Greetings all and hello to the community.
I’ve been trying for the past 10 days or so to get my Broadcom WLAN card to work in Linux. I’ve been through multiple flavors and distributions and am currently working with openSUSE 11.
As a bit more hardware background, the laptop in question is an HP Mini-Note 2133 with a VIA 1.2GHz processor and 2GB of RAM. I’m a complete newbie when it comes to Linux, but I already know how to go between the GUI (I’m using GNOME at the moment) and a terminal, I have root level access, and know how to get around to different utilities in each. I’m running NetworkManager Applet 0.7.0 and I’ve read through other threads about getting “ndiswrapper” installed, which I’ve done. I’ve also configured it to use the bmcwl6.inf file that is the driver for Windows Vista. I know that the device should be wlan0, but I don’t see where that gets configured. When I run “ifconfig,” the interface doesn’t even show up. Here are some various commands I’ve tried to get more information about this problem:
# iwlist wlan0 scan wlan0 Interface doesn't support scanning : Network is down # uname -r 126.96.36.199-1.1-default # lspci -v ***(truncated to display only the wireless card information)*** 02:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM4312 801.11a/b/g (rev 02) Subsystem: Hewlett-Packard Company Device 1370 Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 24 Memory at fdffc000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16] Capabilities:  Power Management version 3 Capabilities:  Vendor Specific Information <?> Capabilities: [e8] Message Signaled Interrupts: Mask- 64bit+ Queue=0/3 Enable- Capabilities: [d0] Express Endpoint, MSI 00 Kernel driver in use: b43-pci-bridge Kernel modules: ssb # ndiswrapper -l bcmw16 : driver installed device (14e4:4312) present (alternate driver: ssb)
One (possibly incorrect) tangent I was on was editting the /etc/X11/xorg.conf file to add devices, back in Fedora 9 where I couldn’t get GNOME to work. Now that it does, I’m leary about editting xorg.conf any more than I have to, but for the life of me I can’t figure out where wlan0 is specified as a device.
Can anybody in the community shed some light on where I need to go next? I have a wired connection that works well, so if I have to download anything or get new repositories or whatever, I can.
Thanks in advance for your support in this regard.
- Will “PaleGringo” Bowlin[/size]