Wireless not working

Hello,

I am very new to OpenSUSE (in-fact I started a few weeks ago). And I have been searching for this problem for hours now (and now I gave up). I downloaded a broadcom driver which I found at another forum (someone else had this problem with the exact same laptop, and linux type, I did not quite understand what I had to do. My problem is that when the wireless wifi is active only for an amount of time (I am using Network Manager, and I manually start up the KNetworkManager). I always can see if the network is deactivated or not (it is always activated) and this problem puzzles me. I have a driver for the wifi adapter, I have the packman repository, and I have some more things which I forgot the names of. It is not too big problem for me that I have to disconnect and reconnect to the internet every 5 mins, though it really (and I mean really) annoys me how I always have to do it.
If you need more information, tell me the command and I will copy paste it to the thread.

Cheers,
Arpad Lenart

I would also like to add that I have a RTL8723A Wireless adapter built inside the lenovo laptop. I am running OpenSUSE 13.2 KDE desktop.
Linux linux-5dt9.site 3.18.3-2-desktop #1 SMP PREEMPT Mon Jan 19 12:38:51 UTC 2015 (c3e148f) x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
Above, is the results I`ve recieved from the Konsole for the command: uname -a
Additionally, I would inform you, that the internet runs better when I do not have the KNetworkManager (applet) running. Though I still have the problem, I just have to disconnect and reconnect every 7 minutes instead of every 5 minutes.

Cheers & Good luck,
-Arpad Lenart

I`m sorry that I had posted 2 replies, it is because I am rather forgetful. If you are wondering, there is nothing wrong with the adapter, I am using several broadcom b43 drivers, and as I have read at another website; that the RTL8723A wireless adapter is supported by this b43 broadcom driver. I have both windows and OpenSUSE 13.2 for this Lenovo Laptop, I have windows 8.1 as well and it works perfectly there without any problems at all.

Cheers,
-Arpad Lenart

3.18 is not the 13.2 kernel nor is it Tumbleweed so… I’m wondering what you’re running exactly.

Could you copy paste a few things here and wrap them in CODE tags


Like this!

Mainly the output of:
**cat /etc/os-release
zypper sl -d
zypper se -si kernel

**Also… Broadcom and Realtek are direct competitors so the drivers most certainly don’t work on each others hardware.

On which website did you read that?
The b43 broadcom driver definitely does not support a RTL8723A wireless adapter. It only supports, as the name implies, Broadcom BCM43xxx chips.

Please post the output of “/sbin/lspci -nnk” to show what exact wireless chipset you really have.

Also, why are you using the 3.18.3 kernel?
That’s outdated already. You might try the latest 3.19.1 one from http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Kernel:/stable/standard/, and/or install also the latest kernel-firmware from there. The included kernel-firmware in 13.2 might be too old for the latest kernel drivers.

Miuku,

This internet is kind of getting worst. I had tried to post this 3 times by now… Also, the thing about the drivers, I read it on one of the forums and someone said that it helped them (with him having the same latop). I am using a OpenSUSE 13.2 un-upgraded Tumbleweed; I think thats why I have an old Kernel, though it says that it is OpenSUSE 13.2 and when I was installing it, it never mentioned the word Tumbleweed at all (and it never did). And can the Kernel be updated to the latest one? If yes, how? I am sorry if I ask stupid questions, but I know nothing about any Linux OS (the only thing I know about Linux, is that it has a lot of freedom, it is a lot better than windows/MAC, and that it is very stable).

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AME=openSUSE
VERSION="20150216 (Tumbleweed)"
VERSION_ID="20150216"
PRETTY_NAME="openSUSE 20150216 (Tumbleweed) (x86_64)"
ID=opensuse
ANSI_COLOR="0;32"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:opensuse:opensuse:20150216"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.opensuse.org"
HOME_URL="https://opensuse.org/"
ID_LIKE="suse"

#  | Alias                               | Name                         | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                                                     
---+-------------------------------------+------------------------------+---------+---------+----------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1  | Packman_Repository                  | Packman Repository           | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_12.2/Essentials/                                  
2  | games                               | games                        | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/games/openSUSE_Factory/                       
3  | http-download.opensuse.org-1836b135 | openSUSE:13.2:Update         | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/13.2:/Update/standard/              
4  | http-download.opensuse.org-2eacaf38 | home:X0F:branches:multimedia | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/X0F:/branches:/multimedia/openSUSE_13.2/
5  | http-download.opensuse.org-56cc2fad | home:X0F:branches:network    | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/X0F:/branches:/network/openSUSE_13.2/   
6  | http-download.opensuse.org-62477bb4 | multimedia:libs              | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/libs/openSUSE_13.2/               
7  | http-download.opensuse.org-9cf71147 | multimedia:apps              | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/apps/openSUSE_13.2/               
8  | http-download.opensuse.org-ae754cda | network                      | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/network/openSUSE_13.2/                        
9  | http-download.opensuse.org-b1a92509 | mozilla                      | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_13.2/                        
10 | http-download.opensuse.org-bc609b12 | home:X0F                     | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/X0F/openSUSE_13.2/                      
11 | http-download.opensuse.org-c362f9a8 | home:NarkoZ:drivers          | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/NarkoZ:/drivers/openSUSE_13.2/          
12 | http-opensuse-guide.org-7f17369c    | libdvdcss repository         | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/                                     
13 | openSUSE-20150216-0                 | openSUSE-20150216-0          | Yes     | No      |   99     | yast2  | cd:///?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/usb-ATAPI_DVD_A_DH16ABSH_0160F0110250-0:0                
14 | repo-debug                          | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Debug    | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/tumbleweed/repo/oss/                                 
15 | repo-non-oss                        | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Non-Oss  | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/non-oss/                                   
16 | repo-oss                            | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Oss      | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/oss/                                       
17 | repo-source                         | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Source   | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/tumbleweed/repo/oss/                                
18 | repo-update                         | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Update   | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/tumbleweed/                                         
19 | wine                                | wine                         | Yes     | No      |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_13.1/ 
Loading repository data...
Reading installed packages...

S | Name            | Type    | Version         | Arch   | Repository             
--+-----------------+---------+-----------------+--------+------------------------
i | kernel-desktop  | package | 3.18.3-2.3      | x86_64 | openSUSE-20150216-0    
i | kernel-desktop  | package | 3.16.7-7.1      | x86_64 | openSUSE:13.2:Update   
i | kernel-firmware | package | 20150209git-1.1 | noarch | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Oss
i | kernel-firmware | package | 20150209git-1.1 | noarch | openSUSE-20150216-0    

Cheers, and thank you for such a quick notice!
-Arpad Lenart

If they have the same laptop with the same wireless chip, b43 certainly did not help him. But b43 is installed by default and shouldn’t cause problems, you do need to install additional firmware though if you want to use b43 (that only applies if you have a Broadcom BCM43xxx device though as already mentioned).

I am using a OpenSUSE 13.2 un-upgraded Tumbleweed; I think thats why I have an old Kernel, though it says that it is OpenSUSE 13.2 and when I was installing it, it never mentioned the word Tumbleweed at all (and it never did).
And can the Kernel be updated to the latest one? If yes, how? I am sorry if I ask stupid questions, but I know nothing about any Linux OS (the only thing I know about Linux, is that it has a lot of freedom, it is a lot better than windows/MAC, and that it is very stable).

openSUSE 13.2 and Tumbleweed are different things.
openSUSE 13.2 only has a 3.16 kernel.

Apparently you (knowingly or unknowingly) upgraded to Tumbleweed at some point, and this very well might be the source of your problems.
Upgrade, by running “sudo zypper dup” and you will have the latest kernel as well, but see below.

NAME=openSUSE
VERSION="20150216 (Tumbleweed)"
VERSION_ID="20150216"
PRETTY_NAME="openSUSE 20150216 (Tumbleweed) (x86_64)"
ID=opensuse
ANSI_COLOR="0;32"
CPE_NAME="cpe:/o:opensuse:opensuse:20150216"
BUG_REPORT_URL="https://bugs.opensuse.org"
HOME_URL="https://opensuse.org/"
ID_LIKE="suse"

You are running Tumbleweed, not 13.2. And a quite old version of that.

#  | Alias                               | Name                         | Enabled | Refresh | Priority | Type   | URI                                                                                     
---+-------------------------------------+------------------------------+---------+---------+----------+--------+-----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
1  | Packman_Repository                  | Packman Repository           | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://packman.inode.at/suse/openSUSE_12.2/Essentials/                                  
2  | games                               | games                        | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/games/openSUSE_Factory/                       
3  | http-download.opensuse.org-1836b135 | openSUSE:13.2:Update         | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/openSUSE:/13.2:/Update/standard/              
4  | http-download.opensuse.org-2eacaf38 | home:X0F:branches:multimedia | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/X0F:/branches:/multimedia/openSUSE_13.2/
5  | http-download.opensuse.org-56cc2fad | home:X0F:branches:network    | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/X0F:/branches:/network/openSUSE_13.2/   
6  | http-download.opensuse.org-62477bb4 | multimedia:libs              | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/libs/openSUSE_13.2/               
7  | http-download.opensuse.org-9cf71147 | multimedia:apps              | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/multimedia:/apps/openSUSE_13.2/               
8  | http-download.opensuse.org-ae754cda | network                      | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/network/openSUSE_13.2/                        
9  | http-download.opensuse.org-b1a92509 | mozilla                      | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/mozilla/openSUSE_13.2/                        
10 | http-download.opensuse.org-bc609b12 | home:X0F                     | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/X0F/openSUSE_13.2/                      
11 | http-download.opensuse.org-c362f9a8 | home:NarkoZ:drivers          | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/home:/NarkoZ:/drivers/openSUSE_13.2/          
12 | http-opensuse-guide.org-7f17369c    | libdvdcss repository         | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://opensuse-guide.org/repo/openSUSE_Tumbleweed/                                     
13 | openSUSE-20150216-0                 | openSUSE-20150216-0          | Yes     | No      |   99     | yast2  | cd:///?devices=/dev/disk/by-id/usb-ATAPI_DVD_A_DH16ABSH_0160F0110250-0:0                
14 | repo-debug                          | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Debug    | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/debug/tumbleweed/repo/oss/                                 
15 | repo-non-oss                        | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Non-Oss  | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/non-oss/                                   
16 | repo-oss                            | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Oss      | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | yast2  | http://download.opensuse.org/tumbleweed/repo/oss/                                       
17 | repo-source                         | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Source   | No      | Yes     |   99     | NONE   | http://download.opensuse.org/source/tumbleweed/repo/oss/                                
18 | repo-update                         | openSUSE-Tumbleweed-Update   | Yes     | Yes     |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/update/tumbleweed/                                         
19 | wine                                | wine                         | Yes     | No      |   99     | rpm-md | http://download.opensuse.org/repositories/Emulators:/Wine/openSUSE_13.1/ 

That’s quite a bad mixture of repositories.

First of all, you should decide whether you want to use 13.2, or Tumbleweed (the rolling distribution).

Tell us your decision, and you will get advice on what repos to remove and how to move on.

And please, again, post the output of “/sbin/lspci -nnk” to see what wireless chip you really have.

wolfi323,

Here is as you requested, also I read that on a OpenSUSE forum. Interestingly enough, others said it worked, so that is why I had downloaded it.


00:00.0 Host bridge [0600]: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor DRAM Controller [8086:0154] (rev 09)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: ivb_uncore
00:02.0 VGA compatible controller [0300]: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core processor Graphics Controller [8086:0166] (rev 09)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: i915
        Kernel modules: i915
00:04.0 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation 3rd Gen Core Processor Thermal Subsystem [8086:0153] (rev 09)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
00:14.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB xHCI Host Controller [8086:1e31] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: xhci_hcd
        Kernel modules: xhci_pci
00:16.0 Communication controller [0780]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family MEI Controller #1 [8086:1e3a] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: mei_me
        Kernel modules: mei_me
00:1a.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #2 [8086:1e2d] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:1b.0 Audio device [0403]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family High Definition Audio Controller [8086:1e20] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: snd_hda_intel
        Kernel modules: snd_hda_intel
00:1d.0 USB controller [0c03]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family USB Enhanced Host Controller #1 [8086:1e26] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: ehci-pci
00:1f.0 ISA bridge [0601]: Intel Corporation QS77 Express Chipset LPC Controller [8086:1e56] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: lpc_ich
        Kernel modules: lpc_ich
00:1f.2 SATA controller [0106]: Intel Corporation 7 Series Chipset Family 6-port SATA Controller [AHCI mode] [8086:1e03] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel driver in use: ahci
00:1f.3 SMBus [0c05]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family SMBus Controller [8086:1e22] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]
        Kernel modules: i2c_i801
00:1f.6 Signal processing controller [1180]: Intel Corporation 7 Series/C210 Series Chipset Family Thermal Management Controller [8086:1e24] (rev 04)
        Subsystem: Lenovo Device [17aa:3977]

I have 2 OS on my laptop, Windows 8.1, and OpenSUSE 13.2. To get to know which adapter I have I changed to windows (since in OpenSUSE I did not have much luck finding it). I was not able to find a driver for itd s yet (which is for OpenSUSE). This internet is making me rip off all of my hair from my head sometimes, and I want to get rid of this problem a lot. Everytime I want to search anything on the web I have to reconnect to the internet (the worst part is this has to be done every 5 minutes.). I hope I have fulfilled your requests.

Cheers,
-Arpad Lenart

Downloaded what? The b43 driver?
That one is included in the kernel package, you don’t need to download it explicitely.
Or do you mean the necessary firmware? Or did you install the broadcom-wl driver?

I don’t see any wireless device in that list. Something seems to be missing… :wink:

Or could it be that you are using an USB device? That would of course be independent of the laptop in use.
Please post the output of “lsusb” as well.

wolfi323,

I would like to use whichever is better, the way I see it yet is that OpenSUSE is better (so prefferably I would choose OpenSUSE), so OpenSUSE would be my choice.
What I can`t understand, is that how did it upgrade to Tumbleweed; because as I know it, to upgrade to Tumbleweed (I did it on a computer before) takes 2 hours to do. It never notified me about anything.

Cheers,
-Arpad Lenart

Also, one very quick question:
Is Tumbleweed and OpenSUSE similar to each other? Or are they very different in use?

wolfi323,

I am starting to get confused (nothing to do with solving this but with the forum), I sometimes see posts which you have written and at other times I dont. Anyway, here are the results for the lsusb command:

Bus 002 Device 004: ID 5986:029c Acer, Inc 
Bus 002 Device 003: ID 2047:0855 Texas Instruments Invensense Embedded MotionApp HID Sensor
Bus 002 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 002 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 001 Device 005: ID 04f3:000a Elan Microelectronics Corp. Touchscreen
Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:1724 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8723AU 802.11n WLAN Adapter
Bus 001 Device 003: ID 0bda:0129 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTS5129 Card Reader Controller
Bus 001 Device 002: ID 8087:0024 Intel Corp. Integrated Rate Matching Hub
Bus 001 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub
Bus 004 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0003 Linux Foundation 3.0 root hub
Bus 003 Device 001: ID 1d6b:0002 Linux Foundation 2.0 root hub

Cheers,
-Arpad Lenart

Well, first of all, Tumbleweed is “openSUSE” as well.

And it’s not really that one is “better” than the other.

Tumbleweed is the “rolling” distribution, i.e. you get the latest versions of all packages, all the time. A release like 13.2 is a defined “snapshot” so to say, it gets released at one point in time and then only gets security and bugfix updates. But it also only has a definite support lifecycle, and will be abandoned some time in the future, see Lifetime - openSUSE Wiki .

Again, you yourself have to decide what you want to use.
A released version is IMHO better suited for newcomers though.

What I can`t understand, is that how did it upgrade to Tumbleweed; because as I know it, to upgrade to Tumbleweed (I did it on a computer before) takes 2 hours to do. It never notified me about anything.

Well, you somehow added the Tumbleweed repos. This is not done automatically.
Maybe you clicked at a 1-click install for Tumbleweed at some time in the past?

Strange though that you don’t even have the standard 13.2 repos in your list (except for 13.2-Updates), only Tumbleweed. That would imply that you installed from a Tumbleweed installation medium, or you removed them manually.

wolfi323,

So you are saying, that Tumbleweed gets a lot of security and bugfixes? How about OpenSUSE? Which one would you recommend for me (as a beginner)? I have no idea which one to choose anymore.

Cheers,
-Arpad Lenart

Well, we seem to be writing at the same time… :wink:

Anyway, here are the results for the lsusb command:

Bus 001 Device 004: ID 0bda:1724 Realtek Semiconductor Corp. RTL8723AU 802.11n WLAN Adapter

Ok, that’s the one.
Well, the driver for that is quite new (see '[PATCH v2 0/1] New driver: rtl8723au (mac80211)' - MARC), so I guess you should stay with Tumbleweed for now.

Maybe a “zypper dup” to bring your system to the latest state will fix your problems.
But you should remove/disable all non Tumbleweed/Factory repos before that.

Both get security and bugfix updates.
But Tumbleweed also gets new feature versions of software.

If you use Tumbleweed, you shouldn’t have a need for additional repos (except Packman, and unless you want to have packages not included in the distribution of course), and you don’t have to upgrade to a newer openSUSE version as you are always using the latest version (if you keep your system up-to-date of course).

wolfi323,

Thank you very much for your help. I will do as you said. And hopefully it will solve my internet connection problems.

Thanks again,
-Arpad Lenart

wolfi323,

I have been thinking. And I would like to know your skype or email adress. This is so I can ask you any time for help (I am not too fimiliar with this website), since I would need help knowing how Linux works, I know Linux can do a lot better than Windows and MAC OS X. So may I have your email adress or skype? It is completely alright with me if you don`t want to give it. It is just so I can contact you quickly for help (also so I can share my screen…).

Cheers,
-Arpad Lenart

My email adress is: arpad.lenart@freemail.hu
I forgot to put this into the last post. :confused:

Cheers,
-Arpad

wolfi323,

I have run into a problem.


Installation of glibc-locale-2.21-1.1 failed:
Error: Subprocess failed. Error: RPM failed:    installing package glibc-locale-2.21-1.1.x86_64 needs 47MB on the / filesystem


Abort, retry, ignore? [a/r/i] (a): 

Cheers,
-Arpad