4_4-branch revision 150839] (SUSE Linux) ) #1 SMP PREEMPT 2009-10-26 15:49:03 +0100
(*) from dmesg:
11.180046] b43-phy0: Broadcom 4306 WLAN found (core revision 5)
11.502049] Broadcom 43xx driver loaded Features: PML, Firmware-ID: FW13 ]
lo no wireless extensions.
eth0 no wireless extensions.
wmaster0 no wireless extensions.
wlan0 IEEE 802.11bg ESSID:""
Mode:Managed Frequency:2.412 GHz Access Point: Not-Associated
Retry long limit:7 RTS thr:off Fragment thr:off
Link Quality:0 Signal level:0 Noise level:0
Rx invalid nwid:0 Rx invalid crypt:0 Rx invalid frag:0
Tx excessive retries:0 Invalid misc:0 Missed beacon:0
(*) iwlist scan gives:
lo Interface doesn’t support scanning.
eth0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.
wmaster0 Interface doesn’t support scanning.
wlan0 No scan results
(*) Yes, I have confidence that the Dlink 615 is up and running. My Windows boxes are seeing and connecting. I use WPA Personal, if that makes any difference. I did try to create and delete a connection for the router a couple times, but because the scan fails to find the network - that’s drawing my attention at the moment.
Apologies, it has been many years since I ran a Linux machine and I certainly am not good with networks, so any advice is appreciated.