Wireless not working

Hello, I am new on this and this is my first problem. I can not connect to the wireless network. I was in the administrator and the system is recognizing the wireless card, I can see the mac address, the activating option, and the IP address option; nevertheless, the led on my laptop that should be blue when the wireless card is activated is in red (which normally in windows means the card is not activated). I check the activation in the grey globe icon and the wireless card is supposed to be activated. I set up a network and then the grey globe becomes a kind of rotating star but the firefox never get connected.
Any help? maybe the card is not really activated since the indicating led is red? How can I be sure the card is activated?
Thanks and regards,
Ibrahim

My car doesn’t start.

That statement is as useful for you to fix my car as the info you gave
us about your wireless. All we know is that your driver is loaded.

Please run the command ‘/sbin/lspci -nnv’ and post the first two lines
of the output that describes your wireless. That way we will know what
device you have. In addition, you should check the output of the
‘dmesg’ command to see if it has any error messages, such as firmware
not being loaded, etc.

You should also read the stickies at the start of this forum.

Larry

Well, now I two questions and many reports. First question: How can I interchange a file between the Linux partitions and the Windows partitions; second question: please see the reports in accordance to your advisement, my reports is especially different to what you posted on the last two commands and I think is good to say that the indicating LED for the wlan is still red (it should be blue). What is happening, how can I solved it?? thanks and regards, Ibrahim.

/sbin/lspci

01:00.0 Network controller: Broadcom Corporation BCM94311MCG wlan mini-PCI (Rev 01)

/sbin/lspci -n
01:00.1 0280: 14e4: 4311 (Rev 01)
b43-phy0: Broadcom 4311 wlan found
phy0: Selected rate control algorithm: PID
driver loaded
[Fedoes: PMIR ID: FW13
ieee1394: host added: ID: BUS [0-00:1023] GUID 07e40a00a39b5004)

/usr/sbin/iwconfig
wlan0 IEEE 802.11 ESS ID:""
Mode: Managed channel 0 AP: Not associated
Tx power= 0dbm
Retry min limit: 7 RTS th: off Fragment th= 2352B
Link quality: 0 Signal level:0 Noise Level:0
Rx invalid nwid: 0 Rx invalid cript: 0 Rx invalid frag: 0
Tx excesive retries: 0 invalid misc: 0 missded beacom: 0

sudo /usr/sbin/iwlist scan
Lo interface doesn’t support scan
eth0 interface doesn’t support scan
wmaster0 interface doesn’t support scan
wlan0 interface doesn’t support scan

It is evident that is not communicating with the AP; why???

Ok, I finally found a problem with the firmware. Now I must install the firmware; the first line of the error message told me b43/ucode5.fw then it said that I should download the firmware and install it from

http://linuxwireless.org/en/users/drivers/b43#devicefirmware.

I searched for the Broadcom firmwares and I found this page for b43 firmware installation

b43 - Linux Wireless

The first problem is that my laptop which is a HP Pavilion dv2000 is not in the available devices list

Nevertheless, probably the b43legacy could work.

The second problem, it says I should have an internet connection (which I have not because I am still dealing with the card) to execute the commands in the following link

b43 - Linux Wireless

So, what can I do??? I am working from Windows but I am trying to go to Linux, I must find the way to install the firmware offline; also I need to know the opensuse 11 firmware location, the article says it is normally /lib/firmware. Is this the one in OpenSUSE???

Any help is highly appreciated…

P.D. My car’s still not running…

Ok, another problem is that I am not familiarized with the Unix commands. I have downloaded the files b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2 and wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o. Nevertheless I do not know how to execute all the following commands (that take the files from the internet) having the files in the hard disk. Can I do this using the GUI? how? I am using KDE4

Thanks a lot, I am sorry but I am really new in this… :shame:

wget http://bu3sch.de/b43/fwcutter/b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
tar xjf b43-fwcutter-011.tar.bz2
cd b43-fwcutter-011
make
cd …
export FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR="/lib/firmware"
wget http://downloads.openwrt.org/sources/wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o
sudo ./b43-fwcutter-011/b43-fwcutter -w “$FIRMWARE_INSTALL_DIR” wl_apsta-3.130.20.0.o

That was why we needed to have the output of lspci. Now that we know
that you have Broadcom hardware, my next request would have been to
get you to use dmesg to look at any b43 messages.

In the stickies at the beginning of this forum is one entitled
“Additional Wireless Bits”. It has the instructions on how to install
firmware when you do not have an Internet connection when running Linux.

If your Windows file system is NTFS, you can mount it using ntfs-3g to
make it read/write.

Larry

No, the GUI won’t work for you. Some tasks are not worth the effort of
writing a GUI as they only need to be done once, and only a small
fraction of the users ever need to do it. If all such things had a GUI
front-end and were included in a distro, you would need a 3 TB disk
just to load the OS.

Do you understand how a GUI system works? Do you know about callbacks,
etc. Have you ever done any programming? You don’t have to know how or
why a set of console commands work. All you have to do is open a
terminal and copy/paste or retype those commands. The programs that
are used will do their thing and your firmware will be installed.

Did you read the sticky that I referred you to earlier? The reason I
sent you there is that the command sequence you got from the Linux
Wireless site also downloads and builds the fwcutter program, whereas
openSUSE 11.0 already has that available. That is why I simplified the
commands listed in the sticky.

I put a lot of effort into helping on these forums. The one thing I
DEMAND is that you read what I write, and do what I say!!!

Larry

Larry, you stole my auto mechanic analogy! :wink:

Well my dear friend, you know what are you talking about. I fulfilled your demands and now I am writing this surfing the internet from Linux. Thanks a lot.

I think you should not think that people like me do not estimate your time and effort for helping us, so thanks again for helping me to start my car.

Now, I look for mounting procedures int he OpenSUSE help, but I could not find any. If you could give me some light, I will thank you one more time.

Thanks a lot,
Ibrahim:)

ibrahimenrique wrote:
> Well my dear friend, you know what are you talking about. I fulfilled
> your demands and now I am writing this surfing the internet from Linux.
> Thanks a lot.

Good for you.

> I think you should not think that people like me do not estimate your
> time and effort for helping us, so thanks again for helping me to start
> my car.

What happens is that I get frustrated because my advice and questions
are ignored.

> Now, I look for mounting procedures int he OpenSUSE help, but I could
> not find any. If you could give me some light, I will thank you one more
> time.

In Linux, the file system has a single root, unlike Windows where each
drive (C:, D:, etc.) has a separate root. To mount a partition, you
should start YaST => System => Partitioner. It will warn you that this
is for experts, but go ahead. As long as you do not choose to format
the partition, then you won’t get into difficulty. Find the partition
you want mounted, click on it, and select edit. You can then enter the
mount point. I’m surprised that the openSUSE installer didn’t set it
up to be mounted on /windows/C. Once you add a mount point with the
Partition tool, it will be mounted at boot time.

Larry